Install Aero Cursor Scheme In Windows XP

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 5, 2008
Updated • Dec 4, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP

You find many tutorials on the Internet about installing fonts that shipped with Windows Vista in Windows XP. There are literally hundreds of websites that explain how to change the look and feel of Windows XP so that it resembles a Windows Vista Theme but only a handful that tell you how to use and install the Windows Vista Aero cursor set in Windows XP.

The easiest way to install the Windows Vista Aero cursor set in Windows XP is to simply download a specially prepared package that comes with an installer. All that needs to be done to install the cursor package is to right-click the Install.inf file that comes with the package and choose the install option from the context menu.

The cursor package will be installed in Windows XP and can then be selected in the Control Panel as the main cursor scheme for Windows XP. The correct path is Control Panel > Mouse and a click on the Pointers tab in that window.

The Aero cursor scheme should show up in the menu as Aero Cursors (Alphablended). A selection of that cursor scheme and a click on the Apply button will activate the cursor scheme in Windows XP. The cursor scheme has been tested in Windows XP SP3 English and found to be working fine. It should work with other language editions of Windows XP as well.

Update: Windows XP and Windows Vista users can download the Windows 7 cursor scheme to their computer systems. The mouse cursor pack is offered on the developer's Deviant Art page. Installation is handled exactly in the same way. Extract the contents of the package to your system, right-click tine install.rdf file and select the installation option to install the new cursors in the operating system. The scheme appears as Windows 7 mouse cursors in the configuration panel.


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  1. AAG_1 said on January 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Good! it worked for me!
    now my Windows XP looks Like Windows 7!
    but i need windows 7 theme for Windows XP :(!

    Thanks ghacks!
    i liked it!

  2. nik said on July 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    you r the best

  3. vinnie said on March 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    hey, whats that theme your’e using on your computer?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Vinnie it was a custom XP theme, cannot remember the name though as it was years ago.

  4. vinnie said on March 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    whats that theme your using on your computer?

  5. saad symbian said on July 8, 2011 at 12:33 am

    thnkx sir thankyou soooo much again tnx for this i am realy enjoy this corsor tnx work great on win xp sp3 pro tnx tnku soo much

  6. 2godlybeing214 said on January 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Good Stuff

  7. Lukong said on December 11, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Also your Alt select is different, Why? Did you modify this cursors?

  8. Lukong said on December 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I just found out they missed some cursors so I decided to keep some of your cursors, but unless you come out with an authentic look, 3 sizes and with that awesome Install file Please Notify me.

  9. Lukong said on December 11, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Sadly though its much more grueling with this one. I have to browse for them one by one. Hackers/Programmers and Artists should work together, but its the whole Lone Wolf thing people like.

    1. Lukong said on December 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

      As I was putting the Cursors in I just found out there more ethnic than this cursors cause they say that the Blue circle is suppose to reflect light onto the arrow and the one I got by LiLmEgZ97 has that.

  10. Lukong said on December 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I has Brains, but I has not used my brains
    cause the folder goes in C:\WINDOWS\Cursors folder and I saw where the “Aero Cursors” are.

  11. Lukong said on December 11, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Sadly, the bigger ones don’t have an install file

  12. Lukong said on December 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Sorry for being irrelevant, but awesome Install Setup Information file. Right-Click and Install. Just wondering if there’s a tutorial on making files on that.

    1. Lukong said on December 11, 2010 at 9:14 am

      This feels like 7-Zip and the nice looking Tango Icons they made for it.

  13. Deepesh Divakaran said on May 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Wow… It works wonderful….! thanks for the pack..!

  14. EDUARDO said on March 26, 2010 at 2:28 am


  15. Jackson said on February 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Can you get the large and extra large cursors please?

    And thanks for this pack, when I put the Aero cursors on XP from Windows 7, it didn’t look good, it looked dumb, and the Precision and Text cursors weren’t there!

    I got this because I’m trying to make my XP computer look like Windows 7… :D

  16. Dave said on March 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks a lot!!

  17. Hi said on October 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    work fine in french Win XP SP3

  18. Martin said on October 6, 2008 at 10:40 am


  19. argoneric said on October 6, 2008 at 10:39 am

    will it also work in Windows XP SP2?

  20. unruled said on October 6, 2008 at 7:29 am

    problem with changing cursors in XP is that any remote desktop session willl slow down as hell

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