Restore Windows XP Default Theme 101

A mini tutorial for beginners

Sunday, January 22, 2006 by Corky_O | Discussion: Tutorials

Restore Windows XP Default Theme 101


This mini tutorial is designed to help beginners restore Windows XP to the default theme. This procedure should also be used prior to uninstalling Stardock customization programs to prevent any issues.


This mini tutorial has been created using Windows XP with the default settings.


STEP #1 – Deselect any option to "Run at startup" or similar language in all programs that offer this option, by opening the configuration dialog of the relevant program and clearing the check mark as illustrated by the images below:


ObjectDock Properties

Widget Properties

STEP #2 – Unload any Stardock customization programs using either the program configuration panel, or by using the system tray icon function which is illustrated in the image below:

STEP #3 – If you have an icon package applied, restore all icons by starting Icon Packager > clicking the Tools menu > selecting the Restore All Icons as shown in the image below. Note – after making this selection, click Yes in the confirmation dialog that pops-up, and then click the OK button at the bottom of the Icon Packager window.

Repeat the procedure above for the "Rebuild Icon Cache" command also listed in the Tools menu, as well as the "Restore all Cursors" if you have changed those.


STEP #4 – Click the Start button > click Control Panel > click Appearance and Themes > click the Display link indicated in the image below:

STEP #5 – Click the Themes tab > select the Windows XP listing in the Theme drop-down list > click the Apply button as shown in the image below:

After a few seconds, you should see the familiar green Start button, blue Taskbar, and Bliss wallpaper.


I hope you found this mini tutorial useful. Until next time, have fun and "Keep On Customizing".

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