Uxtheme.dll patch for Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 is shipped default with the themes service disabled. Neowin made an article enabling these services and more you can view that here. A special thanks to vorte[x] of WiNBETA for creating a working patch for the RTM version of Windows Server 2003. Instructions for applying the patch are as follows:

  1. Browse to C:WindowsSystem32dllcache

  2. Rename uxtheme.dll to uxtheme.bak (this is your backup file)

  3. Browse up to System32, rename uxtheme.dll > uxtheme.bak

  4. Copy the patched uxtheme.dll to C:WindowsSystem32

  5. Reboot
This patch is as the previous one for Windows XP, totally unsupported by Microsoft and at your own risk. Be smart and save an original backup file incase something goes wrong. C:Windows can obviously be ommited for your installed drive letter and installation

Download: Uxtheme Patch for Windows Server 2003 from Neowin or @ vorte[x] site

Download: Uxtheme Auto Patch for Windows Server 2003 - thanks werejag

The autopatch is a point and click process rather than the manual steps shown above.

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