VistaXP by ~Kol

Remember this from Kol?

Well here’s a short story. Microsoft contacted two time WinCustomize administration regarding of my VistaXP skin. The first time they told them to remove the skin. They romoved it but they put the skin back online because they can’t selectively enforce. In November they contacted WinCustomize and they took the skin down again.
Yestarday I got an e-mail from the people that represent Microsoft in intellectual property matters and they requested me to remove the skin from all the website where it is available.

Sorry everyone but now more updates or download links to VistaXP and please do not redistribute the skin. The question is why only my skin and not all other Vista based themes out there? I know they have the right to take my skin down and I dont ave any problem with it but I think is not fair to take only one skin when there are a lot of other skins using the same resources that I used.

Now Microsoft, Biggest Software Corp in the World, Currently Releasing Windows Vista in 2007 and has terrible history with lawsuits ;).
How long has it been since VistaXP was Banned? how many themes has Microsoft Made since VistaXP was banned? and finally how many themes have been made that look exactly like vista?
Lets Just say a hell of alot, now its come to my attention that People are looking for Vista XP and now Vista is Final lets Bring VistaXP Back:

VistaXP is not illegal in the tech world microsoft was just been a bully and picked Kol out of the hat of People to take down Skins of Microsoft Windows Vista. “There are Plenty of Themes that are totally like Windows Vista Microsoft Go pick on them for once”

I have Setup a folder at my personal host for VistaXP so get them while there hot 😉
VistaXP Visual Style v2.0 by ~kol
VistaXP WindowBlinds Theme v3.0 by ~Kol


72 Responses to “VistaXP by ~Kol”

  1. 1 One January 26, 2007 at 9:14 am

    thanx for the sharing..

  2. 2 DS January 28, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks… as for the M!cr0$0ft, usually (very rare but usually) only an really true great artist can opaque a Multi-Billionaire-Own of the world-Company…

    Keep Smiling…


  3. 3 ss January 30, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    thanks, i hv been searching for that for long!

  4. 4 ugriffin February 1, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Thanx man. Microsoft wont get away with this. I was looking for the theme. I owe u one. thanx.

  5. 6 8tomo8 February 8, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Thankx sooooo much. Windowblinds screwed my pc so I’ve been looking for KoL’s msstyles theme for ages!… 🙂

  6. 7 Niko February 11, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    Hey guys thnx for the link to kols skin ive spent hours on google. I was looking for it. I dont know why microsoft has worked up all this steam about THIS particuar theme/pack/whatever. Thanks again!

  7. 8 ICEBreaker February 24, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Hey Jonathan.

    Thanks a lot for the provision of the themes by Kol. I am sure it’ll help out a lot of people. It was surprisingly difficult to find these themes, as the main customisation sites such as WinMatrix DeviantArt etc. abided by MS’s requests.

    Thanks again.

  8. 9 panchow March 4, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    thankjs for the uploading

  9. 10 Ahmad March 6, 2007 at 10:51 am

    I’ve spent countless hours looking for a proper Vista WB/VS for XP, and finally… I have found it :p

  10. 11 sniper101 March 6, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks everyone for the comments, it is hard to find the themes i know but i will carry on to keep them online for aslong as i can 🙂

  11. 12 deamon March 6, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    thanx dude i have many wb themes vista like downloading them allover the web but i was wondering why this one has been removed ????
    so i am downloading it again so see why!!

  12. 13 Hybrid March 25, 2007 at 11:05 am

    can u get serials for windows blinds…

  13. 14 sniper101 March 26, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Hybrid, i can get serials but i’m not willing to post them on my blog i want to keep my self on a clean slate and not get kicked from wordpress.

  14. 15 enger21 March 29, 2007 at 6:39 am

    What’s the difference between VS and WB?

  15. 16 DoRY March 31, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    I love this VistaXP skin so much… thank you to KoL… & for this site’s owner for these goodies too… now my WinXP really looks so great… no need to purchase WinVista… thanks a million!!!

  16. 17 aeroman April 7, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Screenshot of the skin:

    It’s a really great skin, just the Vista explorer bar icons and horizotal shellstyle are needed to make it perfect!
    A little problem on my PC – how did you get the desktop icons to show the disk space status, the round start button, the scrollable start menu? I have WB 5 Enhanced (activated) on my PC but can’t find the WB menu in the Display properties -> Apperance. Could I turn those options on from there? Please help!

  17. 18 aeroman April 7, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Oh yeah – and the start menu shouldn’t have any icons. Othervise – GREAT skin (9/10, if I could rate it!)!!!

  18. 19 sniper101 April 7, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    aeroman the skin in that screen shot of the vista style is a more updated one 😉 thanks for the query and the comment though

  19. 20 Adam April 18, 2007 at 3:36 am

    Can someone tell me exactly how to get the glass theme? Please lead me step-by-step.

  20. 21 CB April 21, 2007 at 9:44 am

    when is vistaxp visual style v3 comin out, cuz i dont want to screw my pc with WB

  21. 22 Abhay April 22, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Thanx man. Thanx 4 sharing.

    I wanted to ask you one que
    IS this vista like skin really equal to the what we see in VistaOS?
    I havent seen real vista. n thats why i am asking u?
    If thats the reason why the skin was taken down?
    anybody plz answer…!
    Thanx anyway….

  22. 23 sniper101 April 22, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Abhay the vistaXP skin was Vista Beta1 theme the new theme in Vista is totally different.

    The skin was taken down due to it looked totally like Vista beta1 but it didn’t and as far as i know its still banned for now, this is were i came in :p and supplied it to people. Its the most looked for skin on google currently/was

  23. 24 WC April 26, 2007 at 1:20 am

    Both VisualStyles and WindowsBlinds appear as WindowsClassic when I apply them. Can anyone tell me why this is happening or how to fix it? Thanks in advance.

  24. 25 sniper101 April 26, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    WC make sure your uxtheme.dll is patched 🙂 you can find a program via google called uxtheme patcher, if you can’t find it just leave a comment.

  25. 26 Jake April 30, 2007 at 8:09 am

    lol…as is say…screw you microsoft 😉 just wait till the day u guys go bankrupt. it will happen sooner or later once you run out of money from suing everyone!

  26. 27 Gwiththelinks June 23, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Hey, cool theme. looks just like the Beta. Here is a newer theme that i use that looks more like the current version of Vista

  27. 28 radzzzzzzz June 26, 2007 at 5:42 am

    thanx man , go the little man down with the greedy corps 🙂

  28. 29 Frankoy June 26, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Gwiththelinks is this for WB or msi visual style and please if you can upload ait somewhere else
    PS. Is htere any new update for VistaXP Visual Style ?

  29. 30 Kelltech July 7, 2007 at 4:26 am

    you rock bro
    effen m$ 🙂

  30. 31 Amper July 10, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks a lot!

  31. 32 'TekFan July 11, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Thanks for posting! I’d heard about this skin – how awesome it was, and its history (MSFT asking KoL to remove it) and looked all over the Web for it.

    It is awesome! I love “Black BETA 1” 🙂

  32. 33 Pecelele September 18, 2007 at 2:27 am

    Well, because Microsoft can’t shutdown/removed all vista lookalike themes, so they search one for victims, sadly it’s the coolest one -kol’s Vistaxp theme. Off course this thing is unfair. If they want to removed one so the have to remove all of them. But they can’t do this.
    Since so many Vistaxp themes out there, there’s no reason not to re-uploading no.1 Vistaxp themes available on the net.

  33. 34 david October 28, 2007 at 7:55 am

    thanx for sharing buddy…

  34. 35 PaYaSo December 1, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    You rock!!!
    Don’t let punk ass MS try to push you off your art
    do what you want
    while they try to do what they can

  35. 37 Chris January 25, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you so much! f-u-c-kay bill gates, he should eat shlt and die, lol. you rock man!

  36. 38 Raviat2007 January 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I Intalled This Skin into Windows Blind 6 But 3 Skins Of 6 Skins 2 Buttons Not Working
    1. Log off
    2.Turn Off Pc.

  37. 39 TeenDev February 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I love you in the least gay way!

  38. 40 Themetria February 26, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing this one again. I used to have this skin applied but recently had to format my computer – I remembered the hassle I had to go through in order to find a live link to the file still but this time around it was much easier (a sign that Microsoft’s attempt was futile, perhaps?)

    They may not want KoL sharing his theme with the world because of how similar they can be, but really, how does that stop everyone else who already has it from continuing to use it? One would think when you put money down for a operating system, you are purchasing its operating system abilities, not its pretty graphics. If Microsoft allowed customisation of Windows themes, they would have a much more accepting and actively supportive community.

    Instead, they breed hate.

  39. 41 gerryboy September 1, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Jonathan…. you the MAN!

  40. 42 01kay September 7, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    This theme appears to be broken with service pack 3, any chance of an update?

  41. 43 microshit November 5, 2008 at 4:14 am

    try this real banned version (bigger than others “fake” VistaXP), fuck off to microsoft:;5209768;/fileinfo.html

  42. 44 mac November 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    hi how can i get the vistaxp?
    and how can i install that in my
    please help me

  43. 45 Bob the computer person November 8, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    mac, here is how you get VistaXP to work.

    1. Patch your uxtheme.dll file (look it up on Google)
    2. Download the skin at the top that you want
    3. use winrar to extract to your C:/windows/resources/themes
    4. Download window binds from star dock
    5. Go to where you installed the new theme and find some weird file don’t know what its called but when you double click it you will open up the new theme.

    6. Need more help?

  44. 46 Briguy November 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Um, It won’t work. i hacked my uxtheme.dll and i followed the readme instructions, but I can’t get it to work. Any help?

  45. 47 Alexwebmaster March 3, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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  46. 48 MarkM April 11, 2009 at 4:27 am


    I just downloaded this installed it and it is CLOSE to vista.
    There are way better vista themes out there with a real looking start button/menue!!!!

    Why this got removed idk but in the end this still is a “NICE” theme!!!!

  47. 49 Kyuubi June 8, 2009 at 6:36 am

    MAn u sure are a brave dude. Yes unwise but yet extremely honorable. You will go down in tech-history man.

  48. 50 JC August 11, 2009 at 8:21 am


    i have a sp3 (service pack 3) computer and i am not administrator so i cant change the uxtheme.

    can u publish a sp3 theme please?


  49. 51 xXBaDbOiXx August 20, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    ummm…How do you apply the theme?

  50. 52 Ds9490 August 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    This Is Great glad I patched my uxtheme.dll file.
    Just One Problem Though My Internet Explorer Has Messed Up Its The Toolbars Are All Black!


  51. 53 john W November 7, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Hi. Thanks for the theme. However in VistaXP VS 2.0 zip file, the .theme file seems to be missing! No .theme file = no theme !!
    What happened ?

  52. 54 Kyle December 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Will this work for XP Pro 64Bit?

  53. 55 Elijah August 19, 2010 at 11:24 am

    how to use the skin?

  54. 57 Budlight August 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Hell yeah dude I had the first one u done and my shit went hay wired and i lost everything i about died cause i couldn’t find that them i’m glad i did now Whew I’m happy now….

    Thanks Kol

  55. 58 eric October 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    this is the best thx alot to the microsoft industis i love tecnology i dont know where the wold wolud be with out tecnologie 😀

  56. 59 Phil May 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks so much!!!!! I’ve been looking for this for a long time! 😀

  57. 60 Princess Zelda June 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Thank you..Thank you Thank you THANK YOU!!
    I’ve been looking this for AGES!
    You’re my hero!

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    please re-upload – old pc died lost my favorite skins!

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