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Customize Windows Vista To make it Windows 7

Posted by Milan at 9.16.2009
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Windows 7 is the next generation operating system by Microsoft.Windows 7 is now at beta stage and will be released at about year 2009-2010.
Now user can try the feeling using 'Windows 7′ by changing the theme of Windows Vista.These are the steps.
Because Windows Vista doesn't allow user to use third-party theme,so user need to patch system files in order to use the third-party theme.User need to patch 3 system files to use third-party theme in Windows Vista.The files are:

  • shsvcs.dll
  • themeui.dll
  • uxtheme.dll

These are the website to download these system files:

For Windows Vista(32bit):http://www.withinwindows.com/uxthemes/Windows%20Vista/SP0/6.0.6000.16386_XX.rar

For Windows Vista(64bit):http://www.withinwindows.com/uxthemes/Windows%20Vista/SP0/6.0.6000.16386_XX_AMD64.rar

For Windows Vista(32bit) Service Pack 1:http://www.withinwindows.com/uxthemes/Windows%20Vista/SP1/6.0.6001.18000_XX.rar

For Windows Vista(64bit) Service Pack 1:http://www.withinwindows.com/uxthemes/Windows%20Vista/SP1/6.0.6001.18000_AMD64_XX.rar

After download the RAR file,extract it using WinRAR(download here) or 7-Zip(download here),you will get the three .dll file.
Highlight that 3 .dll file can right click "Take Ownership" it.

Rename that three .dll file so that user can easily copy the file.Example simply add a "backup" at last of each file name.Such as "shsvcs_backup.dll"

After that go to Windows Explorer type in "%windir%\System32″.

Copy and paste that three 'Take Ownership-ed" .dll file in that folder.

Restart yout system.Now your system is ready to use third-party theme.

Download the third-party Windows 7 theme from:



Extract the zipped folder.Copy the folder(containing a .theme file and a folder containing .msstyles file) to "%windir%\Resources\Themes\" folder.

Now user can go to Personalize(right click on the desktop),click on "theme" will find a new theme from the drop-down list.Apply it.


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