Patch UXTheme.dll with Multi-Patcher to use custom themes

In: Operating Systems

17 Apr 2004

I wrote a few months ago about skinning WinXP with custom Visual Styles by patching UXTheme.dll. Since then, reports that a friendlier patching program called Multi-Patcher does what PatchXP does and more. It supports SP1 and non-SP1 systems, and even SP2 (beta version 2082) and Windows Server 2003. Perhaps more importantly, it allows you to easily reverse the patch by simply running Multi-Patcher again – nice safety net.

If you’re looking to skin Windows XP with custom-made themes and Visual Styles available at sites like and, this is something you should get.

Update: thanks to miahz for pointing out that I forgot to link to the Multi-Patcher article.

6 Responses to Patch UXTheme.dll with Multi-Patcher to use custom themes



April 17th, 2004 at 5am

And of course the most userfriendly and well working solution is windowsblinds…


Cheah Chu Yeow

April 17th, 2004 at 7pm

But why install another program just to do something which should already be possible in Windows itself? I have used WindowBlinds before, it’s not free, and it slows Windows down.



April 18th, 2004 at 6am

there’s no link directly to multipatcher in the post, you have to stumble upon it thru the patchxp link.



April 19th, 2004 at 10pm

Well it should but is not. Wblinds is more optimized than XP’s own theming so in theory it’s even faster. How have you btw measured the performance difference? Have you used the same themes on both native theming and wblinds theming?

I haven’t used any themes that “slow down” my computer possibly because I stay away from the most complicated and fancy themes anyway.


Cheah Chu Yeow

April 19th, 2004 at 11pm

Well, I’m actually basing this on my past experience with WindowBlinds (which should be, say, at least 6 months ago). Running the extra WindowBlinds program ate up my then limited 128MB RAM so I can pretty much say that it was slower. Perhaps it has improved since then, but I’m still unwilling to install yet another program just for skinning.


Leo Yzao

May 1st, 2004 at 10pm

a question, beg ur answer!

i have install the patche, it works well, but still a small problem–

every time when i restart my computer, when the windows’ desktop was loaded, if i reflesh my desktop, the icons on the desktop will become the windows default one, so i want to konw why? if there are any solution!

thank u for ur answer!

help me!!! haha !