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Windows 7: How to use themes modified and saved in XP, in Windows 7?


25 Sep 2013   #1

XP Home, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
How to use themes modified and saved in XP, in Windows 7?

I have a bunch of themes I designed in XP by modifying the Windows Classic theme in Properties > Appearance. How can I get them to work in Windows 7? The file extension is .theme. I tried putting them in C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes, but that didn't seem to work.

Thanks,
Ellen

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25 Sep 2013   #2

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Post one of your .theme files(in a zip folder) that you have saved from XP I remember doing something for someone else like this I just need to look at it first.

Jerry
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25 Sep 2013   #3

XP Home, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

OK, thanks. I can also give the font and wallpaper if you need them.


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26 Sep 2013   #4

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Put the .theme file in the zip folder below in C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes it should show up in Personalization as test, as for the font, cursors, sounds, wallpaper may have to be reset manually.
If it works out I'll explain how to make the changes. (the .theme file in XP is different from the .theme file in Windows 7 you can open them up with the notepad and see the difference. What I did was edited out the values under [Control Panel\Colors] use the XP values and put them in the Windows 7 .theme file)

Jerry


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26 Sep 2013   #5

XP Home, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks. That theme did show up. What is the next step?
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26 Sep 2013   #6

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The next step would be to change your background, cursors, sound and then save the theme.

If you have more XP themes that you want in Windows 7 use that test.theme I provided and changed the name where I have it highlighted in the screenshot below. Right-click on it and open with Notepad.
How to use themes modified and saved in XP, in Windows 7?-test.theme-notepad.png

In the test.theme delete everything under [Control Panel\Colors] and then copy and paste everything under [Control Panel\Colors] from the XP theme to the test.theme. And then save it.

Windows 7 .theme
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XP .theme
How to use themes modified and saved in XP, in Windows 7?-xp.png

Jerry


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26 Sep 2013   #7

XP Home, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks again. Right now I can't do anything more about the themes, as I do not yet have my own Windows 7 computer, so I can't really apply your suggestion until I have it. I had been hoping this process would be more automatic, and I could just pop in a theme to my husband's computer. Hopefully it will be clear when I get the computer; if not, I will post about this again.
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26 Sep 2013   #8

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You're Welcome

With XP being so different then 7 make it hard to do the whole theme.

Come back if you need more help.

Jerry
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