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Windows Vista Customization Guide


The gui interface of windows vista is one of the most popular interface in the Operating system market today. There are some people do not like with appearance default of windows vista and wish to make appearance of windows vista as according to personal appetite. Lets customize your Windows Vista.

Customize Windows Vista Themes

Installing a 3rd party theme in windows Vista requires you to patch System and Msstyle files. Inorder to patch these files, you will have to download VistaGlazz utility.

VistaGlazz is a simple application which enables you to easily modify your Windows Vista installation to use custom styles and modify your Aero style to use the Glass effect on maximized windows.

If you wish to apply a downloaded 3rd party theme, you will have to save the Contents of the downloaded theme to “%windir%\resources\themes\” folder.

  • In the downloaded package, you will have 1 folder and 1 .theme files. Copy both of them to “%windir%\resources\themes\” folder.
  • Now right click on desktop – Personalize – themes.
  • Select the name of your downloaded theme and click Apply and Ok.

Customize Windows Vista Logon Screen

I read in an article on a blog that Vista does not provides any support for changing the look and feel of Logon Screen but recently Stardock Corporation launched LogonStudio Vista using which you can easily create, and change your own Vista Logon Screen.

To create a logon screen:

  • Click on Create.
  • Write the name of your theme and your nick.
  • Click Browse and select wallpaper. Try to use a JPEG file with highest possible resolution or use HD Wallpapers to avoid mosaic in your logon screen.
  • Click on Save. This will bring the Logon Screen on the Preview Panel but will not save it to hard disk and nor apply it.
  • Click Apply to apply the logon screen over your current logon screen or click Save to save the logon screen to hard disk.
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