3rd Party Themes in Windows 11


blacxarea

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I tried the updated UltraUXThemePatcher before succeeded to apply themes in Windows 11. It was installed correctly and said that my Windows 11 is patched, but there's nothing shows when I tried to apply a downloaded theme, only changing colors.

Here is the link for that one: UltraUXThemePatcher 4.2.0

Then I tried SecureUXTheme ThemeTool, and YES, it works well. You can apply downloaded Windows 10 Themes for Windows 11. The cons are: Your AV will detect this program as a virus, and you have to run it as Administrator.

Here is the link: ThemeTool V2.1.2
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 Build 22000.65

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    AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 555 Processor 3.20 GHz
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    Asus M4A785T-M
    Memory
    Kingston 16GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 650
    Sound Card
    VIA HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x LG 20" Display
    Screen Resolution
    1600 x 900 60MHz
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue 1TB HDD
    ADATA 500GB SSD
    Midas Force 500GB SSD
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    Enermax 500W
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    Logitech Wired K120
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spapakons

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I also tried OpenShell, the classic start menu (Windows 7 style or older) doesn't work, but the icons at Windows Explorer (cut, copy, paste etc) work. Customizer God, a utility to change system icons in Windows 8 and 10 doesn't work either in Windows 11. 8gadgetpack, a utility to restore Windows 7 gadgets in Windows 8 and 10, also works in Windows 11. Winaero old calculator also works in Windows 11. Winaero classic Windows games also work in Windows 11. The Registry patch to restore Windows Photo Viewer also works in Windows 11. That's all the customization utilities I have tried. Any further information appreciated.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 64-bit (build 22000.282)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    This is my test laptop, not fully updated yet. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v21H2 (build 22000.675)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GT620-1GD3 (nVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 2.3 graphics drivers, WEI score 5.1

blacxarea

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I also tried OpenShell, the classic start menu (Windows 7 style or older) doesn't work, but the icons at Windows Explorer (cut, copy, paste etc) work. Customizer God, a utility to change system icons in Windows 8 and 10 doesn't work either in Windows 11. 8gadgetpack, a utility to restore Windows 7 gadgets in Windows 8 and 10, also works in Windows 11. Winaero old calculator also works in Windows 11. Winaero classic Windows games also work in Windows 11. The Registry patch to restore Windows Photo Viewer also works in Windows 11. That's all the customization utilities I have tried. Any further information appreciated.
Wow, you've been much busier than me :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Unbranded
    CPU
    AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 555 Processor 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus M4A785T-M
    Memory
    Kingston 16GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 650
    Sound Card
    VIA HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x LG 20" Display
    Screen Resolution
    1600 x 900 60MHz
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue 1TB HDD
    ADATA 500GB SSD
    Midas Force 500GB SSD
    PSU
    Enermax 500W
    Case
    Unbranded
    Cooling
    Unbranded
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wired K120
    Mouse
    Logitech Wired B100
    Internet Speed
    20MB Download 1,5MB Upload
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    McAffee, Malwarebytes, Windows Defender
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    Are you sneaking?

spapakons

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Screensavers from Windows XP and newer also work in Windows 11 if you copy-paste the scr file into Windows\System32 folder or you install the screesavers. Of course you can use any old wallpaper and user account pictures if you have kept the images. Winaero Windows Experience Index (WEI) a utility to restore the old Windows score from Windows 7 of how fast is your system, also works in Windows 11.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 64-bit (build 22000.282)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    This is my test laptop, not fully updated yet. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v21H2 (build 22000.675)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GT620-1GD3 (nVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 2.3 graphics drivers, WEI score 5.1

jimbo45

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Screensavers from Windows XP and newer also work in Windows 11 if you copy-paste the scr file into Windows\System32 folder or you install the screesavers. Of course you can use any old wallpaper and user account pictures if you have kept the images. Winaero Windows Experience Index (WEI) a utility to restore the old Windows score from Windows 7 of how fast is your system, also works in Windows 11.
Hi there
I'm trying to get the ESCHER screensaver from XP to work but it doesn't want to "play ball" currently. As far as themes for W11 not from the store - there are a load of free ones on various web sites that all seem to install without any problems. All the W10 ones work.

What I would really love is for the Lunar Black XP theme to work with those nice curved taskbar things and sensible menu screen !!! I like the XP menu system much better when you show All applications : Screenshot below With desktop wallpaper used - image of a Brazilian Jaguar.

Screenshot_20210715_090854.png

Cheers
jimbo
 

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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    2 X Intel i7

blacxarea

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Screensavers from Windows XP and newer also work in Windows 11 if you copy-paste the scr file into Windows\System32 folder or you install the screesavers. Of course you can use any old wallpaper and user account pictures if you have kept the images. Winaero Windows Experience Index (WEI) a utility to restore the old Windows score from Windows 7 of how fast is your system, also works in Windows 11.
Here I have one, using it over 5 different Windows Editions:
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Unbranded
    CPU
    AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 555 Processor 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus M4A785T-M
    Memory
    Kingston 16GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 650
    Sound Card
    VIA HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x LG 20" Display
    Screen Resolution
    1600 x 900 60MHz
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue 1TB HDD
    ADATA 500GB SSD
    Midas Force 500GB SSD
    PSU
    Enermax 500W
    Case
    Unbranded
    Cooling
    Unbranded
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wired K120
    Mouse
    Logitech Wired B100
    Internet Speed
    20MB Download 1,5MB Upload
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    Firefox
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    McAffee, Malwarebytes, Windows Defender
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    Are you sneaking?

blacxarea

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Hi there
I'm trying to get the ESCHER screensaver from XP to work but it doesn't want to "play ball" currently. As far as themes for W11 not from the store - there are a load of free ones on various web sites that all seem to install without any problems. All the W10 ones work.

What I would really love is for the Lunar Black XP theme to work with those nice curved taskbar things and sensible menu screen !!! I like the XP menu system much better when you show All applications : Screenshot below With desktop wallpaper used - image of a Brazilian Jaguar.

View attachment 3152

Cheers
jimbo
I will not recommend to use themes that directly ported from Windows under Win10.
Even some older Win10 build caused blank screen (I've tried), and need 3rd Party "helper" softwares to work, just like I mentioned in the beginning.

Here I'm using POST theme by Niivu from Deviant Art. Applied using ThemeTool.exe.
Tried to apply directly from personalization window before, with no luck.
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Unbranded
    CPU
    AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 555 Processor 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus M4A785T-M
    Memory
    Kingston 16GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 650
    Sound Card
    VIA HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x LG 20" Display
    Screen Resolution
    1600 x 900 60MHz
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue 1TB HDD
    ADATA 500GB SSD
    Midas Force 500GB SSD
    PSU
    Enermax 500W
    Case
    Unbranded
    Cooling
    Unbranded
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wired K120
    Mouse
    Logitech Wired B100
    Internet Speed
    20MB Download 1,5MB Upload
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    McAffee, Malwarebytes, Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Are you sneaking?

spapakons

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As far as I know, there is no easy way to change Windows 11 theme. In Windows 10 I used OpenShell (formerly ClassicShell), but as I have already said, it doesn't work in Windows 11.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 64-bit (build 22000.282)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    This is my test laptop, not fully updated yet. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v21H2 (build 22000.675)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GT620-1GD3 (nVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 2.3 graphics drivers, WEI score 5.1

blacxarea

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As far as I know, there is no easy way to change Windows 11 theme. In Windows 10 I used OpenShell (formerly ClassicShell), but as I have already said, it doesn't work in Windows 11.
This ThemeTool working fine (mostly) on mine. But you have to make sure that the theme was for the latest Windows 10 Build.
And again, the cons: antiviruses hate this tool.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Unbranded
    CPU
    AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 555 Processor 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus M4A785T-M
    Memory
    Kingston 16GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 650
    Sound Card
    VIA HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x LG 20" Display
    Screen Resolution
    1600 x 900 60MHz
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue 1TB HDD
    ADATA 500GB SSD
    Midas Force 500GB SSD
    PSU
    Enermax 500W
    Case
    Unbranded
    Cooling
    Unbranded
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wired K120
    Mouse
    Logitech Wired B100
    Internet Speed
    20MB Download 1,5MB Upload
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    McAffee, Malwarebytes, Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Are you sneaking?

imanlien2020

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I tried the updated UltraUXThemePatcher before succeeded to apply themes in Windows 11. It was installed correctly and said that my Windows 11 is patched, but there's nothing shows when I tried to apply a downloaded theme, only changing colors.

Here is the link for that one: UltraUXThemePatcher 4.2.0

Then I tried SecureUXTheme ThemeTool, and YES, it works well. You can apply downloaded Windows 10 Themes for Windows 11. The cons are: Your AV will detect this program as a virus, and you have to run it as Administrator.

Here is the link: ThemeTool V2.1.2
you need the new one UltraUXThemePatcher_4.2.1
Homepage M. Hoefs - UltraUXThemePatcher
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 current
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    AMD
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro WiFi
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    PCI Express 3.0 x16: PowerColor RX Vega 56 Red Dragon
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220 and AMD Greenland - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 - 27 inch Westinghouse
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD - 2 TB each
    1 HDD - 2 TB
    Keyboard
    logitech
    Mouse
    logitech
    Internet Speed
    200 MB
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Avast Premium

Athanasian_Creed

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I also tried OpenShell, the classic start menu (Windows 7 style or older) doesn't work...

Did you fresh install or upgrade?? Was Open-Shell installed on Win 10 (if you upgraded)?

I had it installed on Win 10 & when i upgraded, a dialog box opened up saying it needed to be configured to new O/S. It would do that every time i started up/restarted computer. What you need to do to perhaps get it working is to uninstall it using a good uninstaller (Advanced Uninstaller Pro/Revo Uninstaller - both free) to delete registry & other files let behind. Restart computer & reinstall - it should work after that.

HTH.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
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