There are many patches to unlock protection that Microsoft put on Windows in order to prevent us to import our favorites themes and customize our desktop. Moreover, recently Code Gazer published a new version of VistaGlazz following the launch of Vista SP2
Today, I suggest you to discover a free tool which is still in beta version, developed by Rafael Rivera from Within Windows
: UxStyle Core
consists of a service, and a kernel driver that allows you to custom Windows without patching and modifying files of your system. It enables and disables the custom theme support and the kernel driver handles the patching (For 64-bit platforms, the kernel driver is signed with a digital certificate, as required by Microsoft). So you can directly apply your favorite themes.
Compatible with any Windows system, like Windows XP, Windows Vista and Window 7, you have just to download and install it.
Light, UxStyle Core
runs as a service in background, that we can see through task manager under the name Unsigned Themes
, and it will allow you to use 3rd party themes.
For more information, I invite you to go here
. And if you want to download it, you can follow this way
Of course, you can encounter some bugs. Don't hesitate to inform the author of UxStyle Core. Note that a Premium version (not free but final price has not yet been announced) of UxStyle will appear too. It will include live/automatic updates, and additional code to correct the Windows Aero
theme name issue in the Appearance Settings window on Windows Vista and 7.