Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I submit a proper visual style port request?
A: Send an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a note containing the following: permission from the original author, the visual style name, a link to the visual style, your DeviantART name (if I have to contact you), and any additional information.
Q: How do I use your visual styles?
A: If you haven't already, patch your system files using VistaGlazz or by patching your system files manually. The files can be found here. I am not reliable for any problems you might have while doing this. After you have your system files patched, extract the .zip file you've downloaded directly into "C:WINDOWSResourcesThemes". Double click on the .msstyles file inside the folder you just extracted. You can also apply my visual styles with programs such as StyleSelector, TuneUp Utilities, and Avestyler.
Q: If I were to create a concept for a Windows Vista theme, would you help me create it?
A: Yeah, show me your stuff!
Q: I downloaded a RAR/7z file. What's it for?
A: Get a program like 7-zip (recommended) or WinRAR to see what's inside the file. (You'll usally have to extract the contents to a folder if you're going to use it. It works like a zip-file.)
Q: Do you take requests?
Q: Can I modify one of your Visual Styles and submit it here on DeviantART?
Q: HELP! Some elements in the visual style show up black, or don't show up at all!
A: Post a comment in the F.A.Q. or on the page featuring the visual style. Be sure to describe the issue, and what feature(s) are missing.
Q: When I try to apply one of your visual styles, I get an error message that says "Visual Style cannot be applied." or something along those lines.
A: Please re-download the visual style, there may have been something wrong with the download. If the problem persists, and other users have had the same issue, then I will try to help the best I can.
Q: Will you make various mods of your themes? (ie: slim-taskbar, color modifications, etc)
A: No, the themes I port are as is and will not be altered, unless there is a problem that hinders the usability of the theme. Although, for the themes that I design myself, I might alter them to suit the community's interest.
As requested by various XP theme authors, I will port the theme according to their likings, if you have a question for alteration, then you can bring it up with them.
Q: What's going on? There's no .theme file.
A: You don't need a .theme file to apply my Visual Styles. The Visual Style itself is in the .msstyle file.
Q: How do you create themes?
A: Visit UkIntel for his tutorials.
Q: Can I use your Visual Styles in Windows XP or Windows Blinds?
A: The themes are not compatible with Windows XP nor Windows Blinds. Although if the Visual Style is a port, then click on the link to the original XP theme.
Q: Will you port your themes to Gnome GTK?
A: No, but if someone offers, go ahead. Be sure to credit where it is due.
Visual Style Color Scheme
I'm in the process of making a new visual style for Windows 7 (Windows 8 turned out to be too buggy at the moment for my hardware). I was thinking of making a dark, minimal visual style. What color scheme would you guys like to see in this?
Visual Styles and Payment
Many who use them would agree that a lot of time and effort goes into building a visual style, regardless of the operating system. A visual style is something that the author pours his or her thoughts and feelings into in order to create a graphical layout that reflects his or herself. More often than not, the author will upload the visual style to a site such as DeviantART so that others can enjoy the author's artistic expression. My rewards for completing something I'm proud of are the thoughts and critiques of my peers here at DeviantART. I don't make visual styles with an expectation of monetary compensation in mind, I make visual styles
No More Windows 7 Support
As of right now, support for my Windows 7 and earlier themes has been discontinued. Windows 8 development will begin when tools become available.
As much as I want to like how Microsoft has altered the aero ui in Windows 8, I just can't. From my perspective, aero (glossy) and metro (flat) just don't mix. If they're going to go simple, why not keep it simple? A glossy/flat crossover doesn't work as well as one or the other. W7 aero works because they went glossy the whole way. W8 metro could work if they went flat the whole way with transparency. From what I've seen so far, they've tried to make transparency = gloss, and it simply doesn't work. Long story short, you can expect a metro ui theme with transparency from me soon.