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UPDATE: this tutorial has gotten a lot of attention since i posted it 2 years ago.. so i decided to update the information, add information and even a nice video tutorial by andredk which is a little long, but very detailed. i updated the old journal and submitted a new one for good measure =)
VIDEO TUTORIAL

installing litestep is not a big deal. it has dependencies like any other application, and without them it will error. assuming your system meets all the requirements right now you can stop reading this and install litestep using the Omar Installer. (omar is the guy who created the installer) litestep was built using the x86 architecture so a x86 system is a prerequisite, however people have managed to install and use litestep on x64 systems.  

before you install litestep on any system you need to be sure you have the microsoft Visual C++ runtimes installed. just install all the redistributable packages! save yourself some headache. 2005 2008 2010
afaik litestep has noting to do with .net, but its probably a good idea to install 2.0 and 3.0

if you're on XP congratulations! use Omar's installer or LOSI (i've never successfully setup litestep using LOSI.. then again i only tried once ;) )

if you're on Windows 7 these 3 additional steps are important.

(1: ) if you have installed LOSI (and litestep gives you errors) remove it. install litestep using the Omar installer found here www.crystalxp.net/galerie/en.i…

(2: ) upgrade your litestep files to litestep 0.25.0 alpha. (apparently some kind dev's hooked this up back in 09 when vista was crucified and windows 7 emerged, aero, king of super(task)bars. whatever, pft. i'm not a developer, i'm not even sure what all they did(i'm too lazy to read)but you need it)

(3: ) install jDesk version 0.74 and edit your theme.rc so that it uses 0.74. (most modern litestep themes use jdesk 0.73 <<this was true.. 3 years ago.) if you get a modern theme that uses 0.74 it should download and install 0.74 automatically, but if you're using an old theme on windows 7 edit the theme.rc

that should do it. use the utility to set litestep as shell and reboot. if you need any extra help feel free to shoot me a note and i'll help if i can

xPaintClass is modern litestep. we all use the xmodules particularly xLabel, to design litestep interfaces. the modules are amazing. very easy to configure and use. if you download a modern litestep theme you will need to install xPaintClass so that the xmodules can do their thing. follow the link for information. xPaintClass is just a dll. no big deal. the difference between it and basically every other module is that xPaintClass goes in your root litestep directory, not in the modules directory. and that's it! drop that dll in the litestep folder, and load a theme.
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:iconamirovic:
how can i change the wallpaper? 
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:iconneyopro:
NeyoPro Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could really use a working link or the xPaintclass.dll...
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:iconrank0r277:
I can't find a working download for xPaintclass 1.0 anywhere, but I need it for a theme I'm trying to get. Do you know of a working link?
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:icondychy:
i'm sure that i have follow these step, and watch tutorial video carefully but when i install and apply new litestep skin, it's bug, i try and try but cant install litestep correctly in windows 7, OMG
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Aaron-A-Arts Aug 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
you may have to find and manually install some of the modules if you are getting errors when a theme loads
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:icondychy:
i have downloaded and installed nessecary modules, but error is xpaintclass ... (i dont't remember cause now i'm using xp) :(
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Aaron-A-Arts Sep 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
get xpaintclass and put it in your litestep folder, not the modules folder.. the root litestep folder
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:icondychy:
yeah, i put to modules folder and it's can't work probably, but now it's ok :D thanks very much
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Aaron-A-Arts Sep 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
=D you're welcome
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:iconunkq:
I have Found a Way To Fix All The Problems With only 20 seconds of playng with regedit ,then reebot and perfect working with no problems :))
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