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In recent years there's been an explosion of third party programs designed to let people customize Windows. Now that many millions of users are comfortable with Windows, they're ready to move beyond the "Every color you want as long as it's black" Redmon design of it. The first step in that is customing the Windows GUI (graphical user interface) itself. This is known as "skinning". Where you think of the GUI of Windows as the "skin" of the OS.

This guide is designed to explain and help you create your own visual styles for Microsoft Windows (Windows 98, ME, 2000, Windows XP and Vista). Skins that change the look and feel of the actual GUI are called "Visual styles".

This guide is broken up into 4 parts:
  • The Introduction
  • Skinning Basics
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Reference
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Skinning Windows
Reference Guide
Complete step-by-step guide to skinning Microsoft Windows!

This guide is designed for personal use for you to create skins for Windows that are applied via WindowBlinds or a licensed program.