List of Windows visual styles

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Visual styles are sets of bitmaps and other graphics used to modify the Windows user interface, which have been introduced in Windows XP. They are more advanced compared to regular color scheme applied on top of the classic theme, which were used prior to Windows XP. Due to the inclusion of a desktop compositor, the behavior and effects of visual styles changed significantly in the Windows Longhorn and Windows Vista operating systems. They are self-contained in .msstyle files, which can contain several variants of a visual style. Visual styles are implemented in uxtheme.dll.

Name Appears in Finalized?
Watercolor Windows XP build 2223 - 2419 No
Sample Test Visual Style Windows XP build 2410 - 2419 No
Luna Windows XP Yes
Royale Windows XP Media Center Edition Yes
Embedded Windows Embedded 2009 Yes
Plex Windows Longhorn M3 - M6 No
Slate Windows Longhorn M7 - M9 No
Jade Windows Longhorn M7 - M9 No
Windows Basic Windows Vista - Windows 7 Yes
Windows Aero Windows Longhorn M6 - present Yes
Aero Lite Windows 8 - present Yes