As a computer and internet addict, there are times where I get tired of seeing the same Windows 7 Aero theme (even though it is freaking awesome). So I thought, hey, why don’t I get the Windows XP look, just to remember the Windows XP days? I put together this post so that other people who want to join in on the fun can do so.

GETTING THE TOOLS READY

Before we begin, we should download a few things:

Should The Above Link Not Work, here is a link to the theme (hosted on this site for backup link purposes):

Should the Above Link not work, here is a link to the Theme Patcher (hosted on this site for backup link purposes):

Now that you have everything, it is time to move to the next step – installing everything.

INSTALLING EVERYTHING

First things first, after downloading the theme patcher, install it by running the desired application (pick x64 for 64 bit or x86 for 32 bit). For this post, I am using Universal Theme Patcher. A window like this should pop up:

You might get a report window showing you what needs to be done. Do not panic! Its okay. Click Ok and continue: 

Universal Theme Patcher Prompt
Universal Theme Patcher Prompt
Universal Theme Patcher User Interface
Universal Theme Patcher User Interface

Now, patch up all the files that need to be patched (Do this by clicking the “Patch” buttons in the program). After doing so, you might be prompted to restart your PC. Follow the prompt – yes Its hard restarting a PC when torrents are flying 😀

After restarting your PC, it is now time to add the actual themes and put them into action.

APPLYING THE THEMES

To add the themes to your list of available themes, copy the contents of the theme folder inside the zip file you just downloaded for the Windows XP look – copy these files into:

 

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

You can replace ‘C:\Windows\’ with ‘%windir%\’

Copy The contents of the theme folder from the Windows XP Pack into the Themes folder (link in post)
Copy The contents of the theme folder from the Windows XP Pack into the Themes folder (link in post)

After doing that, right click anywhere on your desktop, select “Personalize”. After the Personalization window shows up, scroll down and you should see “Luna” and “Luna Aero”. Click on one of them and your new Windows XP Look will appear!

The Personalization Window in Windows 7
The Personalization Window in Windows 7

 

The Windows XP Luna theme with Aero Support
The Windows XP Luna theme with Aero Support

 

Windows XP Luna Theme With No Aero
Windows XP Luna Theme With No Aero

And now, you are done 😀