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XP Logins/Themes

By gregblade
Jun 16, 2008
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  1. Hi guys and gals,

    I've been running my Asus laptop for 2 and a half years now and because of what Im like (i get bored of looking at the same thing all the time) im looking at downloading some of the different interfaces for XP i.e. the different login screens and themes.

    I just wondered what people thought about it on here. Obviously I dont want to slow the system down nor do i want to download anything that can do damage. So I just wondered whether people think its worth doing? and if so, wheres best to do it from? I found some quite nice looking themes by just google searching for "Xp themes"

    Regards

    gregblade
  2. larryiam

    larryiam TS Rookie Posts: 577

    Go to Control Panel > Display > Themes

    If you want to download other themes from Microsoft, then just find an offical theme, download it, and open the exe. It will install automatically.

    If you want to use aftermarket theme, you will probably need to patch up "uxtheme.dll" which is explained how to do here. After you patch the file, you can find lots of themes at places like DeviantArt.com or Wincustomize.com

    There are also programs you can use like WindowBlinds or LiteStep, but they cost money.:(
  3. jhnroy

    jhnroy TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Windows XP BOOT/LOGON Screens

    Hi, it is good when you change you're windows configuration such as boot screen and logon screens.

    But be aware in doing this if you do it wrong you could stop you're computer from booting up.

    I used to use this website:

    themes.belchfire.net/themes.html

    It tell's you if it is compatible with you're Windows and also how-to-install the boot screens it also has a utility on there that will do it for you.

    Please let me know what you think.

    John
  4. gregblade

    gregblade TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Thanks for the advice guys.

    There are some quite nice looking themes etc on there. Im at work at the minute so i'll look into it more when I get back home.

    Im abit put off by the "if you dont install it correctly you might not be able to boot your laptop up" as im not the best when it comes to altering Windows settings. Any further advice on that matter would be much appreciated. Again, thanks for the advice.

    gregblade
  5. jhnroy

    jhnroy TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Boot/Logon Screens

    If you use the utilities provided on the websites you're computer should run fine.

    They tend to only go wrong if you try to do it manually. So stick to the utility.

    John
  6. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 TS Rookie Posts: 563

    yo gregblade

    Most XP themes are compressed into ZIP files (to the best of my knowledge).... make sure you scan thoroughly after downloading from the web as ZIPs tend to contain viruses many a time.

    As for applying the theme to Windows, i use a program called TuneUP Utilities.... works pretty well and has some other useful functions.

    good luck

    Spyder_1386 :)
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