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It also only appears to work for 32-bit Vista. Windows 7 may work, but I can’t test it because I have a 64-bit edition.

A commenter going by the name of ‘uploader’ has posted a link to both StyleSelector and FontSelector in a zip file. Link

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Ok, so I was kinda getting sick of the annoying glass themes in Vista. Sure, they’re fancy-pants and all that, but after a while they just aren’t satisfying to look at. At least for me, I tend to change my theme about as often as I change my wallpaper, which is to say..quite often.

So I got to hunting. I think I may have seen this program on one of my RSS subscriptions. It’s called StyleSelector and it’s available, among two other programs (a theme font changer and a program to move window control buttons to the left) from hsiw software (dead site, see links above). It says it’s for 32-bit Vista but it may work on 64-bit as well.

Here’s a general rundown of how to use it once you get it unzipped.

When you download a theme (say, from DeviantArt’s “Visual Styles” page), you’ll be downloading a zip file with the theme folder in it. Unzip that to “Styles” subfolder where you placed StyleSelector. That’s the only way the theme will show up to be selected in the program.

If StyleSelector is running when you do this,  you’ll have to restart it for the new theme to show up. Then, it’s just a matter of choosing your theme and optionally selecting “Basic Style” for no glass or “Startup” for..well running the theme on Windows startup instead of reverting when you power off.

Not all the themes listed at DeviantArt work with StyleSelector. More than likely the one you choose will though. I only had two instances where it didn’t.

Also, the glass color is still tweakable from the normal way through the “Personalize” panel.

Now my Start orb is the red light from HAL 9000. 😀

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Vistalizator is a program to change the UI language of Windows Vista using the MUI packs even if you don’t have the Ultimate or Enterprise editions. The MUI packs, by the way, are available online if you know where to look.

I love this program, for the simple fact that it counteracts Microsoft’s stupid decision to not allow localization on the lower-end Vista editions. I’m using Vista in Japanese now and loving it!

It’s ridonkulously fast 😀

http://froggie.sk

And to continue my rant a bit further, whose bright idea was it to not allow all editions to be localized to all languages? What if someone is forced to buy a lower-end computer and doesn’t speak the installed language? Or someone comes to visit who doesn’t speak English?

I’m sick of them eeking out every bit of cash from every corner they can.

This is only another reason to switch to Linux.. sure Vista makes language installs less painful, but that gap gets narrower every day.

I will NEVER EVER understand why they didn’t allow MUIs on all editions. However, thanks to programs like Vistalizator, we can rightly have what we are wrongly denied.

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