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Windows 7: Transfer old Windows Classic display theme to Windows 7 machine?

18 Oct 2012   #1

Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Transfer old Windows Classic display theme to Windows 7 machine?

I have been using a personally customized Windows Classic display theme for well over a decade on various Windows operating systems. It's in a file with the title My Preferred Display.Theme. Is there a folder in Windows 7 where I could put this theme file in order to access it from the Windows 7 display personalization area? I've tried using Personalize>Windows Classic but have not been able to configure the exact look I like.

Thanks!

Joan

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18 Oct 2012   #2

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Hi Joan. Don't know if this will help but it looks promising (he says with fingers crossed.) It involves creating something called a Windows 7 Themepack.

How to Create Your Own Windows 7 Theme
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18 Oct 2012   #3

Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, Marsmimar. I don't want to put together a new theme using disparate elements, I just want the them I have customized and saved and used on all my other Windows operating systems to function on the Windows 7 machine. I have placed the file in the two Themes folders (located in Windows>Resources>Themes and in the Themes file under AppData), but when I double-click to apply it, I get the message "This theme can't be applied to the desktop."

Why would Microsoft want to complicate a process that has been so straightforward in previous versions of Windows?
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18 Oct 2012   #4

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I am not sure if I can help but put your theme in a zip folder and post it here and I will look and see if it's possible.

Jerry
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18 Oct 2012   #5

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Thanks, Bongo. I'll try to attach the zip file. The file itself is only 6 KB. Please let me know if the file doesn't show up.

Joan


Attached Files
File Type: zip Slate Tahoma Modified.zip (1.4 KB, 9 views)
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18 Oct 2012   #6

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Your theme file is not setup for Windows 7, but I used your settings and and put them in a Windows 7 .theme file and tested it.
Does this look close to what you want(look at screenshot)?

Jerry
Transfer old Windows Classic display theme to Windows 7 machine?-capture.jpg


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19 Oct 2012   #7

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The screenshot looks absolutely beautiful, Bongo! What should I do now?

Sorry to be so slow in getting back to you. I spent the whole rest of the day and night yesterday out of town.
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19 Oct 2012   #8

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Download and extract the zip file at the bottom of this post and put the Slate Tahoma Modified.theme file in C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes folder.

It should show up in Personalization under Basic and High Contrast Themes.
Transfer old Windows Classic display theme to Windows 7 machine?-personalization.png

Let me know how it looks to you after you install it.
Jerry


Attached Files
File Type: zip Slate Tahoma Modified.zip (1.3 KB, 13 views)
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19 Oct 2012   #9

Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Oh my God, it looks fantastic, Jerry! Thank you so much--you are a miracle worker!

I'll click the Mark as Solved button.

Cheers,
Joan
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19 Oct 2012   #10

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You're welcome
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