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Windows 7: Enable Hidden Themes


16 Apr 2009   #21

Windows XP
 
 

Depends on what you set it to; by default it's every 30 minutes.

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16 Apr 2009   #22

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechOutsider View Post
Depends on what you set it to; by default it's every 30 minutes.
Spot on after selecting the theme you wish to use, if you click 'Desktop Background' you can select how long between each image & wether or not to shuffle them.
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16 Apr 2009   #23

vista
 
 

where do the images go when you add the theme? and how can i add my own pics?
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16 Apr 2009   #24

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ollie007 View Post
where do the images go when you add the theme? and how can i add my own pics?
If you select 'Dekstop Background' you can browse for different wallpapers, for example, from your Pictures library. You can select multiple images & time between images, you can then choose to save the theme once you've clicked ok.

Your new theme will be saved in
c:\users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

Hope this helps
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16 Apr 2009   #25

vista
 
 

ok i give you rep
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16 Apr 2009   #26

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Where are the desktop backgrounds saved for the themes so they are listed with the theme? Do you know this Shark? I could look around but if you know......

Also thanks for the .Zip
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16 Apr 2009   #27

 
 

Appart from the 1s mention above, they are saved in

c:\windows\web\wallpaper

Hope this helps
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16 Apr 2009   #28

7600.20510 x86
 
 

+1 on rep dude. Good work with this, thanks.

Now MS should implement a way to have themes themselves rotated automatically per a user set amount of time. That would be awesome. It would take one of their developers or programmers no time at all to do this, I'm guessing.
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16 Apr 2009   #29
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Here are a few more themes you can download
Windows 7 beta: Personalize your PC - Microsoft Windows
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15 May 2009   #30

 
 
Hidden default Aero themes

I have located the registry key which controls which global themes are shown within 'Aero Themes'. If you right-click the desktop you only get 1 global theme based on your location (United Kingdom, South Africa, United States, Canada & Australia).

There is a very simple method with which to add all the above to the 'Aero Themes' section rather than as 'Installed Themes'. Just run regedit and navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\InstalledThemes\MCT

an add the following string values (edit->new->string value)

1, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-AU\Theme\AU.Theme
2, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-CA\Theme\CA.Theme
3, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-GB\Theme\GB.Theme
4, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-US\Theme\US.Theme
5, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme\ZA.Theme

(See Pic 1)

NOTE: 1 of these will already be listed in your registry, just add the 4 that aren't

Now, whenever you richt-click the desktop & Personalize, you will have the above listed themes showing as 'Aero Themes'. (See Pic 2)




Jeff


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