There is more than one way to skin Windows. Themes provide a simple way to personalize the Windows desktop, while more advanced changes to the Windows interface require software that allows you to apply custom visual styles.
In terms of changing the functionality of the desktop, you need additional tools such as Stardock's ObjectBar or a desktop extender such as DesktopX. These programs enable you to take your skins to a whole new level in terms of how a user accesses basic Windows functions.
How far you take skinning is really up to you. You should just have fun and approach each level of the skinning process with care. Remember that much of what we have discussed in this book requires that you manipulate some important Windows codeyou don't want to disable your computer trying to create that perfect skin.
This book has provided a good overview of a number of skinning-related software packages, but be sure you read the documentation included with each software package carefully. Start with simple modifications and slowly and carefully work your way up to the ultimate skin. Take the time to check out the discussion groups that are provided by the various skinning software vendor websites. If you have a problem, you can bet that someone else has also had to deal with the same glitch. Take advantage of other skinners' knowledge; it will help you a lot as you create your own skins.