NOT Another Vista Transformation Pack

Jun 12, 2008
Updated • Mar 11, 2012
Windows, Windows XP

That is correct. If you’re one of those people, and I believe they are still around, who still likes the Windows XP Luna interface (that’s the lollypop blue one), then this is a download for you.

Rather then transforming XP into that fancy Aero interface, or something too Mac-like or even Ubuntu earthiness, XPize simply turns XP into… XP.

Not quite, but it updates the Luna interface to a more modern look complete with glassy effects and cuts back on some of that bevelly goodness. It still looks like XP, but more in line with 2008 rather then 2001.

XPrize also does a good job of updating all those hundreds of interface quirks which are left over from Windows 95. You know, all those icons buried in the control panel and explorer. In fact the website says it patches 150 system files and updates hundreds of resources.

It’s very similar to the official Windows Royale theme, but with the addition of a new boot screen, animations, icons, logon screen, images, screensavers and more.

Here are some screenshots of the kinds of changes made:

And here is a desktop screenshot:

Does not look that bad, what you think?

Update: The Xpero theme for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has been removed. It is no longer available. an alternative to that is the XPize theme which likely has been created by the same author. The theme is compatible with all 32-bit versions of Windows XP, that is Home, Pro and MCE, as well as Server 2003.

The developer has added some extras to the full conversion. The theme itself comes with an installer that you need to execute to make the necessary changes on the system. I'd suggest you make a backup of the operating system, or at least the important data on the system before you start the installing of the theme.


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  1. Transcontinental said on June 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I agree with Rarst : many users of Bricopacks, for instance, have had big problems when installing XP SP3 over it. Can be OK if you return system files to original ones before major operations, but still I as well don’t like system files being dressed up!

  2. Enigma said on June 12, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I still use the windows classic theme, never have bought in to the fancy looking OS thing.

  3. Rarst said on June 12, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Cute idea. :) Love for eye-candy is eternal so I guess it would get quite a few users.

    btw if I find out any user at my work (unlikely but still) using software that “patches 150 system files”… I think massacre would be right word for situation. :)

    Not going to try it for same reason, software should really stay away from system files.

  4. Herbert said on June 12, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Ooh, the XPize icons do look quite detailed and high-res, but isn’t that the Royale theme used in MCE?

  5. Transcontinental said on June 12, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Neither XP nor Vista skins on my… XP! I just happen to prefer a few (2 in fact) outstanding WindowBlinds outfits. Subjective of course, but after all, if to choose, fashion or affinity ? Affinity here!

  6. Grimskallen said on June 12, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Hello, I’ve been using this myself, not too shabby!
    Never understood why they never changed all these icons, etc in the first place

    Note: you have a typo in the URL-link tekst:
    “XPize” should be “XPize”

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