Technical Insanity

There are more themes turning up that are officially from microsoft that are fully signed, meaning you don’t need to modify you windows XP install to use them, but were made instantly available to everybody for various reasons.

So here they are!
XP Styles

Download them here

1) Unstyled
I’m sure you’ve seen this, if this is what you are going for, did you know you can disable the themes service and save a little memory? Not a huge amount, but it might help depending on the system…

2,3,4) Windows XP style
Yup, they’re the default themes, included for completeness. Blue, Silver and Olive green… original names eh?

5) Embedded Style
Provided as part of Windows XP Embedded.

6) Zune Style
The official microsoft Zune Style, but has been made into a zip instead of the msi that is provided directly from MS. This is a free download available to all.

7,8) Royale Style (MCE Theme aka Energy Bliss) and Noir
This was provided with windows XP Media Centre Edition only, but has been extracted so it may be installed on any XP edition. This package also provides the Royale Noir style, thanks to

Note: The download from here has been updated by comparison to that from

I hope these are useful, to install any of these these and styles, unzip into ‘<Windows Directory>\Resources\Themes’, for example, on my system it is C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes.

6 Responses to “Windows XP: Themes that were added.”

  1. KrisBelucci says:

    I really liked this post. Can I copy it to my site? Thank you in advance.

  2. Hi, cool post. I have been wondering about this topic,so thanks for writing.

  3. Thanks for stealing my content and traffic!

    • Viperfang says:

      @ Saman Sadeghi

      I’m sorry you feel this way. But I would like to point out the following:

      The themes are from microsoft
      All of the themes on this page may be installed simultaniously
      I did actually link to you to pass on my thanks
      All of my images I created myself (10 mins switching themes and a touch of photoshop)

      I hope you can see my reasoning.


  4. Steve says:

    Excellent post, some very nice themes here.

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