Some users will have upgraded to Windows Vista, but prefer the look and feel of Windows XP. There are two options depending on which XP look you prefer (Classic or Default).

Classic Layout

If you prefer the Classic XP layout, you can revert Vista back to this quite easily. First, right click on your desktop and click Personalize:

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This will load the Personalization settings page, where you can then click Theme:​

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Now, select Windows Classic from the drop-down box and click OK:

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You should now be viewing Vista in the classic XP theme (how Windows 95/98/2000 look).

Default XP Theme

If you prefer the more colourful XP theme you will need to install a custom theme to mimic this.

Some examples of custom XP themes are:

http://aazarah.deviantart.com/art/Royale-FINAL-76628519
http://psycob.deviantart.com/art/Royale-for-Vista-Basic-67469153

Each theme will have it's own instructions to follow, but they are straight forward to install.
 
Ian, May 8, 2008
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