How to Download and Install Aero Glass Themes for Windows XP
If you are a fan of the Aero Glass effect that was introduced in Windows Vista and Windows 7, you might be wondering if you can get it on your Windows XP computer. Aero Glass is a visual style that adds transparency, blur, and reflection effects to the windows and taskbar, giving them a sleek and modern look. Unfortunately, Windows XP does not support Aero Glass natively, but there are some third-party solutions that can help you achieve a similar effect.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install Aero Glass themes for Windows XP using two different methods: one that requires patching some system files, and one that does not. Both methods will allow you to enjoy a variety of Aero Glass themes that you can find online.
Method 1: Patching System Files
This method involves modifying some system files that control the appearance of Windows XP, such as uxtheme.dll and shell32.dll. This will allow you to use custom themes that are not signed by Microsoft. However, this also means that you will need to backup your original files and restore them if something goes wrong. You will also need to have administrator privileges on your computer.
Here are the steps to follow:
Download the Aero Glass Themes for Windows XP pack from the Internet Archive. This pack contains several Aero Glass themes that you can choose from, as well as some tools and instructions.
Extract the contents of the pack to a folder on your desktop or any other location.
Open the folder and run the UxTheme Multi-Patcher.exe file. This will patch your uxtheme.dll file to allow custom themes. Follow the on-screen instructions and restart your computer when prompted.
After restarting, open the folder again and run the Shell32 Patcher.exe file. This will patch your shell32.dll file to enable transparency effects. Follow the on-screen instructions and restart your computer when prompted.
After restarting, open the folder again and browse through the subfolders that contain different Aero Glass themes. Each theme has a preview image and a .msstyles file. Copy the .msstyles file and its corresponding folder to C:\\Windows\\Resources\\Themes.
Right-click on your desktop and select Properties. Go to the Appearance tab and click on the Advanced button. Under Item, select Window and change its Color to white. Click OK twice.
Go back to the Themes tab and select one of the Aero Glass themes from the drop-down menu. Click Apply and OK.
You should now see your windows and taskbar with Aero Glass effects. You can change the theme anytime by repeating step 6.
Method 2: Using WindowBlinds
This method does not require patching any system files, but it does require installing a third-party software called WindowBlinds. WindowBlinds is a program that lets you customize the look and feel of Windows XP with various skins and themes. It also supports Aero Glass effects without modifying any system files.
Here are the steps to follow:
Download and install WindowBlinds from its official website. You can use the free trial version for 30 days or purchase a license for $9.99.
Download some Aero Glass themes for WindowBlinds from sites like WinCustomize or DeviantArt. Make sure they are compatible with WindowBlinds 10 or higher.
Double-click on the downloaded theme files to install them in WindowBlinds.
Open WindowBlinds and select one of the Aero Glass themes from the left panel. Click on Apply Style to Current Desktop.
You should now see your windows and taskbar with Aero Glass effects. You can change the theme anytime by opening WindowBlinds again. ec8f644aee