Trying to add a new theme

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janlafata

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When I ran XP Pro x64 I found a theme called Royal Noir that added a nice black "Vista-looking' accent to the OS. I can't run that on Vista because it's in the msstyles format. But I found another theme, "Royale Remixed" that will work on my Vista Home Basic x64. It's extensions are in .theme format. But first I am supposed to run something called UxTheme Patcher and I'm running into problems changing ownership of dll's and such.

First off here are the directions given for UxTheme Patcher. I will comment after you read them:

UxTheme Patcher for Windows Vista description
A patched uxtheme.dll gave you the freedom to use un-signed custom visual style
Are you tired of Vista's Aero theme?

A patched uxtheme.dll gave you the freedom to use un-signed custom visual style in Windows XP but in Windows Vista you have to replace three dll files to use third party visual styles.

Those three files are uxtheme.dll, shsvcs.dll and themeui.dll

How To Install
1. Login as a user with Administrative privileges -or- have Administrative
credentials ready (check under the keyboard for a slip of paper).
2. Navigate to %systemroot%System32
3. Right-click uxtheme.dll and click properties.
4. Take ownership of the file and close dialogs.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for themeui.dll and shsvcs.dll
6. Right-click uxtheme.dll and click properties.
7. Give yourself (or group) Full Control permissions and close dialogs.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for themeui.dll and shsvcs.dll.
9. Rename uxtheme.dll to uxtheme.old.
10. Rename themeui.dll to themeui.old.
11. Rename shsvcs.dll to shsvcs.old.
12. Copy patched files into %systemroot%System32
13. Reboot (yes, this is really required)
14. Enjoy!

First of all, how do I know if I am logged in as Administrator or have Administrative credentials?
Second, it says to navigate to the %systemroot%System32 folder, but I found no such folder. I did find the files in the System 32 folder though. Next I right-clicked on the first file mentioned, the uxtheme.dll and I clicked properties. Then it says to take ownership of the file and close dialog. I didn't see any place to do that or know how to do that, so I just proceeded to try to give myself or my group full control permissions. To do that I went to the security tab and clicked edit. When I tried to allow Full control I received a message that said "Unable to save permissions on uxtheme.dll. Permission is denied"

So that's where i am at now...stuck! I've got a feeling this problem is easily resolved and that is why I came to you guys for help.
 
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The system 32 folder can usually be found in C:\WINDOWS\sytem32. If your account is the only one on your PC, it has administrator permissions. To find out, go to the Control Panel and go to the user accounts section. If it gives you the option to add or remove accounts, you are the admin. There are probably more reliable ways of checking your permissions, but that's the easiest one I know.
 

janlafata

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I have Vista Home Basic x64. I used to have XP Pro x64 and when I did I posted a thread with you guys about wanting to know if there were any cool black themes that I could run on it. Someone steered me to a site about Royale Noir, that forgotten Media Center theme that Microsoft never released or something.

Well now that I have Vista x64 I tried to get the Royale Noir theme to run on that but ran into all kinds of problems. I was able to download a x64 version of the theme called Royale Remixed, but sidenotes told me I had to patch several dll's in the System 32 folder.if I had Vista. Another instruction even told me to patch a DLL in the SysWoW folder. So to keep things simple, I patched them all, ran the x64 installer, but still could not get it to work.

So I was just looking for some feedback to see if anybody knew of any similiar themes for Vista x64. From what I understand, the reason for the patching of the DLL's is to allow third party themes to run. By the way I also read somewhere that if I use Stardock Skin Studio and Window Blinds together, that I can change it from an msstyles extension to a .theme extension but I couldn't figure out how to do that on Skin Studio. I am going to Google on that to find out more, but I really don't like messing with Window Blinds.

Another suggestion I also heard was to find something called Zune Desktop, which supposedly looks alot like Royale Noir, but I can't find it anywhere for Vista x64
 

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I've merged your two threads, please do not post multiple threads for the same issue.
 
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