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Chapter 5. A Primer on Third-Party Theme... > At Your Own Risk: Patching the uxthe...

At Your Own Risk: Patching the uxtheme.dll

Before we discuss downloading and installing skinning software, there is an alternative skinning possibility that you can use. You can patch the Windows XP uxtheme.dll skinning engine so that you can then apply visual styles that are not digitally signed (which is a requirement for any visual style using the unpatched uxtheme.dll).

Now, skinning software, such as Style XP or WindowBlinds have their own strategies for taking control of the visual aspects of the Windows interface and they are designed to do this without damaging the Windows OS or messing with files that are part of the OS such as the uxtheme.dll. In the case of Style XP it works with the uxtheme.dll skinning engine. WindowBlinds uses its own strategy to take control of the Windows skin using a skinning language.


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