3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XP

windowsvistalogo   3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XPI’m going to be honest with you. I’ve only played around with Windows Vista a tiny bit, but we can all agree that it’s pretty. Until I can upgrade to a new PC, I’ll have to settle with the eye-candy of unofficial, third-party, Windows Vista themes for XP.

All of these Vista themes are free, and can be loaded onto your system once you have installed the Ux Theme Multi-Patcher. Please note that if you have upgraded XP to Service Pack 3, you must use the Patcher program linked here instead.

Installation instructions are included in each theme’s archive file. ZIP archives can be opened by Windows directly, RAR archives can be opened by 7-Zip which is also free. I’ve looked at lots of themes, and I’m sure that these are the best of the best.

Vista Live Pack

vistalivepackstartmenu   3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XP

vistalivepackclassicstartmenu   3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XP

vistalivepackproperties   3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XP

I’m a fan of blue themes, and the Vista Live Pack fits in well alongside any Windows Live software. It’s bright without being childish, and comes with a simple but elegant gradient wallpaper.

Razor Vista

razorvistastartmenu   3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XP

razorvistaproperties   3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XP

I like blue, but I love dark themes. They’re hard to pull off well, but the latest version of Razor Vista looks very slick. I like how the corner buttons are just slightly separated.

Vista Inspirat 2

vistainspiratstartmenu   3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XP

vistainspiratproperties   3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XP

From the glossy black finish on the compact Taskbar, to the Explorer “Tasks” panel which has been turned horizontal, to the multiple Start Menu options, to the crystal-white glass finish on the windows, I am in love with this theme. It’s the best and most Vista-like I’ve seen yet.

Honorable Mentions: VistaVG Blue Refresh, Royale Vista Hybrid, Windows 7, DZVista and its variants.

Now that you’ve installed Windows Vista theme for XP, you may be intrigued by five more tools to make XP look and behave like Vista. If I’ve missed any gems, please let us know in the comments.

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Windows Guy

Also there are many free themes available to turn XP into Vista. Vista Transformation pack is also a good one.

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Aibek

Vista Transformation is Good but it’s also a very extensive one. It changes lots of stuff in system setting so I’d recommend starting with something simpler as the ones above.

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Mindaugas

You could try vistamizer. It does the job really well ;)

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Chris

Im using Vista Inspirat 2 right now. Its from crystalxp.net/galerie/en.id.130.htm
the link you have is incorrect.

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Tim Watson

What you’ve linked to is a pack which alters several system files and is not the same as the theme I’ve linked above, which only requires that a single Windows system file be changed, and is thus much safer.

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mariafox

I did that theme for a while, but now a use flyakite os x. Cause windows inspirat 2 updated and now it has a virus. :(

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Deepak T

Will this work on XP 64bit?

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Tim Watson

It should as far as I know.

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Deepak T

Ok, thank you..

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FreeYM

Razor Vista looks very good.

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bigballer23

Razor vista is cool!LOL

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rick

Windows Vista looks cool, but it is very slow. I believe windows xp is the best windows microsoft ever made, so it’s better to make windows xp look like vista than upgrading to windows vista.

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Khalil

it’s amazing,But it is more amazing when you use it in 68-bit CPU.

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