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Applying the XP theme to VB.NET apps

How do apply the Windows XP theme to my VB.NET apps?
The easiest way is to include a manifest file called <your app name>.manifest in the same directory as your .EXE file. A manifest file looks like the following:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
<assemblyIdentity 
    version="1.0.0.0" 
    processorArchitecture="X86" 
    name="Your App Name Here"
    type="win32" 
/>
<description>Your app description here 
<dependency> 
    <dependentAssembly> 
        <assemblyIdentity 
            type="win32" 
            name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls" 
            version="6.0.0.0" 
            processorArchitecture="X86" 
            publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df" 
            language="*" 
        /> 
    </dependentAssembly> 
</dependency> 
</assembly>

This was first published in February 2004

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