In the past I have done other lists which prove to gain attention quite quickly, and they seem to be some of my most read posts. I decided to showcase some of the best Windows XP and Vista themes that I have found/used in the past.
You’ll notice that these themes are not based on another OS (Mac Linux etc) as there are too many of them around at the moment, and they can easily be found.
Also the themes here will not just tweak the taskbar they tweak everything that is possible.
Windows XP Themes
- Slan XP 2.0 by Lassekongo
Slan XP 2.0 is a nice smooth theme that is minimalistic and looks good at the same time. One of the more bug free themes for Windows XP out there. Download Link [ http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/skins/windows/visualstyle/?order=9#/duno7k ]
- Black Mesa by Valkyre
This is a nice grey theme that suits well with the desktop. Although the name says “Black Mesa” it doesn’t appear to have any relation with the half life games, none the less a nice theme to use. Download Link [ http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/skins/windows/visualstyle/?order=9&offset=48#/dbasj9 ]
- OminOS by emmanemma
This is a nice theme which comes with many different colour schemes. Quite nice and minimalistic. Download Link [ http://fav.me/d1mbvrc ]
- Clear Screen round for Vista by K-Johnson
A nice and Vibrant theme, that works well with just about any wallpaper and application. It has good support for Windows Aero and overall a nice theme. It takes some work to get the files structured correctly but the creator provides instructions. The theme also has different Taskbar sizes and other customisation options included.
- Anexic for Vista 1.2 by Austin8159
A minimalistic dark theme that takes elements from the Giaia 09 theme and adds a hint of darkness and more smoothness. The theme also comes with the relevant RocketDock skin, Logon screen and wallpapers.
- Plastiq-V2 by Lukeedee
A nice smooth greyish theme that is both minimalistic and functional, it has no problems with applications and works like a charm. The Windows 7 esque taskbar size is compensated with the application called “ViGlance” Which is also provided by the creator