How to Install & Use Custom 3rd Party Themes in Windows XP, Vista & 7

We here at wingenuine love Windows customization and we post several custom 3rd party themes time to time for changing Windows look-n-feel. But Windows doesn't allow 3rd party themes by default and we need to patch Windows to be able to use those themes.
We have posted about several free utilities in past which allow you to patch Windows to use 3rd party themes but people get confused sometimes which utility should they use in which Windows version?
So today to clear all confusions and to make your life easier, we are combining all tools in this single topic.
You can use any of the following mentioned free utilities to patch your Windows and to use your favorite 3rd party theme:
NOTE: All tools support Windows XP, Vista and 7.
Universal Theme Patcher
"Universal Theme Patcher" is an excellent UxTheme Patcher which supports Windows XP SP2/SP3, Server 2003, Vista SP1/SP2, Server 2008 and Windows 7. It can be used in both32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) systems.

You can download it using following links:
Following are simple steps to use this awesome tool:
1. You just need to run its EXE file and it'll ask you to select the language.
2. Click on OK button and it'll detect the OS and condition of the system files. It'll show you the information and will ask you for confirmation.
3. Click on Yes button. Now you'll see the main interface of this tool. You just need to click on the "Patch" button given for each file:
4.Once you patch a file, the "Restore" button gets activated so that you can restore the default file in future.
5. Restart your system and you'll be able to use 3rd party themes in Windows without any problem.

Additional language files: 

Project: Universal Theme Patcher
Blog: (English),
Support: Windows XP SP2 SP3/2003/2008/Vista SP1 SP2/Windows 7, All 32bit(x86)/64bit(x64)

Crack uxtheme, free your Windows supports 3rd party desktop msstyle themes.
1, Can oprate in normal mode. Do not need to enter safe mode.

2, Choose the corresponding patcher based on you Windows:
For 32bit(x86): UniversalThemePatcher-x86.exe
For 64bit(amd64): UniversalThemePatcher-x64.exe

3, Require administrator rights, UAC turn off. Right-click the exe file, select Run as Administrator.

4, XP/2003 only need to patch one file: uxtheme.dll
2008/Vista/Windows 7 6519 need to patch 3 files: uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll, shsvcs.dll
Windows 7 6801 need to patch 3 files: uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll, themeservice.dll

Sometimes, in x64 Windows, you need to patch 2 copies of files:
using UniversalThemePatcher-x64.exe to patch the 64bit files in \windows\system32;
and using UniversalThemePatcher-x86.exe to patch the 32bit files in \windows\syswow64.

5, After patch, Restart computer to take effect.

6, You can run program with argument "-silent" to patch in silent mode.
It also supports:
Windows 7 Build 6801, 7000, 7022, 7048, 7057, 7068.
6.1.7077.0 (winmain_win7rc.090404-1255)
6.1.7106.0 (winmain.090408-1623)
6.1.7100.0 (winmain_win7rc.090421-1700)

Windows Vista SP2 6.0.6002.16670, 6.0.6002.17506.
6.0.6002.18003 (lh_sp2rtm.090403-1730)
SP2 RTM 6.0.6002.18005 (lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830)

VistaGlazz is another free and very easy to use UXtheme patcher for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
Simply run the program, accept the agreement and click on the first "Computer" icon to patch your system.
You can download it using following link:
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