Yep, I've been using patched uxtheme.dll in XP and Vista for a while too and never encountered any real
problems (apart from from the occasional incompatible shell32.dll's that use to break the OS in a big way
). I used to take certain elements from quite a few different themes I liked to create 'tailored themes'.
But since windowblinds does cost $$$ and finding/creating custom themes sometimes can end up being time consuming (not to mention finding icons), it would be nice to just have a bit more 'out of the box' customizing options available for a change.
Different colours and boring wallpapers is a pretty poor substitute, especially since MS want the 'wow' factor returned to Windows.
Quote: Originally Posted by garbanzo
by keeping the average user from changing this look, microsoft ensures brand recognition.
Too true unfortunately