3 Amazing Windows Vista Themes for XP

Tim Watson 20-02-2009

windows vista theme 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

vista theme on xp

Vista Live Pack Classic Start Menu

vista live pack 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

razor vista theme for xp

Razor Vista Display Properties

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 [No Longer Available]

vista inspirat 2 theme

Vista Inspirat 2 Properties

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.

If I’ve missed any gems, please let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Windows Vista, Windows XP.

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  3. Khalil
    September 11, 2009 at 5:45 am

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

  4. rick
    July 1, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    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.

  5. bigballer23
    March 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Razor vista is cool!LOL

  6. FreeYM
    February 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Razor Vista looks very good.

  7. Deepak T
    February 22, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Will this work on XP 64bit?

    • Tim Watson
      February 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm

      It should as far as I know.

      • Deepak T
        February 23, 2009 at 9:56 am

        Ok, thank you..

  8. Chris
    February 22, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Im using Vista Inspirat 2 right now. Its from
    the link you have is incorrect.

    • Tim Watson
      February 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

      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.

    • mariafox
      March 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm

      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. :(

  9. Mindaugas
    February 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm

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

  10. Windows Guy
    February 21, 2009 at 12:24 am

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

    • Aibek
      February 21, 2009 at 9:19 pm

      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.