Recommended way when applying a custom themes in Windows is to use Universal Theme Patcher. It will patch your system files in windows so that you can use a 3rd party or custom themes.
Universal Theme Patcher is a free portable utility created by deepxw, that needed to run only once to be able to patch your system files.
Universal Theme Patcher for Windows
Patch uxtheme, free your Windows supports 3rd party desktop msstyle themes.
It is a universal theme patcher. Without language limited, Supports all language of windows!
1. Can operate in normal mode. Do not need to enter safe mode.
2. Choose the corresponding patcher based on you Windows:
For 32bit(x86): UniversalThemePatcher-x86.exe
For 64bit(amd64): UniversalThemePatcher-x64.exe
3. Require administrator rights. Right-click the exe file, select Run as Administrator.
4. XP/2003 only need to patch one file: uxtheme.dll
2008/Vista/Windows 7 6519 need to patch 3 files: uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll, shsvcs.dll
Windows 7 6801 need to patch 3 files: uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll, themeservice.dll
Sometimes, in x64 Windows, you need to patch 2 copies of files:
using UniversalThemePatcher-x64.exe to patch the 64bit files in windowssystem32;
and using UniversalThemePatcher-x86.exe to patch the 32bit files in windowssyswow64.
5. After patch, Restart computer to take effect.
If you use a 3rd party or custom themes in your Windows 7, Vista or XP as your default theme in your everyday use. We highly recommend to use Universal Theme Patcher as this is the most stable way in patching system files, not like our previous post about UXStyle that is not stable and a bit buggy.
Download Universal Theme Patcher for Windows (32bit/64bit)
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Note: Please make a restore point before patching your system, in case you run into trouble you can restore it back. We wont take responsible if you break your windows system, DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK.