Software Update: XPize 4.2 MCE

Spread the love

XPero recently released the final version of XPize version 4.2. This program is intended to spice up the user interface of Windows XP or 2003. There are still pictures and icons in Windows that have sometimes not changed since Windows 95. XPize modifies more than 150 system files to modify icons (from 32×32 to 128×128), animations and images. Furthermore, the screen saver and the start-up and login screen can also be adjusted as an option. on this page several screenshots can be admired. XPize is available in a normal (8.9MB) and a Lite version (5.3MB), the latter of which lacks the 128×128 icons. This release is compiled with the .NET Framework 2.0, so it will need to be installed in order to run XPize. The changelog for this release shows the following changes:

Traffic jams:

  • Added browseui.dll
  • Added wmploc.dll
  • Added mmc.exe 5.2.3790.2565 compatibility
  • Fixed mplayer2.exe not being patched
  • Fixed inetmgr.dll not being patched
  • notepad.exe skipped if Notepad2 found
  • msconfig.exe also patched if located in System32


  • Added icon 13 in shell32.dll
  • Added bitmap 135 in shell32.dll
  • Added bitmap 136 in shell32.dll
  • Added bitmap 534 in shdocvw.dll
  • Added bitmap 535 in shdocvw.dll
  • Modified icon 256 in fxssend.exe
  • Modified bitmap 1004 in winbrand.dll
  • Modified icon 28 in setupapi.dll
  • Fixed bitmap 859 in mspaint.exe

Miscellaneous / 3rd Party Files:

  • Added Realtek Sound files
  • Improved icon 0 in firefox.exe
  • Improved icon 32512 in firefox.exe


  • Added eMule Skin
  • Added WinRAR Skin
  • Added custom Opera HTML icon
  • QuickTime custom icon also compatible with QuickTime Alternative
  • New PNG Icon
  • Improved custom PHP icon
  • Fixed Shutdown & Logoff Screen dependency between shell32.dll and msgina.dll
  • Fixed all custom icons being copied when not all of them selected for install
  • Fixed Command Line Colors mod
  • Fixed screen saver compatibility with Windows Server 2003

XPize Settings:

  • Updated to version
  • Compiled with .NET Framework 2.0
  • Option for customizing Desktop Icon’s background color
  • Misc changes and fixes

XPize Reloader:

  • When ran silently on Startup, user is alerted with a notification balloon (or message box if balloons are disabled)
  • Remembers last selected tasks
  • GUI simplified
  • Instant refresh of shell icons
  • No longer prompts user to restart

Force Reload:

  • New application to force the repatching of any file (interesting for those who want to add their own resources)

Create XPized Windows ISO:

  • Improved presentation during ISO creation process
  • Added mmc.exe 5.2.3790.2565 compatibility
  • Removed msgina.dll


  • /novs skips Royale installation
  • /noskins skips XPize Software Skins installation
  • /lite installs XPize using the Lite installation type (Restore Point disabled by default)
  • /express installs XPize using the Express installation type (Restore Point disabled by default)


  • Checks are made if Normal Install selected and not when initializing
  • Checks whether system requires restart or not
  • Optimized to avoid unnecessary reboots


  • No need of Remove XPize Source.exe
  • Uninstaller created before installing files
  • When uninstalling a file, the resources, backup and log files are removed so no unnecessary space is taken
  • Optimized to avoid unnecessary reboots


  • Added 128×128 icon support to XPize Settings in Control Panel
  • Updated UXTheme Patcher to version 1.3
  • Removed XPize Menu

[break] Click for a larger version.

Version number 4.2 MCE
Operating systems Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center 2005
Website MSFN forum
File size


License type Freeware
You might also like