QuickSilver XP Theme
Windows XP comes with a collection of official themes that can be used for customizing its appearance, but there are a variety of third-party themes out there that you can try out. One example is QuickSilver XP Theme, enabling Windows XP users to completely change the appearance of their computer and give it a brand new look.
Themes are a great method that anyone can use to personalize the outward aspect of the computer, allowing users to change the characteristics of each element, such as windows, menus, the task bar, the wallpapers, the system icons and the fonts.
Note that the ‘uxtheme.dll’ system file is needed in order to use third-party themes. Patching this DLL file requires advanced know-how or a dedicated application that can perform such operations.
Installing the theme is a matter of a button’s click and once the setup process is finished, you are prompted to choose the theme from a list and apply the changes. The computer does not require a restart for the modifications to take effect.
QuickSilver XP Theme enables you to apply a silver-colored skin to your computer and enjoy the new color palette and the abstract desktop wallpaper. It only works with Windows XP, thus it is of no use to those who have more recent Windows systems.
All the system icons are changed during this process, including those of ‘Recycle Bin’, ‘My Computer’, ‘Internet Explorer’ or ‘My Network Places’. All the windows’ edges become square-shaped and the standard blue task bar of Windows XP disappears to make room for a brand new silver one. The theme changes the active and the inactive title bars, the menus and message boxes, the scrollbars and tooltips.
The start menu is also enhanced, since it loses its XP-specific appearance. The theme combines light and dark gradients and text shadows in order to please the eye and enhance the overall user experience.
QuickSilver XP Theme provides you with a simple and fast way to give a personal touch to the outside look of your virtual working environment. If you got bored with the standard aspect of your Windows XP computer and feel like trying a different theme, this alternative is a good choice.
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