Since there are major problems trying to run Microsoft CRM in a VMware session I have some spare time on my hands.
I've been looking at all kinds of articles related to Winform development and visual styling and found some interesting links. Maybe you'll find them interesting as well...
I took a look at a themed Windows XP style task bar on The Code Project. The author tries to make a XP style component without rendering all of the UI by hand. Using the already available DLL's from Windows, I think he succeeds very nicely.
In that article an utility is used, the ResBuilder. Very nice utility to add and modify your own resource files, but also very handy to look at the resource contect of other DLL's (and copy from them).
Understanding the things you see with the ResBuilder is hard at first, so you might want to read the FAQ on that one: UIFILEs. Bfarber is a nice site for all those interested in graphic design and creating your own windows logon screens.
Another nice article about XP-like styling is on Cool Client Stuff.
That's it for now.
If PLS isn't able to install MS CRM in VMware soon, you'll be hearing a lot more from me... ;-)