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Ubuntu Light for Windows XP by Freddi67 Ubuntu Light for Windows XP by Freddi67
Many thanks for downloading the

Ubuntu Light Theme 10.10

for Windows XP !


~Aerilius has updated the theme to Ubuntu Light Themes 12.10.
You most likely want to download it instead, because it has fixes for almost all the bugs and includes a Radiance color variant in addition to Ambiance.

This port to Windows as well as the original Light themes for Linux are under a Creative Commons License, that means you can feel free to share, redistribute and (please) edit !

My intention was to bring the new polished look of Ubuntu and a more consistent visual appearance into my Windows programs in Virtual Box or Wine. As XP is still more widely used than Windows7 (especially in VirtualBox), I started with the Ambiance color scheme in XP msstyles format. Contributions of any kind are highly welcome!

This is a work in progress and there are still some bugs. If you have more knowledge of Windows Visual Styles, it would be great if you could help me:
  • Unfortunately, many parts of XP styles cannot be skinned (context menu, rectangular text inputs, etc.). In addition most windows programs do not consistently use system colors/fonts, but override them with hard-coded colors/fonts (black) which can cause weird results. If you know how things could be improved, I would appreciate any help.
  • in general Windows uses smaller sizes of fonts and controls
  • some font colors still do not match
  • problems with the dark menu background (some apps override it and display both text and background white)
  • I couldn't get the progress bar to work
  • an icon theme would be awesome, aswell as Radiance and Ambiance Dark color scheme
  • fixed: magenta toolbar backgrounds in Wine
  • updated: window captions and final Ubuntu font

How to use:

  • for using custom Windows themes, you always need to have a patched uxtheme.dll, for example with UXtheme Multi Patcher
  • you can get the window buttons on the left side using LeftSider
  • right click on the task bar, then 'unlock' and move it to the top

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marcussacana Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2019
Make one to looks like the newest OSX plz
FADxpmddr122 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks bro, nice theme. :)
ellie696 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
like it
Fabiothekiller465 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
i have windows 7 ._.
Artsurf101 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
very cool theme. tnx
CyberCod Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Link is dead :(
shvelo96 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Gonna use for Wine
Esco140 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I like it, i'ts exelent... thanke you, and greetings
Pikapiplup Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, but i got the real thing. But excellent job! I think this is a work of art. Congrats!
wongtakapusi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thanks excited to try it
x960 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Nice Thank you
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
sidewaysmilk Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I'm using this in Wine to make my Windows apps match my Ubuntu desktop. Thanks for your great work!

My only suggestion is that if the context menus can't be cleaned up because of how the control/highlight/shadow colors work, it might be better to sacrifice authenticity for aesthetic and just use the lighter window color for the context menus.

Thanks again!
bennett-01 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
danishsadiqe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
gOT iT
Vernian Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
DogFreaky Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
really cool (=
sahwar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, as the author pointed out, there are some rough edges to be worked on, but other that that it's pure awesome! Many thanks for creating this appealing visual theme! It's a must for Ubuntu/WinXP dualboot junkees. ;)
WHchaz1027i Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Nice but the context menu needs improvement. Could you make a faenza icon pack and nav buttons too? if it is too much, then it's OK. I am using Natty though :). I just want to transform my Big Sister's PC.:brushteeth:
phoenixnigma Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
dalent Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
buttons for close, miminalize window should be fixed, somebody got a problem there ? they react for mouse in wrong place (sorry for my english, but try move a mouse over these buttons and you see what I am talking about)
jahiy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I love it~
airforce1129 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student Photographer
or you could just get the ubuntu 10.10 live cd
carnine9 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thanks to make font smaller like ori xp ?
Reszner Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
the ONLY thing that bugs me is, for instance, the start menu, which has an obnoxious white border. is there any way this can be changed?

otherwise, fantastic theme :D
vastril4o Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Interface Designer
hehe :) its nice, <3 my original maverick
bg76x Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
If this worked for windows 7,you would have my undying love and loyalty for life.....
emecoelho Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Great Work!
I' m working in a Ambience skin for Wb. Now I've all the resources!
Thank you.
ubuntu-user333 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The download won't work! Can you try reposting it somewhere else please?

This theme looks great! I was going to use it for the same reason you said you made it ;)
xmizer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Don't worry about it being dark, it looks perfect to me!
xmizer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Cool theme.
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xanthanos Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
For vista one day ?
renaldocreative Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful theme thanks for sharing.
taphosarts Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
I was looking for something like this for such a long time! Thank you!
Now my virtualbox windows look the same as native ones!
P.S. do you know the way to make these window button appear on the left?
BlackImpressor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
I love it. But I need this for Vista!
biddster Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Apologies for the ignorance, do I need to do something special to get this to work. Mine just looks like windows 2000 when I install it. Do I need a hacked theme.dll thingy?
sauyadav Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
thanks a lot, was searching for something like this
MurderAngel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student General Artist
sorry I'm asking. I have windows xp and installed this theme but I want the Taskbar up there like in this picture not down like it's usually in Windows xp. I didnt read all the comments but if anyone knows how to do that I would apreciate an answer. Thank you. :)
Streetster20 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Right-click on the taskbar, and uncheck the box that has "lock the taskbar".
Then click and drag the taskbar (use an empty part of it, no icons/programs) and drag to the top.

Hope that helps. ;)
MurderAngel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Student General Artist
It helped. Thanks a lot. :)
Streetster20 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
No Problem. ;)
aleksutzu11 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
what tools are you using?because i don't now what programs to use to make themes
SoNiC4000 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Any chances for a port to Windows 7?
Freddi67 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Hey, I didn't have Win7 but see here the incredible work of dpcdpc11:
Nitnerolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Student Interface Designer
I am so sad that it is not for Windows 7

Great Work!
Freddi67 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Have a look here:
MastroPino Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thanks for sharing!
I'm using it on wine for ubuntu!
GlaDiaTor17 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
you can change orb with original orb ubuntu
and prograss not good !!
kde33ko Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Man, i just signed up into deviantART only to tell you, as an Ubuntu user, THANK YOU.
It just makes wine applications (e.g. Reaper, as i use it to make music on both Win and Ubu) look way better than default.
Obviously, as you say, there are still usability issues (sometimes buttons turn back to the default ugly theme when clicked, and Reaper menus disappear or aren't drawn correctly) so i switched back to the default theme, but i kept the color scheme.
Anyway i think this is not your theme's fault, it's mostly wine's theming implementation, which is still buggy.
And i believe you're focusing more on the WinXP theming part than on wine.
Unfortunately, i have no knowledge in msstyles nor in how wine implements them, so i can't help you at the moment.
I hope this project will grow bigger and hopefully, one day, merge into ubuntu default wine package, as an option to make windows applications look native.
Keep up the good work!

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