So, how many of us are bored of looking at user interface of XP? Most of us, because Microsoft has only released 2-3 themes for XP from its launch. There are many different websites that allows to download themes for XP that are not developed by Microsoft. But by downloading them and adding them in windows directory does not usually guarantee theme to work properly.

Following are some steps to follow, all unsigned/third party themes to work properly.

  1. In order to use custom themes and MSStyles on your computer you need to patch up your Uxtheme.dll file. Otherwise you can only use signed themes  that are created by Microsoft.

  2. The appropriate Uxtheme.dll file

    If you are running Service Pack 1 then get this file.

    If you are running Service Pack 2 then get this file.

    Unzip the file, and execute it. Now you have successfully patched your Uxtheme.dll file.

  3. Now download any custom theme file and paste it in the following directory: C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes
  4. Now through properties windows change your theme and enjoy a great look of your XP interface.