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Make WPF application look the same on all supported Windows versions

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Hi Folks,

I've been developing a WPF application for the past two years on an XP machine. It's mostly been used within my company where everyone else has been using XP, and I have gone to great lengths to make it look good. Now everyone is in the process of upgrading to Windows 7, and the application doesn't look so hot on Windows 7. A few subtle changes in the Windows 7 theme make custom visual changes I introduced on XP look like an eye sore. We are letting some beta customers use this software now, and we plan to distribute more broadly in the future, so I need to make sure the application looks good on any OS that WPF supports. I would be perfectly happy with having the application looking identical on XP, Vista, and W7. I thought I could achieve this by adding the following to my App.xaml file:

  <ResourceDictionary Source="/PresentationFramework.Luna;component/themes/Luna.NormalColor.xaml" />
I tried this, and nothing changed when running the application in Windows 7. Does anyone know how to solve this? I would be most interested in a solution that does not involve any per-OS customization (a per-OS switch statement in one place in my App file might be acceptable). I simply don't have

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