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What You Have Learned So Far

You have learned different strategies for replacing and personalizing all the elements that make up a Windows skin, including visual styles, the Windows desktop, program windows, and the Windows XP boot and logon screens. Although each of the skinning software packages we have discussed, such as StarSkin, WindowBlinds, and Style XP, provides its own strategy for modifying the Windows interface, the overall effect they all provide is similar. These programs provide alternative graphics and color schemes for the various GUI elements. For example, Figure 14.1 shows the Airlock skin created by Mike Bryant.

Figure 14.1. Skins can provide a dramatic makeover for the Windows GUI.



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