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Artist's Note

Finished! Sorry for the crappy preview. Download it and install it. You'll see how sexy it really is. ;) There's a black and a brown version both with six different color schemes and a bunch of icons. Sorry no Winamp skins. I just don't have the time right now. Big thanks to the 4imp crew for all there help. Check out j3 he should be releasing the walls soon. Thanks for your patience guys. Enjoy!

UPDATE Opps! Some how I forgot to change the taskbar hover buttons for the black version. So they're blue for all of the all of the color schemes. Don't ask me how I missed that. So if you want the black version please download it again. I can't edit the download file so download it here

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Comments (92)

egolatra says:

gawd! this is so ugly! :P love the brown for real +fav (too bad that GUI.Relax by b0se was released yesterday, i just could use that till today :P)

Thu, Dec 28th at 09:31pm (11 years ago)
circa says:

Wow, big suprise seeing this getting released. Wasn't really expecting it, but looks very good, and nothing short of spectacular.

Thu, Dec 28th at 09:31pm (11 years ago)
nitzua says:

nice update :]

Thu, Dec 28th at 10:11pm (11 years ago)
curre says:


Thu, Dec 28th at 10:49pm (11 years ago)
neodude says:

Bout freeking time! Well put together as always and best VS of the year...

Thu, Dec 28th at 11:07pm (11 years ago)
relik says:

using it now. :)

Thu, Dec 28th at 11:22pm (11 years ago)

Damn sexy as always Heylove.

Thu, Dec 28th at 11:23pm (11 years ago)

definitely im in love.

till your next release ill be using this. :)


Thu, Dec 28th at 11:30pm (11 years ago)

egolatra: Yeah, me too :P
oh btw: the haxrcorp font's you included are corrupt.

Thu, Dec 28th at 11:44pm (11 years ago)

I'd use this VS if I wasn't too lazy to reshack my icons.

Thu, Dec 28th at 11:45pm (11 years ago)
scooby says:


Fri, Dec 29th at 12:21am (11 years ago)
OftenK says:

Wonderful! The brown is gorgeous!

Fri, Dec 29th at 01:44am (11 years ago)
vkeios says:

Awesome, you just made me wish I didn't just switch to osx.

Fri, Dec 29th at 02:28am (11 years ago)
krate says:

Just seems a bit too similar to the first one. I was expecting something different...

Nonetheless, areao4 is still one of my favorite visual styles.

Fri, Dec 29th at 02:30am (11 years ago)
aakio says:

Great visual style and icons! If i could give you higher than a 100 i could, because of all the work that must have gone into this. The black schemes are still my favourites and i love that balloon close button!

Fri, Dec 29th at 04:39am (11 years ago)
Quanoo says:

Sexy indeed. :) Edit: Have been using this for a while now, and i must say that i'm not very fond of a few things, like captionsbuttons and etc. This is however a nice update to a very nice style, but I think that the first one was more stable and smooth.

Fri, Dec 29th at 04:42am (11 years ago)
Flykes2u says:

I've allways loved area and this looks kinda perfect to me...great work ;)

Fri, Dec 29th at 04:56am (11 years ago)
dnz says:

What did you expect, it's area o4.2. Not a completely new VS. I think it looks fantastic! Great work as usual heylove :)
Love the icons and walls aswell.

Fri, Dec 29th at 05:49am (11 years ago)
kowoolo says:

you don't see such a detailed visual style often!

Fri, Dec 29th at 05:52am (11 years ago)
7sinz says:

I've never seen so many ass-lickers in a row.. unbelievable. She could have realesed a Luna Mod and you guys would love it. Omg, and why? Just because it's Heylove? Oh dear... Well, great work - that's for sure, but a 'lil bit too hyped, isn't it?

Fri, Dec 29th at 05:55am (11 years ago)
puer says:

Nice seeing an icon set included with this release. Well done.

Fri, Dec 29th at 07:40am (11 years ago)
Damzk says:

Okay, area o4 is certainly one top 3 best VS EVER, maybe the best. It had a few bugs, probably was rushed out, but so wonderful that yet my fav one. This fixed them out. Was it needed? Maybe not for like 100 that know how to do it, but fuck you elitists complaining people, if what's best can become better, of course it should. Plus, it has nothing less than lotsa awesomelly beautiful icons included and another color scheme. I don't get it, this is not like a SS where you can say meh and whatever, FUCK, this is the most talented VS maker GIVING you her hard work, if you don't feel it's good enough then just shut the fuck up. Thank you heylove, much appreciated.

Fri, Dec 29th at 07:44am (11 years ago)

Nice ;)

Fri, Dec 29th at 07:50am (11 years ago)
Troper says:

Heylove, why you always kick all custo's asses? :P

That is sooo sekzi!

Fri, Dec 29th at 10:04am (11 years ago)
fate0000 says:

Classic, legendary VS but I'd say the icons and the wall pack steal the show as the VS aside from the 2 or 3 things I can pick out and the new color schemes, is virtually the same.

Fri, Dec 29th at 10:37am (11 years ago)
09wkd says:

Agree w/ 7sinz, its a great release, don't get me wrong, but I think the praise is more because its a 4imp vs than just a VS :/ Nevertheless, I downloaded just for the icons alone :P They're quite the shiznit indeed. I'd use the VS but am currently rocking classic windows because I want the speed advantage edit screw it, Im rocking the VS too now, couldnt resist

Fri, Dec 29th at 10:43am (11 years ago)

Great update to an already legendary suite. Glad to be a part of it. I've been using this for quite some time now and its funny how it suits almost any wall you throw at it. Great work again Cara.

Fri, Dec 29th at 01:20pm (11 years ago)
R I P says:

sweet :)

Fri, Dec 29th at 08:35pm (11 years ago)
Pokit says:

omg <3. I really like the mouseover borders and scrollbars and everything!!!1

Fri, Dec 29th at 08:38pm (11 years ago)

obviously my fave, since I leeched the color scheme for GSM:

Best vs ever.

Sat, Dec 30th at 02:12pm (11 years ago)

Thanks, heylove! This kind of quality work really inspirates me into start skinning.
Shame that won't have a WA... But fuck that! XD

Sat, Dec 30th at 03:06pm (11 years ago)
blueslaad says:

Nice way to end the year. Outrageous work here, as always.

Sat, Dec 30th at 06:00pm (11 years ago)
heylove says:

"all of the all of the" lol. Thanks everyone!

Highlaj Thanks buddy

Sat, Dec 30th at 07:00pm (11 years ago)
versuz says:

Heylove, nothing beats your Aesthetic Groove, but this one comes very close! I especially like the hoover and the colour schemes. And the little things finish it :)

Sat, Dec 30th at 08:51pm (11 years ago)
sbbath says:

i like it much better that the first release

Sat, Dec 30th at 10:07pm (11 years ago)

gorgeous icons!

Sat, Dec 30th at 11:29pm (11 years ago)
ParTKiD says:

Fantastic, congrats on a v2 with actual real improvements, some just don't get it.. now it's time to port this to my cellphone. The only thing that I am not a fan of is the arrow in the Startmenu, besides that this works for me.

Sun, Dec 31st at 12:14pm (11 years ago)

i agree about the arrow in the start menu, it's half-assed and oddly placed, but otherwise this is probably my favourite vs of 06! brown/teal is particularly choice.

Mon, Jan 1st at 08:25pm (11 years ago)
Highlaj says:

100 for the black :)
The brown is gets 0.

100+0/2 ~ 1 4ME

Toobad i removed the magnifiying glas, otherwise i'd use this.

Thu, Jan 4th at 05:37pm (11 years ago)
ranqour says:


Fri, Jan 5th at 02:46pm (11 years ago)
rob1101 says:

very very nice. i would suggest making a better preview though

Wed, Jan 24th at 09:39pm (11 years ago)
kevinlau7 says:


Tue, Feb 27th at 11:24am (10 years ago)
wraybling says:

this is definitely my favourite vs at the moment. great work!

Sun, Mar 25th at 08:45pm (10 years ago)
adz_619 says:


Fri, Mar 30th at 06:51am (10 years ago)
-_- says:

Very nice, is the wallpaper released yet? Thx!

Sat, Mar 31st at 04:10am (10 years ago)

i used this vs for a while but then could not get it to work again (changed to another vs and could not revert back). i will try again soon i'm sure. i love this theme a lot. gj!

Wed, Apr 4th at 06:15pm (10 years ago)

wrong download page... thats why!! lol

Thu, Apr 5th at 03:57pm (10 years ago)
akka says:

best vs to date.

Tue, Apr 24th at 01:57pm (10 years ago)

damn, good job on this theme, even if I am a bit late on the praise.

Wed, May 9th at 08:40pm (10 years ago)

if i were back on windows id use this. great work.

Thu, May 10th at 06:19pm (10 years ago)
raoul says:

Sweet skin except for the font sizes whcich for some reason are all messed up on my laptop >.<

Could you possibly include Arial 8 as one of the default choices? Im pretty sure thats a universal fav :)

Fri, Jun 1st at 04:12am (10 years ago)
golbez says:

Yeah. For some reason, I think it's cause i dont use Windows ClearType, the fonts looks odd... someline like arial or even tahoma version would be cool :D

Wed, Jun 13th at 04:51am (10 years ago)
a_ib91 says:

i love it , it's so cute

Sat, Aug 18th at 03:43am (10 years ago)
jw62 says:

All these VS's are crap! What gets me is how quickly pubes fire off any new OS look before it hits the stores. I think you all need jobs.

All one needs is a window for each application and a way to distinguish between one application and another. What exactly are you all hoping and looking for?

Thu, Sep 20th at 01:19am (10 years ago)
jw62 says:

In fact many of these VS's are a testimony to the ignorance of the author. Many seem to ignore the status bar and make VS's so dark that the status bar font, which is kept black, is impossible to read. The same applies to light VS's with milky white backgrounds and white fonts. Contrast means nothing to these fools.

Thu, Sep 20th at 01:41am (10 years ago)
krm says:

Hey very nice work looks awsome!
im just having some troubles getting the icons
working if someone has the time 2 help me
add me thanks!

Fri, Sep 21st at 11:51am (10 years ago)

I wanted to make an account for this, but Bugmenot had one so yay!
First of all, nice theme, used it in the past and even tho it isn't really what i wanted i was very happy with it.
@ jw62, if you hate the themes on this site so much, stop coming here or make a theme to show how it is done or something, but don't go around criticizing everyone like you are the world's authority on themes.

Mon, Oct 1st at 05:23am (10 years ago)
BlakjaK says:

Most excellent. : )

Sat, Nov 10th at 12:43pm (10 years ago)

wow amazing work! love the theme :)

Tue, Nov 13th at 03:11am (10 years ago)

love it. using it now.

n00b question: any idea how I restore web form text field outlines?

Great icons as well.

Thu, Nov 29th at 09:08am (10 years ago)

This is really sweet.

I was wondering if someone could help me. I'm new to this stuff. How do you install icons without .iconset, .iconzip, .iptheme, etc. file?

Plz msg me if you know...thanks!

Thu, Dec 6th at 03:12pm (10 years ago)
floms87 says:

super cool

Sun, Jan 6th at 07:05pm (10 years ago)
silkcut says:

Thank you. One thing though. HaxrCorp Caps.FON and HaxrCorp.fon are corrupt. Anyone know where to get these?

Thu, Jan 10th at 03:13pm (10 years ago)
hm2xt says:

cool! thank you man

Sat, May 3rd at 06:12am (9 years ago)
Spooger7 says:

Incredible. I'm a tad new to this, how do you apply the icons? Once again, very, very impressive.

Fri, May 9th at 05:52pm (9 years ago)
CrankDat says:

nice. Favorite

Thu, May 22nd at 10:52am (9 years ago)
dst_ntn says:

hey guys, it's truly the best , but can someone send me ,please, icon package with this icons, because i dunno which icon belongs to which goup..:((

Wed, Jul 2nd at 06:24am (9 years ago)
LLH-G says:

i like it!

is there any way to get an shellstyle file out of an existing .msstyle file?

Mon, Jul 28th at 05:07am (9 years ago)

hmm im kinda having trouble with this...i installed the theme, but i dont know how to install the shell replacement for explorer or w/e. I would like to make it look like the preview, but my folders and everything looks regular from windows xp. If someone could help me out that would be great.

IM me on AIM my sn: glennjuice0309
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Fri, Aug 8th at 04:38pm (9 years ago)
ericcc says:

thank you
thank you
thank you
thank you
thank you


Wed, Sep 17th at 12:33am (9 years ago)
McGerson says:

Nice job, I just have a question how do you aply the icon set????? Nobody has posted an answer and I don;t know how to do that I would really appreciate if someone can help

Sat, Jan 3rd at 05:05pm (9 years ago)

Amazing! I was using an older version of area for a long wile, I had no idea what I was missing.

Wed, Jan 28th at 10:10pm (9 years ago)
Antheor says:

Please help me I'm a BIG NOOB :
I can't find any .theme file in area 4.2 folder. How can windows apply this theme then ???

Fri, Mar 13th at 01:43pm (8 years ago)

Vista can't Antheor... if that's what you're looking for.

That's why I'm making this comment to request heylove make a Vista port of this theme!!! I loved it on my work comp (XP) and now I want it on my laptop comp (Vista).

Help us out Cara! :)

Wed, Mar 18th at 02:37am (8 years ago)

this is one badass motherfunker!!!! hoo yeah... i can sleep well tonight.

Tue, Apr 14th at 01:17am (8 years ago)
nivekz says:

how to install?

Thu, Apr 30th at 02:59pm (8 years ago)
YordiEdit says:

plz take a look at my theme i made this and im only 12 years old

Mon, Jul 20th at 09:20am (8 years ago)
LLDavid says:

how can i instal the icons automaticly?
it will suck if i vahe ti do it one by one!

Wed, Aug 5th at 07:50am (8 years ago)
yuri21 says:

Anyone knows where the wallpaper pack is? I tried to download it from the link at the artist's page but it's gone from customize.org

Tue, Nov 3rd at 11:42am (8 years ago)
Ssd8 says:

This is my favorite custom theme I've used. It's completely full of win! :D

Mon, Nov 9th at 09:06pm (8 years ago)
jordon says:

Where do extract the zip file on my computer for the theme ??

Sun, Nov 15th at 08:22pm (8 years ago)
danielito says:

it dosen't work on my windows xp sp3 there is a different extension of the file....it would be .theme non .msstyle what i have to do??????

Mon, Nov 16th at 11:52am (8 years ago)
jueyue says:


Sun, Jan 3rd at 02:55am (8 years ago)
RFloriNNN says:

amazing :O i use now :)

Mon, Jan 4th at 05:19am (8 years ago)
fury88 says:

this never works when i try to use it...i click on the teme file and it just brings uop the xp customize window and the theme is never there to be selected....?!?!?

Tue, May 25th at 06:14am (7 years ago)
Kiyuubi says:

Love it man. Just a suggestion, I hate how the 'start button' is, I wish it had the Windows Logo.

Fri, Aug 27th at 11:06pm (7 years ago)
2noah2 says:

i hate it

Sat, Feb 5th at 03:36am (7 years ago)

i registered on this site because your stuff looked so good! i've got a bit of a noob problem though, if anyone could help that would be awesome, i want to use these dope skins!

link to my lil' problem:


Mon, Feb 7th at 04:14am (7 years ago)
kaitek says:

VERY good theme, I love it. I don't really like windows, so I don't mind seeing that crappy logo everywhere.

Wed, Jun 19th at 05:10am (4 years ago)
kaitek says:

* not seeing *

Wed, Jun 19th at 05:10am (4 years ago)
kaitek says:

so... how do we change the icons???

Wed, Jun 19th at 05:21am (4 years ago)
kaitek says:

I have installed the theme, but the default icons remain. HOW TO CHANGE THE ICONS from either color 1/2/3/4/5/6???

Wed, Jun 19th at 05:31am (4 years ago)

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