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Longhorn 4074 VS v2.0 by javierocasio Longhorn 4074 VS v2.0 by javierocasio
Well I started looking for Longhorn themes for XP to use it but I didnt like all the themes that I found so I started my own. Ive been working for the past 3 days in this longhorn set for Windows XP. this took me more time than Tiger or any other port.

Wallpaper on preview by judge - [link]

<----* About *------------------------>

Longhorn 4074 version 2.0 visual style for WindowsXP by KoL

Theme based on Longhorn build 4074 by Microsoft.
Package contains seven different themes, Slate, Jade, Plex, Aero, Athens, Atenas and DWM with normal and thin taskbar. Seven wallpapers, Longhorn icons, User Pictures, Fonts and top shellstyles.

Longhorn Slate: Almost identical to Longhorn theme except inactive windows and start button. The start button used is the one when the sidebar is active.
Longhorn Jade: Almost identical to Longhorn theme the only things that I changed was the startbutton, the blue fonts are a little darker than the original theme and inactive windows.
Longhorn Aero: My version of Aero.
Longhorn Athens and Atenas: An Aero mod based on screenshot of Athens PC Concept found on
Longhorn Plex: My Plex version.

<----* Credits *---------------------->

Thanks a lot to Stefanka ( for letting me use his shellstyle as a base for the top shellstyles.

<----* Installation *----------------->

To use the Visual Style you need StyleXP (
Extract the zip to C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes

To use the top shellstyles copy the shellstyle on the folder C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\Longhorn Extras\Shellstyles\*COLOR* and replace it on C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\Longhorn *THEME NAME-THEME NAME*\Shell\*THEME NAME*

To change the icons you need a program like IconPackager, E-Icons or IconWorkshop.

<----* Updates *---------------------->

UPDATE 1 (v1.1)
- Fixed jaggies on start menu button.
- Fixed jaggies on Aero start button and tray buttons.
- Fixed maximize bug on Aero.
- Fixed start menu username.
- Little changes to Aero taskbar buttons and flash button.
- Changed Athens caption button. Now it looks similar to the one on the screenshots.
- Added tre different fonts, Normal (Segui on Aero, Jade and Athens), Tahoma and Arial.
- Changed fonts on shellstyle to Arial.

UPDATE 2 (v1.2)
- Small changed on Athens.
- Added Notepad, Paint and Calculator icons.

UPDATE 3 (v1.3)
- Added Plex theme.

UPDATE 4 (v1.4)
- Added four wallpapers.
- Fixed Start Menu buttons in non english Windows XP version.
- Fixed Search windows colors in Plex.
- Added alternative Slate start button image.

UPDATE 5 (v1.5)
- Fixed Startbuttons on Athens and Areo.
- Added transparent separator on toolbar.
- Fixed some little bugs.
- Added 6 new shellstyles (top shellstyles in Default, Blue, Purple, Green, Orange and Red.
- Added more icons.

UPDATE 6 (v2.0)
- Added a new theme, Atenas.
- Separate themes in three different msstyles. Longhorn Slate/Plex, Longhorn Aero/Jade and Longhorn Athens/Atenas.
- Added Thin Taskbar to all themes.

UPDATE 7 (v2.1)
-Added DWM theme.



Copyright 2002 - 2004, StudioTwentyEight
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Al-Rey-Writer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Writer
I'm upset that this was never released :/
rexydallas Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
you forgot the 4039 version of plex (new explorer with plex)
TheDhruv Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
can i use this in my project
TheDhruv Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
sorry i cant use this
EK666 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
really mind-blowing stuff dude
uuio Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
maxdesolate Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
awesome! just what i was lookin for. thank you so much!
joey24 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
how do i download the xppatcher thing, because when i expand the windowsxp thing, there are a million files, am i suppose to download them all? and how do i unzip them to recoursces themes??? pleasee help
the3godfathersteve Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
where do you have those destktop icons ?
ilike them
ka-la Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Hahaha man... you upload this on 2004, and see, you still get good comments... so what it means? Its great.
Rafax64 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Please you allow me to do small changes and insert in a pack based on Longhorn, I am doing?
javierocasio Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
what changes you want to do?
Rafax64 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I just want to separate the visual style Longhorn Slate and insert in a pack of Longhorn that I am doing. I guarantee that I will include your credits.
javierocasio Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Ok don't forget credit and link to my website.
Capuchus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Longhorn Slate looks very nice to me. Thanks!
ikthius Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
looking for new themes, thanks dude
deutrixcorp Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
It's simply an excelent job

LockCreate Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Artist
Very old pic but good :)

Neval Bozkurt
qizemli Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
another fantastic work ...
shiftyninjas Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
I know it's been a very long time, but I still use this sometimes on my old desktop... it's such a classic. :)
Coyote711 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This would be awesome on windows vista...
yellowbee Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
Great work!
acceptance1 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
WOW looks exactly like the real thing :o
ExxxTaZi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
Perfect work, slate visuals style has simple but yet slick.
good job Kol!, just what i was looking for:-)
Hamptech Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Student Interface Designer
This is one of my favourite Visual Styles, it has really fetched that true Longhorn Spirit! :thumbsup:
haseeb786 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
davemolina Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Dude, I've tried other visual styles and I always come back to your slate VS. Thank you for such damn good work.

keviny47 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
i prefer slate the best, great job

i use this or your tiger 2.1
YalovaLee Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Hi, very good gallery ;)
Nice style. I still can't believe M$ scrapped Longhorn for Vista. I just saw the preview of Longhorn on YouTube. It would've erased other OS out there.

Apple > M$ (rolls eyes). LOL

Dude, they're just the same.
FuzzyDogSlayer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
Excellent work, I've been looking for a good Longhorn VS everywhere!
Bush1do Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
wow nice !
moonnos Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
looks very very nice!
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Excellent work! Instant :+fav:!!!
sighlol Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Very impressive! Wonderful Job!
sandersonn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
Great job!!
Bumikk Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006   Interface Designer
what's the name of that iconset ? (desktop and toolbar) - THX for help
...awesome work!
theloz Featured By Owner May 22, 2006
I'm using "longhorn jade", and I've gotta say it's the best VS I've ever used! I prefer it to Royale, even - and that's saying a lot!! The colours just go together so well :)

The only thing I don't like so much is the scrollbar... the round thing in the middle of the trackbar just isn't doing it for me. Also the alpha looks dodgy on the radio buttons - they are really jaggy round the edges...

But to be honest, those things don't detract from my enjoyment of the skin at all. It's pro :)

qwertym Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006
awesome kol! :D
SizzleShiz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
This is so cool! ...I wish I knew how to install it and use it :cry:
Xammer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006   Interface Designer
It's a cool pack, but the vs's are not too accurate. I'd better usw Windows X's Longhorn Visual Styles Pack
mik86k Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005  Student Interface Designer
can you post the link for the icons?
ajust2008 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005
OK ~~~hehehe I'm chinese ~~good ^^#
ragex Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
good god, lets hope longhorn doesn't actaully look like that when its released. It looks ugly. Even worse then the GUI in XP, looks like microsoft failed once again to copy apples Aqua.
duffers20 Featured By Owner May 24, 2005
These themes are the first set of decent themes for longhorn that actually work. Also they look great and work perfectly. Thanks
silverhammer Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
say, the shellstyle and the icons it contains is not by any chance available for WindowBlinds ?
i don't want to uninstall WindowBlinds and i'm pretty happy with the Skin i have... but i would love to have these new icons :)
pavian Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005
Has anyone seen a Trillian 3.1 skin to go w/ the "Longhorn Jade" Visual Style?
davefink10 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2005
Wow :wow: - you folks are harsh - I think these themes are great - some of the best I've seen in one package :clap:. Props to the author. On another note I have one little suggestion. I really like the thin taskbar options - unfortunetly they don't seem to work when you vertically align the taskbar :sigh: - any chance of an update? -

- Pretty please :please:
cmmc Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005   Interface Designer
i love this pack... i jsut want to know where cani find the Explorer icons of longhorn also called"Explorer bar set"?? im talking about the icons in the explorer bar in the longhorn slate pic ... thanks
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