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Ambient by tornado5 Ambient by tornado5
Ambient, a Windows XP visual style inspired by the default themes of Windows XP, Vista and 7.

To use this theme you need to patch a system file called uxtheme.dll. Download and run this application or use another patch of your choice. When you have patched uxtheme.dll place the msstyle in a suitable folder (C: or something) and run it.

Bugs: Before reporting any bugs try and think of and explanation why the bug occurs and don't immediately assume it's a problem with the theme. I took a few shortcuts when creating this theme therefore some stuff might not be skinned properly, this because these images are very rarely used.

:bulletyellow: Shellstyle: Not included. If you want one I recommend downloading this...
Ambient Shellstyle by Jamush

:bulletgreen: Compact Mode: Yes, included.

:bulletgreen: Large Icon Support: Yes, but you need to select the Large Icon option in the Font Size list.

:bulletred: Modifications: Only for personal use.

:bulletyellow: Ports:
• Vista:…
• Win 7: n/a
• Win 8: simplexdesignsart.deviantart.c…
• Linux: No.

:bulletgreen: Application Skins: Go for it.

Change Log:
v1.2.2 - 2009-02-22
• Support for large start menu icons. If you use large icons select this option in the Font Size list.
• Fixed small issue on the Classic captionbar.
v1.2.1 - 2009-02-22
• Fixed color for labels on the toolbar.
v1.2 - 2009-02-22
• Added alternative window style. (Classic)
• New start menu design.
• Removed right white line on tab page, causing issue with tabs aligned right.
• Fixed issue on the tray area.
• Fixed unintentional light on taskbar buttons and grouped taskbar buttons.
• Made some minor changes to separators on the toolbar and statusbar.
• Changed color of the explorerbar background.
v1.1.3 - 2009-02-09:
• Fixed rare right tab issue.
v1.1.2 - 2009-02-06:
• Fixed small issue with help button position.
v1.1.1 - 2009-02-02:
• Fixed issues with captionbuttons and scrollbars in compact mode.
• Fixed Windows Explorer link color.
v1.1.0 - 2009-02-01:
• Added Compact mode. (Thanks Gelosea for helping)
• Fixed gouped task menu margins.
• Fixed some more margins overlooked on the vertical taskbar.
v1.0.2 - 2009-02-01:
• Fixed left margin for arrow glyph on taskbar.
• Fixed some margins for buttons that where overlooked on the taskbar.
v1.0.1 - 2009-01-31:
• Fixed the All Programs selection on the start menu.

Wallpaper image used in the preview:…

The user picture is from this image:
Wind Waker Aryll And Link by kurokumo

• The theme is too bright. Can you make it darker?
- This is because this theme was created on an old CRT monitor. If you use a LCD colors will look brighter and more saturated. And since I don't have a monitor like this at the moment I can't fix it.
• The icons on the startmenu is cut in half.
- Yes, you have the Large Icons option enabled. You need to select this option in the Font Size list for the theme as well. Note that the icons on the right should not be visible in this theme by design.
• Are you going to create a black version?
- No.

Enjoy. :)
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hamedsp Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
joonkyu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Windows 7 ????? pleasseee
SoNiC4000 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
anniechatsa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I love this theme!
doubleaykay Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Simply beautiful. A good mix of XP, Vista and 7. Any thoughts about adding Windows 8 to the mix?
openmedia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Very Nice My Fav Theme :)
Dj-Maz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome concept !
Sonic0509 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I just wanted to say, that I starter porting this AMAZING theme to Windows 7 (non aero) and after I finish I will possibly port it to T-Mobile/CM7 (or even CM9) Theme Chooser for android. ;)
funkkybebel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
cool, will it support transparency ?
Sonic0509 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Unfortunately not, because:
-it's not made with transparency in mind (I suppose)
-it would be to much work to make (almost) every image transparent and put it back to theme.
Also I want to finish Basic version first and make it bug-free.
funkkybebel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
I don't know much about editing a VS from scratch, but it seems you don't have to handle the transparency, i mean, transparency is transparency.

Good luck anyway.
Sonic0509 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
yethzart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
after seing this theme, i might dual-boot with xp just to use this freakin-awesome xp theme...

super-super-great-job.. :#1:
shak3800 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I wish you could give permission to this guy [link]

It's such a great mod of ambient , and since not a lot of people use xp nowadays since xp life will come to an end , maybe you could give your permission .
CHROMAX Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
One of the few colorful AND highly professional themes out there. Most skins are cool and stylish, but dark and monotone. This is a fresh change and I always switch back to this theme since years and Im always impressed about the details.
Semitdne Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
:eyepopping: Thanks a million , that rocks !!, you rock!.
it's so beautiful and relaxing that I simply can't take my eyes of it, and it's hard for me to shutdown windows anymore :nod:

I just hope that you can help me with this thing with media player 10 , that hide menu bar button it's not skinned "I uploaded a screenshot [link]", and I know you explained why, but I really need to know how to fix it because I just want it to be perfect and all, thanks :)
tornado5 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Sorry, I have no idea how to fix that button in the titlebar. I don't think it's possible to skin it. You might be able to remove the button and menubar though if you look through the menus in WMP. Can't remember where this option is in WinXP. When the menubar is gone just press ALT on your keyboard to make it visible.
Semitdne Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
I tried that already but I was using y'z shadow back there which kept showing the shadow of the hidden frame as if it still was there ":ohmygod: maybe this should be reported as a bug in y'z shadow:

anyway I'm still trying lots of apps to enhance the look of XP "Icon tweak, TT, styler(*), y'z, aston(*), talisman(*), windowblinds and winstep(*)"
(I'm looking for minimum resources consumption, stable performance and great visual effects)
do you have something you would really recommend?! that would be helpful thanks :)
(*) your themes looks amazing with those
tornado5 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
My recommendation would be to uninstall all of that and only use the patched UXtheme. Anything else is bloatware imo and will just mess up your computer. Keep it simple. :)
Semitdne Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
yeah! they already did, thank you ;)
Semitdne Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Oh, by saying "'s hard for me to shutdown windows anymore..."
I meant it like I don't want to shutdown, like I want to enjoy the look of my desktop 24/7.

so of course it has absolutely nothing to do with your theme "or the operating system, I mean I think Microsoft did a great job with XP but I guess they forgot to hire people like you :)"

am I making any sense here?, just don't get the shutdown part wrong.
AkashdeepJabandar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
STILL using this and will keep using it until this PC rots, I've just installed the Vista port on my laptop and it looks amazing, it goes beautifully with Vista's default icons. This VS is all round flipping magnificent - thanks again!
MacontoshFreak Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
can u make one for windows 7
tornado5 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Sorry, don't have either time or software for that right now.
jargonbust Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
nice theme
liked the blue colours
sri66 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
How do i use it !... pls say me the installation instructions !
pathisagar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
how to download this one
lemler3 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
i kike the dark 1 :)
icharge Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Cool I Love it
Can I put this to my windows work?
Hadouken246 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Too bad there isn't a windows 7 version, great theme. :(
Devilicious-Mckenzie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student
It's so cute!! I'm using it now. I love it by the way... :D
aero5mith Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Best XP theme in existance, clean, crisp, and keeps XP looking up-to-date in the GUI department.
Just one question, how could I modify the colours myself, for personal use only? And would you grant me such permission?
tornado5 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
For personal use you can do whatever you want. Try WindowBlinds if you want another color.
abhas1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is, by far, the best VS ever.
Is there any way I can get a sort of silvery version of this?
Kliesh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
thank you
9254911 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
great, is the best
pahuudenkuolema Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
smoooth.great work :party:
allterio Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
I thought nothing can beat SlanXP3 visual style. I was wrong. This is awesome!
Kuma22 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
I would like it in pink / red versions :o
anyway, realy fits netbooks ^^
AkashdeepJabandar Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Thanks for this amazing visual style!

This is the one I keep going back to. Not to insult all the other amazingly talented skinners who've worked on XP, but however much I like the look of a new style - it can't budge me from Ambient.

This style is *mathematically* perfect for me, restful on the eyes and practical to use. It's much more sophisticated than XP's default style and FAR more tasteful than Vista and 7's boring "I'm a PC"-dullard UI bodge.

If anyone's still using Winamp in classic skin mode, I suggest "SkyXP" as an excellent matching skin.
tornado5 Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Thanks :)
phu7o7cs Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
I hope you release a version for Windows 7 soon !!
TangSida Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Can you PLEASE make a version for 48px icons?
tornado5 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
There is, read the description.
TangSida Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
fazendoART Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
send me link for download the theme !
igo-is-great Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
any chance of making a different color?:D
mattish-91 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
i realy like this theme :)
shak3800 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
thanks a lot for this great great theme !
ngothanhtai Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
I love it, because you always improve it :x
It's so beautiful and so luxurious.
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