Installing themes on your Vista desktop is now easier than ever. Simply follow this guide to have themes running on your computer in no time.

Installing a Desktop Theme in Vista or XP

To install a theme, do the following:

  1. Download a theme here
  2. Download and install VistaGlazz
    Install Themes in Windows Vista 1
  3. Open VistaGlazz
    Install Themes in Windows Vista 2
  4. Click on the first icon and click “Patch files” (You’ll need to reboot after this)
    Install Themes in Windows Vista 3
  5. OPTIONAL: Click the second icon to enable transparent title bars in maximized mode
    Install Themes in Windows Vista 4
  6. Extract the contents of the theme zip file you downloaded to %windir%ResourcesThemes (%windir% is usually C:Windows)
    Install Themes in Windows Vista 5
  7. Right click your desktop and click “Personalize
    Install Themes in Windows Vista 6
  8. Click “Theme
    Install Themes in Windows Vista 7
  9. Select your theme from the drop down list and click OK
    Install Themes in Windows Vista 8

Now you’ll need to change your wallpaper to match the theme and install any docks or other add-ons that came with the theme download (they’re all different, so it’s hard to write a comprehensive guide for them all.)

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