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[Release] Universal UXTheme Patcher v2.1

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#1 flyakite


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Posted 06 October 2006 - 05:51

October 11, 2006 - Version 2.1
Hopefully this is the last update until a new unsupported uxtheme file comes around. Anyway this update fixes a few small bugs and I managed to make it 22kb smaller than 2.0. (66.5kb vs 88kb)
October 8, 2006 - Version 2.0
I have updated the Universal UXTheme Patcher to v2.0. This release adds support for every uxtheme file currently out in existence and INCLUDES 64-BIT SUPPORT! I reworked the layout a little and fixed some file versions. Rafael Rivera had a few mistakes in his uxtheme repository that I notified him about and it has been updated as well. Every file found in the uxtheme repository is supported in this release (minus Vista).

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The Universal UXTheme Patcher is a tool that allows you to use unsigned, 3rd party visual styles in Windows XP, without having to use a program such as StyleXP. It works by patching out the part of uxtheme.dll that checks for the signature. This means that once the file is patched, that is it. The tool does not run in the background or anything like that.

The utility is only 66.5kb. Since this tool is so small, I am granting permission for any visual style (msstyle) creators to include it in their visual style releases. The only thing I ask is that you credit me (flyakite) in your release notes somewhere.

System Requirements
This tool will work on any operating system based on XP (Tablet, MCE, Server 2003) including 64bit versions.

The utility also supports silent patching. Simply run the installer with the "/S" switch (case sensitive). During silent patching, if the patch is successful you will not be notified, it will simply remain silent. If the patch is unsuccessful however, the utility will notify you even with the /S switch.

Logo designed by Fer
Supported by Rafael Rivera (vorte[x])

What's different from this and WindowsX' patcher?
If you are wondering why I made this when there is already a tool out for this, it is because I wasn't satisfied with WindowsX version. It is slow, often alerts users about weird nt setup files on the C:\, and replaces files in a very uneffecient manner that results in Windows File Protection dialogs. My tool does none of that. His tool is also is 569kb and is less successful at doing the same thing my tool does at 65.5kb.


Edited by flyakite, 14 October 2006 - 19:44.

#2 Ambience



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Posted 07 October 2006 - 00:30

Thanks, I'll try it next time I reformat.

#3 MediaSoldier


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Posted 07 October 2006 - 00:53

Can i install this over WindowX's?

#4 OP flyakite


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Posted 07 October 2006 - 01:00

Can i install this over WindowX's?

Umm yes, but if you already have a patched uxtheme file and are using 3rd party visual styles, then you don't need to.... so I'm not sure why you would. But anyway, the short answer is yes.

#5 tehmemories



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Posted 07 October 2006 - 03:55

Thank you :)

#6 ThalSwe


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Posted 07 October 2006 - 07:32

Really good work. Downloaded and saved for future needs.

#7 illicit


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Posted 07 October 2006 - 07:40

Thanks for this. :)

#8 OP flyakite


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Posted 07 October 2006 - 22:30

Just a quick update. I spent the entirety of last night installing Windows XP x64 in VMware and doing some research and hex comparisons, and am in the process of updating the installer to support 64bit Windows uxtheme files. I have tested it and it works successfully. You can expect v2.0 probably later today or tomorrow morning.

#9 OP flyakite


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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:43

v2.0 released, includes full 64-bit support and has been updated to support EVERY uxtheme file in the uxtheme repository from Rafael Rivera, minus Vista.

#10 vetdreamz


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Posted 09 October 2006 - 14:36

wow, universal patcher. nice work. (Y)

#11 OP flyakite


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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:17

Updated to v2.1 (fixed a few bugs I missed when adding 64bit compatibility), and figured out a way to do some things differently so that I could make the tool even smaller (66.5kb total now). Supports all uxtheme files (other than Vista) and takes about 1 second to patch.

Edited by flyakite, 11 October 2006 - 07:24.

#12 ms_old1



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Posted 11 October 2006 - 21:09

Actually works, WindowsXs Patcher didn't work for me.

And it is instant, no need for silly file protection stuff. No wait. :)

Good job.

#13 SooperDoode



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Posted 14 October 2006 - 18:44

This should be a sticky or something like the other uxthemers. It is a great patcher and quite silent! Thanks so much!

#14 Windows X

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 19:29

Such a big word for edited text, huh? Who actually want to blame you for making one more patcher? There're plenty ones out there already even before I made it. Don't take it so personally, dude. Anyway, there's bug in your patcher. If user runs it multiple times, PendingFileRenameOperations registry will be appended again and uxtheme.dll file will be lost.

Edited by Windows X, 14 October 2006 - 19:48.

#15 DotChris


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Posted 14 October 2006 - 19:42

Very nice.instantly worked. no sfc warnings.

@winX: i think he was stating his reason before he was asked why he made another one. I tried yours it didnt suck but it didnt work right.