DISCLAIMER: Follow this guide at your OWN risk! This may render your system unbootable or permanently damaged.
This procedure involves replacing your existing Windows Visual Theme DLL file(uxtheme.dll) to its hacked version so that it can allow NON-SIGNED Visual Themes i.e. Not Officially distributed by Microsoft.
Before we proceed further... do a system check!
No SHELL Replacement Programs like WindowBlinds or Talisman
No previous attempts to hack the Visual Theme DLL
OS: Windows XP Home/Pro with Service Pack 2
Browse to %Systemroot%\WINDOWS\System32\
Find uxtheme.dll file and right click>Properties>Version Tab
The File version should be: 6.0.2900.2180 (Check Screenshot: 1.JPG)
If you dont have this File Version listed for your uxtheme.dll file, then please stop here and do not follow this guide further as it would be unfit for your system.
BACKUP: Now make a folder somewhere and copy your current uxtheme.dll file, just incase you want to have some chances of recovering a failed hack!
Once its confirmed that your system is ready for the hack, download a very small program called 'Replacer' from the given URL.
Replacer is fav program of many system hacker as it allows you to replace a DLL file while your WINDOWS is UP and RUNNING!
Generally, you cant replace a System's DLL when your WINDOWS System is ON!
So get the REPLACER(10KB)! http://www3.telus.net/_/replacer/Replacer.zip
Another file that you need is the hacked version of original uxtheme.dll(112KB) file!
Get that from: http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.ph...post&id=122794
After downloading this file, unzip and do the same 'File Version' check as we did for the original uxtheme.dll
Ok.. now all set, lets began to replace the DLL File!
1) Unzip REPLACER
Double Click: Replacer.cmd file
(NOTE: Those using Microsoft Antispyware BETA, may get a popup asking permission for running the script...
Please select 'ALLOW')
At IDLE Stage, your Replacer.cmd looks like in screenshot: 2.JPG
2)Now as the screen text says.. you have to DRAG your ORIGINAL theme file to the Replacer Window! (i.e. Drag your uxtheme.dll file from %Systemroot%\WINDOWS\System32\)
When you do this, the Replacer Window would show the path to that file! (Check screenshot: 3.JPG)
Now press ENTER
3)The next window would ask you to drag the replacement uxtheme.dll file, i.e. the hacked dll file which you downloaded! (Check: Screenshot: 4.JPG)
Drag that from the place where you UNZIPPED the file..as earlier it would again show you the path from where you dragged! (Check: Screenshot: 5.JPG)
Now press ENTER