Post by wadmodderpudu on Dec 22, 2019 17:28:10 GMT
Has anyone ever heard about the downloadable Windows XP themes that were downloadable on Microsoft's Download Center around 2004-2007 before Windows Vista's release? Well if you don't know what they were, here is a link that showcases these themes: www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/windows-xp-themes.html
Post by wadmodderpudu on Jan 29, 2020 15:17:48 GMT
Here is a list of Windows MSI & EXE executables that I have found (on the Google drive link I provided) and what files need to be found:
sanfermin_en.msi - Found
sanfermin_es.msi - Found
sanfermin_eu.msi - Lost
MSRRKSP.msi - Found
Descobrimentos Portugueses.msi - Found (English version presumably lost)
ZuneDesktopTheme.msi - Found
Ontario_theme_eng.msi - Found
Ontario_theme_fra.msi - Found
Windows_Theme_English_Nunavut.msi - Found
Windows_Theme_French_Nunavut.msi - Found
Praias_do_Brasil.msi - Found (English version presumably lost)
Irish Theme.msi - Found
Nile_Theme_EN.msi - Found
4Patas.msi - Found (English version presumably lost)
FFXI_Theme_Installer.exe - Found
Royale.zip - Found
WeihnachtsTheme.msi - Found
ChristmasTheme.msi - Found
Nature Theme 1 - Animal_EN.msi - Found
Nature Theme 1 - Animal_FR.msi - Lost
Nature Theme 2 - Nature_EN.msi - Found
Nature Theme 2 - Nature_FR.msi - Found
Historical_Monuments_EN.msi - Found
Carnavais Brasileiros.msi - Found (English version presumably lost)
Quebec Theme_EN.msi - Found
Chinese New Year Desktop Themes (included with Chinese New Year Windows XP Fun Packs):
CMT06CHS.MSI - Found
CNP05.MSI - Found
CPC06CHS.MSI - Found
BOM06CHS.MSI - Found
Those are the MSI & EXE files that I was able to find using Internet Archive's Wayback Machine to find some of those files once offered on download.microsoft.com many years ago (but the English versions of some of the Desktop Themes mentioned on that helpwithwindows article are presumably lost). There are also these files that I found or don't have, ThemeInstaller.exe (which what I got from the Wayback Machine method for some reason) and GER_Version.zip (Christmas 2003 theme?) mentioned in this blog here: it-blogger.net/christmas-desktop-theme-pack-2003-for-windows-xp/
I excluded Royale Noir (a leaked official Microsoft Windows XP theme) and the Embedded theme (included with Windows POSReady 2009) as those can easily be found online.
If you guys have any of these lost files once downloadable from Microsoft's website years ago, I want to hear from you.
It should be recommended that you set up a Windows XP virtual machine on VMWARE, PCem (and forks of it like 86box or VARCem), VirtualBox, QEMU, Bochs, Hyper-V (originally included on Microsoft server operating systems starting with Windows Server 2008, later released for Microsoft client operating systems with Windows 8 onwards) or on Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 before installing them on actual computer hardware. If you guys know about emulating operating systems on virtual machine software.
Post by wadmodderpudu on May 17, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
I have just created a Zip file containing every official downloadable desktop themes included to create an unofficial standalone release of these desktop themes. Also, I was able to find the Xmas 2003 theme from the user on the OSForums website, who commented on my archival of the themes and included it in my desktop themes archive. In addition, I translated the Portugueses and Chinese language desktop themes for variety.
The .SCR files included in the screensavers folder are optional, the desktop themes should work without problems.
I took a few liberties with the desktop themes (mostly with the wallpaper for the Embedded theme), so it's not like the original counterparts, but I just wanted to do this, just like what ESCalation is doing with recreating unreleased Counter-Strike maps.
The screensavers should be put into the C:/Windows/system32 folder, while the desktop themes should be placed in the C:/Windows/Resources/Themes folder, if you know the respective locations to put these files on your Windows XP PC.
What do any of you think? Thoughts and comments are appreciated.
Post by wadmodderpudu on May 20, 2020 18:59:43 GMT
These desktop themes do not modify uxtheme.dll, and thus therefore are using Microsoft-developed visual styles, those are Luna (Default Blue, Olive Green, and Silver), Windows Classic, Zune style, Media Center style (AKA Royale), and Embedded style.
I've heard about the unreleased but leaked Royale Noir visual style, but I haven't tested it on an XP virtual machine so far on VirtualBox, because I don't know if it requires modifying the uxtheme.dll file or not.
Those are Microsoft's official visual styles for Windows XP that does not tamper the uxtheme.dll file, and thus are safe to use.