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Making Windows 7 & Windows 8 Look Like XP
Thanks to Classic Shell, it's easy to make Microsoft's Windows 7 or Windows 8 look like Windows XP! Microsoft loves to change their main graphical user interface each time a new version of Windows is released. However, in my opinion, Xp's look and feel was the best in terms of readability and ease-of-use. I've spent countless hours hoping that one day I could make Windows 7 look like XP. Without Microsoft, we would not have one of the best themes ever created for Windows, the Luna theme! Today, I can safely say it is finally possible to make Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 look like XP, and here's how to do it:
(Windows 7 Only): Download Universal Theme Patcher
The first step to getting Windows 7 or Windows 8 to look like XP is to download the Universal Theme Patcher. This utility allows you to run third party themes for Windows. Without it, you will not be able to install the XP theme created by Microsoft named Luna.
Using Universal Theme Patcher
Extract the Universal Theme Patcher using an archive utility such as WinRar or 7-Zip. Browse to the folder you just extracted, and inside the UniversalThemePatcher_20090409 folder, you'll see two executable files named UniversalThemePatcher-x64.exe and UniversalThemePatcher-x86.exe. If you're running a 64-bit installation of Windows 7, run UniversalThemePatcher-x64.exe. If you're not running a 64-bit installation of Windows 7, run UniversalThemePatcher-x86.exe. If you don't know, you can find out by going to Start → Settings → Control Panel → System. On this page, it will notify you if you're running a 64-bit OS. Run the program and choose your language. You'll see a screen similar to the one shown below:
Patch the 3 files by clicking on "Patch". The program will let you know if you're successful. After all of the files have been patched, restart Windows 7. You can now use custom themes and don't need to run the Universal Theme Patcher again.
Downloading the Windows 7 Luna and Royale Themes
(Windows 8 and 8.1 Only): Download UltraUXThemePatcher
Before you can download and install custom third party themes for Windows 8 or 8.1, you'll need to download and install UltraUXThemePatcher. This program patches Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 allowing you the ability to use any theme you want!
Downloading the Windows 8 Luna and Royale Themes
The Luna and Royale themes have finally been ported over to Windows 8.1. They should work in Windows 8, but they have been tested in 8.1. If you want to make the themes look even truer to their Windows 7 counterparts, please take a look at installing Aero Glass for Win8
Installing Custom Themes (Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1)
Extract the theme files into your Windows\Resources\Themes directory, usually C:\Windows\Resources\Themes using WinRar or 7-Zip. To use a theme, go back to your desktop, right click on your desktop, and choose "Personalize". Under installed themes, you should now see the Luna and Royale Blue themes. Simply click on either to change your theme.
The XP Custom Start Buttons
Just right click each image, and choose "Save As". Download them to your computer, and use them when configuring Classic Shell. The process is described in the proceeding section.
Get the XP Start Button and Menu Back
Download and install the latest version of Classic Shell. If the link is dead for some reason, you can download it from the mirror here. After you have downloaded and installed Classic Shell, click on your current Windows 7 start button. A window pops up. Click on Windows XP under the "Start Menu Style" tab. Next click on the "All Settings" radio button. Go to the "Start Button" tab, select the Replace Start Button checkbox. Under "Button Look", choose "Custom Button". Now, to use the start button you downloaded from this site, click on "Button Image". You'll see a path and a box with "..." in it. Click here, and browse to your where you saved the start button. Choose the button, and click on OK. You will be advised to restart before the settings apply. Restart or log off, and then log back in. You'll see your classic start menu. Enjoy!
Check out this video for step by step instructions!
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
Making Linux Look Like XP
If you want Linux to look like Windows XP, download the Luna theme from the link below!
Download the Luna XP Theme for Linux
Previous Fully Functional Versions
Luna Linux Theme Description
The GNOME2 based GTK2 theme Luna has been ported successfully over to GTK3 (tested within the MATE desktop environment). The Luna theme (makes components look like Windows XP) now works correctly with the latest and greatest Linux operating systems while still working in older versions of Linux still running GTK2 and GNOME2! Before the conversion to GTK3, graphical anomalies plagued nautilus, terminal windows, and gedit itself. However, that has all been corrected. Code was used from the Ambiance GTK3 theme to successfully convert Luna to GTK3.
To install the Luna theme in Linux, extract the files to any directory, and run the install.sh bash file! To install MATE on any version of Ubuntu and for a complete command walkthrough for installing the Luna theme itself, click here.
Check out this video for interactive instructions:
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