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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  • How can i open your themepack?

  • cool i like the pic sweet job here

  • hi pal,I've faced with a serious question! does it work on windows xp?! or it has designed for win 7 ????

  • Sorry, dave, but the theme was built by Windows 7 for Windows 7. Unfortunately, it won't work with older Windows versions. However, you can certainly download the wallpaper images and use them with any operating system.

  • Wow nuff said what HUGGGGGGGGGE THANKS MIKE

  • Hi.There..I downloaded your theme pack.I like flower.and I always use flowers on my desktop.I like it..Congratilations...:)

  • hey mike thts cool mann!! thanx a million anyway

  • Thanks very much MIKE !!!

    Great package !!!!

  • Great Theme, Joy to watch !!!

    Thanks a ton !

  • will old Vista based themes work on Windows 7?

  • Thanks Mike, i have bored with all available microsoft themes packs. I have download all since microsoft only create few.

  • If you read below on MSFT site, more will be release when W7 comes out next month.

  • thanks for the amazing windows themes for windows 7 mike very sweet and please keep them coming my friend well done

  • buddy it looks really gr8,,,,,,,,,,,,

    U R A Genius......

  • Thank you Mike,beautiful pictures.I love them very much.From China.

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