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Windows 7: Windows 7 Packaged Themes

14 Jan 2009   #1
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows 7 Packaged Themes

In reference to Windows 7's "Personalize your PC" website is live - Vista Forums and Windows 7 beta: Personalize your PC, I was wondering if anyone knows of perhaps a hidden feature or command-line utility in Windows 7 that I could use to "pre-package" my themes that can be created in Windows 7 Personalize?

I'd like to be able to pre-set my desktop wallpaper slideshow, window colors, icons and screen saver, then package them for either backup purposes or upload to my personal website.

I know it can be done, because the Windows 7 BETA Personalize website provides pre-packaged themes for download. These download files use an extension of ".themepack".

How do I make these files?


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14 Jan 2009   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hi Peter,

Once you have your theme set the way you want it on your computer, then it's basically the same in the tutorial below to save it. Except that you would want to click on the drop down menu, in the Save window, and select .themepack instead of .theme.

Theme - Change or Save

This .themepack file can then be used as you are wanting them for. Click on it to have it available in Themes. Right click on it in Themes to delete it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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14 Jan 2009   #3
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hi Peter,

Once you have your theme set the way you want it on your computer, then it's basically the same in the tutorial below to save it. Except that you would want to click on the drop down menu, in the Save window, and select .themepack instead of .theme.

Theme - Change or Save

This .themepack file can then be used as you are wanting them for. Click on it to have it available in Themes. Right click on it in Themes to delete it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks Shawn, I'll give that a go this evening when I get home from work.

I'll say this about Windows 7 "WOW!" (No pun intended).

In the two days that I've had it running (it took me 35 hours to download), I've become the "go-to" guy for just about everyone here. Even my boss is nigling me for info. I think I'm thye only guys in the Greater Goldfields area to have gotten it!

They don't get anything until after I've made a very special post here that I'm working on...
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14 Jan 2009   #4
echrada

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Can't wait to see your post.
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14 Jan 2009   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hi Peter,

New tutorial created for what you want.

Theme Pack - Create, Save, Install, and Delete
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14 Jan 2009   #6
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hi Peter,

New tutorial created for what you want.

Theme Pack - Create, Save, Install, and Delete
I almost feel a bit embarrased for not catching that one myself. Then again, if I didn't ask about how to package the themes myself, who knows how long it would have taken for someone to find that little gem.

At least SevenForums can lay claim to being the first to show people how!

The only thing I'm worried about now are the plethora of themes that'll pop up on the 'net for people to use. Does anyone remember the Windows 98 Support Nightmare we all went through because people changed their themes using all manner of junk?

If you look into the plain .theme file (which can be opened in Notepad), it appears that you can also modify icons...
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15 Jan 2009   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Peter,

Oh yes. The .theme and .themepack files are almost the same, except that the .themepack contains the actual files with them where as a .theme only includes the paths.

If your interested, this link is full of details on themes. A bit technical, but interesting.

Creating and Installing Theme Files
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