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.
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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