Windows® XP Skins
Do you want to give a new look to the Windows® XP operating system installed on your desktop or laptop?
Microsoft® changed the look and appearance of Windows® to a great extent by releasing the Windows® XP operating system. The earlier versions of Windows® included a simple color scheme with basic options to customize. In the Windows® XP operating system, Microsoft® added a default colorful skin with blue and green shades, in addition to several other themes. It is possible to change the visual theme in Windows® XP with any of the various available themes or with attractive skins available for free on Microsoft® official website.
Here, we discuss how you can give a new look to your Windows® XP desktop by changing its skin:
- System requirements for installing skins
- Sources of Windows® XP skins
- How to change Windows® XP skins
System requirements for installing skins
The minimum system requirements to download and change the skin of Windows® XP are Personal or multimedia computer with a 350-megahertz (MHz) or higher processor, Windows® XP Home Edition or Windows® XP Professional as the operating system, 64MB of RAM, 300MB of available hard disk space, CD-ROM or DVD drive, VGA or higher resolution monitor, 256-color video card, 3D graphics acceleration, video adapter compatible with Windows® XP, Windows® XP compatible sound card and speakers or headphones, and Microsoft® Mouse or any other compatible pointing device.
Sources of Windows® XP skins
There are many free Windows® XP skins available free of cost on Microsoft® official website. Some of them are for Windows Media® Player and some for the desktop. Here are the names of some of the free available skins: World of Warcraft Windows Media® Player skin, Final Fantasy XI for Windows® desktop, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth Skin for Windows Media® Player 10, Need for Speed Underground Skin for Windows Media® Player 9, Half Life 2 Skin for Windows Media® Player 9, Windows® XP Media Center Edition Skins, and Party Mode Skins for Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005.
Changing the existing Windows® XP skin is very easy. Just follow the given steps to change the skin of your Windows® XP desktop: Right-click on a blank area on the desktop and click ‘Properties’. Click the ‘Themes’ tab. By default, the ‘Theme’ drop-down menu will be set to ‘Windows XP’, ‘Windows Classic’ or ‘My Current Theme’. If you would like to switch to the old-style Windows® skin with a gray bar at the bottom, select ‘Windows Classic’. To maintain the look of Windows® XP but change the color scheme, keep the menu on ‘Windows XP’ or ‘My Current Theme’ and click the ‘Appearance’ tab. Click the drop-down menu next to ‘Color Scheme’. Select any of the available colors to change the display skin. All versions of Windows® XP include blue, olive, and silver color schemes. However, some versions may have additional selections. Click ‘Apply’ for the changes to take effect.