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Week in Geek: The Happy Father’s Day Edition

In celebration of Father’s day this year, I did nothing—and it was everything I thought it could be. Also, Happy Father’s Day to the rest of you!

In other news, Windows hacker Rafael Rivera, the same guy that has been patching Windows core files so you can install custom themes, has released a free application called UxStyle that replaces the need to patch system files entirely.

You’ll notice that the service phones home during the beta period…

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These are really very standard install screenshots, not sure why I’m including them!

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And that’s all there is to it.

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Once the application is installed, you’ll notice it running in the background, barely taking any memory at all.

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At this point you should be able to follow the rest of the instructions to enable custom themes, just make sure you skip over the patching files part.

Download UxStyle from uxstyle.com

Random Links We Found This Week

Random stuff is great! Pity we were lazy this week and only found a few.

Reviews And Such

We’re going to be upgrading the reviews section this week – adding loads of features, including the ability to leave your own reviews and ratings.

Cakewalk Music Creator 5
Media Monkey Standard Version 3
WinUtilities 6.4

The Weekly Articles

In case you missed them, new stuff from the week.

Editor’s Weekly Note

We’ve got some major upgrades coming to the site, loads of great new features that we’ve been working all night, every night, to finish.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/21/09

Comments (3)

  1. Jonathan

    Why would someone prefer installing a service that runs in the background all the time (even if it does use few resources) to simply patching a file?

    Not to be a Negative Nancy, just wondering if there’s some benefit I’m missing.

  2. The Geek

    @Jonathon

    With the hacked patch files, you have to re-patch every time there’s a major Windows update… which usually means you can’t install any updates until there’s a new patch file out.

  3. Jonathan

    @The Geek

    Ahh, I see now. I’m still using WinXP, for which there are no major upgrades any longer, so that problem never occurred to me.

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