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Install Vista Themes Without Patching The System First

Microsoft is protecting the Windows Vista operating system from unsigned third party themes. The protection prevents the installation from Vista themes if they have not been signed by Microsoft. The usual way of installing Vista themes is therefor to patch the files responsible for the protection so that third party themes can be installed on the operating system. The Vista Theme customization article covers those basics.

There is however a second possibility. Third party software that can load themes into Windows Vista. These programs usually patch the files themselves. One of those software programs that can install Vista themes automatically is Style Selector.

Style Selector is a free 200 Kilobyte portable application that runs on 32-bit editions of Windows Vista. New Vista themes have to be moved into the Styles folder. The Vista theme has to make use of a .styles file to be recognized by the software program.

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Vista themes that have been moved into the folder are automatically recognized by the application. Selecting the Vista theme in the list of available themes and clicking on the Apply button will load that theme into Windows Vista.

The Startup box can be checked to apply the Vista theme during startup so that the new theme will be available even after a reboot of the system. The same preferences allow to pick a default font and font size which will then be used as the standard font in Windows Vista.

Update: Style Selector is no longer available. The developer website returns an error and no download portal seems to carry the download.





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    Comments

    1. inoxllor said on November 23, 2008 at 8:04 pm
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      Great App! Thks. :D

    2. Joshua said on November 23, 2008 at 8:13 pm
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      Sounds good, but it won’t start on my machine. Does anyone know how I can get this to work?

    3. manjunath said on November 24, 2008 at 9:19 am
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      hi …it s give us gud service

    4. Cee Bohannon said on November 24, 2008 at 8:54 pm
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      The tool is not current available for download – 403 error.

    5. madema said on November 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm
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      it doesn’t work with vista 64 :(

    6. mahul patel said on March 29, 2009 at 12:33 am
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      ive downloaded style selector, extracted it and the theme. added the theme to the folder and it wont recognize it!

    7. ur mom said on July 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm
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      these chinese ppl wont let friggin download style selector they errored

    8. jesse said on July 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm
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      where can i download style selctor

    9. johann said on September 5, 2009 at 12:17 am
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      more like Japanese people………….not chinese………..LOL. I had to use the net to translate the japanese read me and make a alternate readme on wordpad……………… Still trying to figure this program out………..

    10. hak said on October 10, 2009 at 7:19 am
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      the themes good

    11. Danny said on November 3, 2010 at 8:43 am
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      Am I being an idiot?? Where is the download for this??

    12. Farhana said on May 31, 2011 at 8:03 am
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      Do you need to reboot? If yes are there other ways to install a theme without rebooting?

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