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Ubuntu Light for Windows XP

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

How to edit:

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I wanted to know if this works with windows 10

filippoiaria's avatar

does it work on windows 10?

CoffeeRobotDA's avatar

el enlace no funciona

Make one to looks like the newest OSX plz
FADxpmddr122's avatar
Thanks bro, nice theme. :)
Fabiothekiller465's avatar
i have windows 7 ._.
Artsurf101's avatar
very cool theme. tnx
Link is dead :(
shvelo96's avatar
Gonna use for Wine
Esco140's avatar
I like it, i'ts exelent... thanke you, and greetings
Pikapiplup's avatar
Nice, but i got the real thing. But excellent job! I think this is a work of art. Congrats!
wongtakapusi's avatar
thanks excited to try it
Nice Thank you
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!
DogFreaky's avatar
really cool (=
sahwar's avatar
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's avatar
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:
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