Ubuntu theme for Windows

Ubuntu theme for Windows

Windows has had support for themes, also known as visual styles, since Windows XP. By default, Windows will only load Microsoft-signed themes — but you can get around this fairly easily.

There’s a thriving community of theme-builders who are still creating themes for Windows 7 and 8. These aren’t your standard Windows themes — they modify the appearance of window title bars, buttons, and other visual elements.

Patching Your System Files

Windows checks to see if themes are signed by Microsoft before loading them. If they’re not, Windows won’t load them at all. In order to use any of these custom themes, you’ll have to modify Windows system files, the file called — uxtheme.dll in particular — and disable the filecheck. In the past, this required booting into Safe Mode and manually replacing system files. Today, there are easier ways to do this.

UxStyle is the ideal solution. This application runs entirely in memory, disabling the check without modifying any system files. It’s the easiest, safest way to enable third-party themes. However, its support for Windows 8 is experimental, so only Windows 7 users should use UxStyle. To use UxStyle, download it, extract the .zip file, and run the x64 installer if you’re using a 64-bit version of Windows or the x86 one if you’re using a 32-bit version of Windows. After installation, a new process named “UnsignedThemesSvc.exe” will run in the background. Reboot your computer and you’ll be able to install unsigned themes.

UxStyle Install for Windows 7

UxStyle Install for Windows 7

UltraUXThemePatcher is an easy-to-use application that modifies uxtheme.dll for you. It supports all the versions of Windows you’d want to do this on — both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, 7, Server 2008, Vista, Server 2003, and XP. All you have to do is download the application, run it, and reboot your computer when prompted — you’ll now be able to install third-party themes.

UltraUXThemePatcher for Windows 8

UltraUXThemePatcher for Windows 8

Finding and Downloading Third-Party Themes

You’ll find custom visual styles for Windows on a variety of websites. One of the best places to hunt for visual styles is on Deviant Art. Check the appropriate category page for your version of Windows:

 

Choose a theme you want and download it to your computer. To illustrate the process, we’ll use the Maverick for Win7 theme that attempts to port Ubuntu’s default theme to Windows 7.

Many themes are distributed in .rar format. If you want to open these, you’ll need a file-extracting program like the free 7-Zip.

Installing Visual Styles

Themes are located in the following folder:

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\

Each theme has its own subfolder here. To install a new theme, just drop its files into the Themes folder.
The .theme files should be in the root of the folder.

Install visual styles on Windows 7

Install visual styles on Windows 7

Note that some themes may include other assets and require you to follow additional instructions before they will work as intended. For example, themes may or may not include custom fonts and icons. The theme’s download page — or included readme file — will generally contain information on how to complete the installation process.

If you do need to install fonts, just drop the included font files — in .ttf format — into the following folder:

C:\Windows\Fonts

Install fonts in Windows 7

Install fonts in Windows 7

Once you have a theme installed, you can double-click its .theme file to switch to it. You’ll also find it listed alongside the themes included with Windows in your desktop personalization control panel. In Windows 7, right click on the desktop and choose personalize.

Select custom Windows 7 theme

Select custom Windows 7 theme

Remember Microsoft doesn’t officially support third-party themes, you’ll likely run into the occasional graphical glitch or rough edges when using custom visual styles with third-party applications. Not much can be done about this — developers generally don’t take unofficial Windows themes into account when designing their applications.

Ubuntu theme on Windows 7

Ubuntu theme on Windows 7

…On A Side Note

Stardock’s WindowBlinds is a popular application that works similarly, offering an easier way to install Windows desktop themes. It uses its own proprietary software called WindowBlinds for themes, allowing you to install a variety of additional themes from WinCustomize.org. However, WindowBlinds isn’t free — it costs $9.99 and up depending on what options you choose.

…And One Last Note
Special Thanks to Chris over at HowToGeek.com for the source of this article as I’m trying to teach myself WordPress.

It is a common question for cPanel administrators why cPanel does not keep the ClamAV software up to date. I don’t have the answer but i can demonstrate a simple workaround to upgrade ClamAV yourself with as little work as possible. You can identify if you use an old ClamAV version if you execute the command “freshclam” and the output is something like:

 ClamAV update process started at Wed Mar 26 11:51:12 2008
 WARNING: Your ClamAV installation is OUTDATED!
 WARNING: Local version: 0.91.2 Recommended version: 0.92.1
 DON'T PANIC! Read http://www.clamav.net/support/faq
 main.inc is up to date (version: 45, sigs: 169676, f-level: 21, builder: sven)
 daily.inc is up to date (version: 6393, sigs: 64747, f-level: 26, builder: ccordes)

So, let’s start and update clamav. At the moment of writing this the current stable release of ClamAV is 0.92.1:

1. Login to your server through SSH

2a. for 32-bit systems: cd /usr/local/cpanel/modules-install/clamavconnector-Linux-i686

2b. for 64-bit systems: cd /usr/local/cpanel/modules-install/clamavconnector-Linux-x86_64/

3. wget http://garr.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/clamav/clamav-0.92.1.tar.gz

4. Edit the file “install” with the command “vi install”

1. Alter the line “AVV=0.91.2″ and make it “AVV=0.92.1″

2. Alter the line “AVVOLD=0.91.1″ and make it “AVVOLD=0.91.2″

3. Save the file

5. echo “0.92.1″ > progversion

6. Execute the script install with the command “./install”

7. Wait for the compilation to finish and check your mail servers functionality.

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Browser: CCBot version 2.0

Host Name: ec2-3-235-137-159.compute-1.amazonaws.com

Remote Port: 56694

Browser ID: CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/)