Put this EXACTLY as it is written here near the very top of your main header file --
#pragma comment(linker,"/manifestdependency:\"type='win32' name='Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls' " "version='126.96.36.199' processorArchitecture='*' publicKeyToken='6595b64144ccf1df' language='*'\"")
And notice that there is NOT a semicolon after it. The best thing to do is just copy and paste it in, right after your #include(s), if you have any other #include(s) in your main header file.
In fact, in your main header file you should
and then after that and any other includes, then paste in the manifest above.
Now, in your WinMain() function do this --
icex.dwSize = sizeof(INITCOMMONCONTROLSEX);
icex.dwICC = ICC_STANDARD_CLASSES | ICC_COOL_CLASSES;
Finally, you will have to add this library to your Linker | Input | Additional Dependencies --
Now your buttons will be XP style. In the last statement, i.e.,
icex.dwICC = etc.
you can use a number of different flags.
Look up INITCOMMONCONTROLSEX in MSDN.