My Windows 7 Theme Pack

My Windows 7 Theme Pack

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I've been running the Windows 7 beta for awhile now, and I'm in love! If you're relatively technical and want to take the new OS for a spin, the good news is that we've extended the beta download period until February 10, 2009. Once you have it installed, it's worth reading Tim Sneath's fantastic list of 30 Windows 7 secrets. I'm running Windows 7 on my Dell XPS desktop machine at home and on my Dell laptop at work. Even with the beta version, everything runs very smoothly and I feel a lot more productive. Plus, it's just a joy to use.

Windows 7 introduces theme packs, which are .cab files that contain all of the necessary assets to implement a theme, including sound files and images. You can find a bunch of theme packs on the Windows 7 site, and Paul Thurrott covers the basics and includes his own theme packs in his article, Windows 7 Feature Focus: Styles and Desktop Slide Shows.

As an experiment, I've created a theme pack based on my wallpaper images. It contains 20 hand-picked, nature-themed macro photos that I've taken over the years. The desktop images are configured to shuffle randomly every 30 minutes. Otherwise, the theme uses the default Windows 7 color and sound schemes.

As always, comments and feedback are welcome. Drop me a note if you decide to create your own.

Update on 2/24/2010: If you (or your browser) renames the file during download, it may not be recognized by Windows 7. Simply rename the downloaded file so that it ends with ".themepack", then double-click to install.

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  • This should be standard on every PC. It's now a standard on my desktop, at least. Fantastic photography, Mike.

  • Just wanted to take a moment to highlight Mike Swanson’s amazing theme pack for Windows 7. Mike is a

  • Thanks, Tim! I appreciate the kind words.

  • Wow! these are amazing shots Mike,

    Really shows off the way the Superbar picks up the underlying colors as well

    Thanks :)

    Will you be taking your camera to MIX for a Macro view of the conversation?

  • Hopefully by now you have Windows 7 beta 1 running on some machine and you have spotted Themes. Themes

  • Hopefully by now you have Windows 7 beta 1 running on one or more machines and you'll have spotted Themes.

  • Thanks Mike absolutely stunning pics, they should be a part of the final Win 7 release. Please make it so.

  • Mike, I'm downloading them now, they look great.  One tiny suggestion, would you be able to mention the size of the imagees, I'm needing to download before I can figure out whether they'll work on my 1920x1200 display.

    Thanks!

  • Great question, Harry. All of the images in this theme pack are 1920 x 1200, so you should be okay.

  • As mentioned in a recent post about My Windows 7 Theme Pack , I’ve been running Beta 1 (build 7000) for

  • Inspired by Mike Swanson’s post of his fantastic Windows 7 Theme Pack from a selection of his wallpaper images and the already available Windows 7 Theme packs I have jumped aboard and gone a step further than Long Zheng’s post...

  • Inspired by Mike Swanson’s post of his fantastic Windows 7 Theme Pack from a selection of his wallpaper images and the already available Windows 7 Theme packs I have jumped aboard and gone a step further than Long Zheng’s post...

  • This is fantastic. Thanks, Mike. How about "Dreamscene" for Win 7?

  • Great theme. I love it. Thank you!

  • Back in 2006 I paved (or "formatted", or "torched", or "gave " a technical

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