Official Windows 7 Infiniti Theme Download

To celebrate the release of Windows 7 on October 22, Microsoft also introduced many new themes to Windows 7 users. There are two main categories: Featured themes and International Themes. Some have made their appearance before, but many are Brand new.
One of these are Infiniti theme made by Infiniti and Microsoft together. It Features 6 Exclusive wallpaper set of Infiniti cars.
 Click Here To Download All 34 new theme Microsoft released 22 October.
And Here You Find Some gorgeous 3rd party themes exclusively for your Windows 7.

Official Windows 7 Porsche Theme Download

To celebrate the release of Windows 7 on October 22, Microsoft also introduced many new themes for Windows 7 users. There are two main categories: Featured themes and International Themes. Some have made their appearance before, but many are Brand new.
One of these are Porsche theme made by Porsche and Microsoft together. Windows 7 Porsche theme features 6 exclusive wallpaper set of Porsche cars.

Things You Must Know Before Installing Theme:
1.Many 3rd party themes are not installed properly if you dont patch your uxtheme file.Because the GUI of any themes are dependent on these file.typically it doesn't allow user to rewrite windows's original data.So Click Here to download 1 click Utility tools to patch your uxtheme file.
2.Always create a restore point for critical visual themes in order to protect your system.
Or Check This Post--
Exclusive Theme Collection For Your Windows 7 PC:

You can download all the best Windows xp free themes from HERE
Windows Vista Theme Download FROM HERE

Official Windows 7 Ducati Theme Download

To celebrate the release of Windows 7 on October 22, Microsoft also introduced many new themes to Windows 7 users. There are two main categories: Featured themes and International Themes. Some have made their appearance before, but many are Brand new for Windows.
One of these are Windows 7 Ducati theme made by Ducati and Microsoft together.It Features 7 Exclusive wallpaper set of Ducati.

Things You Must Know Before Installing Theme:
1.Many 3rd party themes are not installed properly if you dont patch your uxtheme file.Because the GUI of any themes are dependent on these file.typically it doesn't allow user to rewrite windows's original data.So Click Here to download 1 click Utility tools to patch your uxtheme file.
2.Always create a restore point for critical visual themes in order to protect your system.
Or Check This Post--
Exclusive Theme Collection For Your Windows 7 PC:

You can download all the best Windows xp free themes from HERE
Windows Vista Theme Download FROM HERE

Official Windows 7 Ferrari Theme Download

To celebrate the release of Windows 7 on October 22, Microsoft also introduced many new themes. There are two main categories: Featured themes and International Themes. Some have made their appearance before, but many are Brand new.
One of these are Ferrari theme made by Ferrari and Microsoft together.It Features 9 Exclusive wallpaper set of Ferrari cars.

Things You Must Know Before Installing Theme:
1.Many 3rd party themes are not installed properly if you dont patch your uxtheme file.Because the GUI of any themes are dependent on these file.typically it doesn't allow user to rewrite windows's original data.So Click Here to download 1 click Utility tools to patch your uxtheme file.
2.Always create a restore point for critical visual themes in order to protect your system.
Or Check This Post--
Exclusive Theme Collection For Your Windows 7 PC:

You can download all the best Windows xp free themes from HERE
Windows Vista Theme Download FROM HERE

Microsoft Launches Windows 7

The launch event for Windows 7 has just finished in New York and it’s been on a much smaller scale than previous launches. This time there was no huge stage and no big screen presentations, no rock band and no multiple speakers. Not even the customary long list of thanking the development team.

The one hour event is also shorter than previous launch events. The Vista launch was one hour, the same as this but the XP launch was a full two hour show.
Mainly this was entirely a consumer-focused event. There were no mentions of business at all. The other is the very first thing they showed off was Live Movie Maker, part of the Live Essentials Suite that doesn’t ship with Windows 7, but is instead an optional download.
This demonstrates that Microsoft clearly see Live Essentials as an important part of Windows 7. It should be, even though it’s not bundled.

One thing that really jumped out was the demonstration of Play to, this feature allows you stream media content, music, video and pictures from your Windows 7 PC to compatible devices around your home. They showed off a Dell laptop streaming 16 simultaneous video, photo and music streams, including some Hi-Def video. It was a very impressive spectacle.
With the exception of some digital media and multi-touch displays, the event itself was light on content about the operating system. There was no talk about security, stability, compatibility or aero features like snap or shake. Microsoft were clearly determined to use just a few features to wow the crowd.
Microsoft is hoping the successor to Vista will be more of a hit with users when it launches on 22 October.
Many of the features take into account multimedia applications and the fact that users are beginning to store their data on the internet.
In the UK some computer stores are due to open at midnight so keen PC users can get their hands on the software.
Microsoft is encouraging people to hold Windows 7 launch parties and has gone as far as to prepare party packs for those willing to get their friends together to mark the release.

Low key
Rick Munday from computer manufacturer Medion on touch screen features
PC World said it would open its flagship store on London's Tottenham Court Road at midnight on 21 October to sell the operating system.
Tech support staff will be on hand to answer queries about installing the software.
Despite this, the launch of Windows 7 is likely to be a low key event compared to launches of earlier incarnations of Windows. In the past Microsoft has called on the Rolling Stones and comedian Jerry Seinfeld to help launch its new operating system.
The formal launch will take place over several days in New York at a series of events that will see appearances by Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer and other senior executives. Many PC firms are expected to unveil Windows 7 machines on launch day.

Microsoft has partnered with Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, to produce a Windows 7 themed TV show that will air on 8 November.
The launch of Windows 7 also coincides with the opening of the first Microsoft retail store in Scottsdale Arizona that will showcase and sell Microsoft compatible goods. A second store is planned for a mall in Mission Viejo, California.

Microsoft Chief Steve Ballmer interviewed about Windows 7

The BBC has today put on their website a 5 minute video interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
In the interview he takes questions from BBC viewers about Windows 7 including upgrading from XP and the problems with Vista.
On the BBC website they say…
Microsoft’s annual results for the past year are expected to show a decline, despite the small rise in PC sales which will have helped revenues from Office and Windows.
But the software giant is hoping the launch of Windows 7 will override all other news – and help it repair some of the damage caused by the Vista backlash.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer met Michelle Fleury to answer questions from BBC viewers.

You can watch the video here
Original News Source:Windows7news

34 New Official Windows 7 Themes Released

To celebrate the release of Windows 7 on October 22, Microsoft also introduced many new themes for Windows 7 users. There are two main categories: Featured themes and International Themes. Some have made their appearance before, but many are Brand new.
Once you select the theme, you can save it locally or install it. After a few seconds it will automatically appear on your personalized theme collection, and it will appear on your desktop. The default time setting is 30 minutes.
These Windows 7 themes provide a variety of subjects, some cartoon based, movie based, automobiles, and many countries.
International Themes:
To Download More Exclusive Windows 7 Theme CLICK HERE

Best Windows Vista Theme Download

After Providing so many nice themes for Windows XP and Windows 7 this time bring i some themes for your Windows Vista. Previously i give only Windows 7 Transformation Themes for vista but this time again these themes are top class and rated very high all over the net. I collect these top windows vista desktop themes and give you the best links only. Hope you like it.

How To Install Windows 7 From Hard Disk

In a earlier post i wrote the method of installing Windows Operating System From USB Drive.But if you face such a situation that you have no dvd drive or big enough pen drive to copy Windows 7 then?That to Do?
Then The only way to install Windows 7 is using your Hard drive.But yes obviously before that you must have an iso copy of Windows 7 installation disk.Here are the steps that are required to install Windows 7 from a hard drive.
1. Get the Windows 7 ISO image to the hard drive: If the Windows 7 is already on the hard drive of the computer system then skip this step. There are a few ways how to get the iso image of Windows 7 on the hard drive. Users can download it if it is available online, move it to the other computer over a network connection or use a packer to create multiple smaller archives that can be put on smaller USB drives to transfer and extract the ISO image of Windows 7 on the target computer system.
2. The only software that is needed to install Windows 7 from hard drive is a software to mount the ISO image on the other computer system. Possible programs are Daemon Tools, Magic Disk or Virtual Clone Drive to name a few.

3. Just execute the setup of the now mounted Windows 7 installation DVD to start the installation of the operating system. Windows will copy all files to the hard drive so that they can be accessed from there even after the restart of the system.

Windows 7 Developer Training Kit

The Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos designed to help you learn how to build applications that are compatible with and shine on Windows 7.
Overview
The Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is based on Windows 7 RTM and it is designed to help you learn how to build applications that are compatible with and shine on Windows 7 by utilizing key Windows 7 features such as:
*Taskbar
*Libraries
*Multi Touch
*Sensors and Location
*Ribbon
*Trigger Start Services
*Instrumentation and ETW
*Application Compatability
And Application Compatibility topics such as:
*Version Checking
*UAC Data Redirection
*Session 0 Isolation
*Installer Detection
*User Interface Privilege Isolation
*High DPI

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7
Windows 7
Windows 7SDK
Visual Studio 2008
Windows Code Pack API for .NET Framework
Download
File Details
File Name: Windows7TrainingKit.Setup.exe
Version: 1.0.1
Date Published: 8/6/2009
Language: English
Download Size: 66.7 MB
Instructions
Download and launch the self-extracting package. The Training Kit will uncompress to the selected folder and launch a HTML browser for the content.

Additional Information
This kit was developed by Microsoft Developer & Platform Evangelism group together with Sela Software Labs
Source:Microsoft

How To Install Windows 7 In Your PC?

Windows 7 Final version release is only few days away.So you people may be worried that how you can install this brand new operating system.So this post is for the beginner who wish to install Windows 7 in their PC.And please ask me anything if you face any problems during installation.I Write a lot of things about windows 7, now i think this is the perfect time to give you some idea about its installation.

There are three methods or ways of installation:
1. You can install a clean copy of Windows 7 by formatting your present windows drive.
2. You can upgrade from your old Windows XP or Vista by keeping all the previous file and folders.
3. You can install windows 7 beside of xp or vista by using dual boot system.

But it is always adviced to install a clean copy of New Windows Version.Dual Boot is also fine but upgrading from old Windows Xp or Vista seems unwise to do.There are some reason behind this:
1. Clean installations will always run faster and more efficient than an upgrade.
2. It is usually quicker to clean install than to upgrade.Upgrading takes more than hour to finish where clean install takes around 25 minutes.
3. Upgrades can be quite buggy, because there are more issues that can arise.
4. A clean install allows you to begin with a clean slate, chosing to reinstall only the programs which are necessary.
5. It’s usually not a bad idea to format the hard drive every so often anyhow.

Now i describe the procedure to install Windows 7 to your PC. The overall process is exactly same for desktop, laptop or netbook.

At First Backup Your Old Files
One of the most frustrating things when installing a new OS is to do so and then afterwards, realize that you have deleted files without a backup. For that reason, the first step in moving from XP or Vista to Windows 7 will be to backup all of your personal files (Videos, Documents, Pictures, Music…). Programs will need to be re-installed, so you will want to make sure that you have any manufacturer’s disc for these programs. Once you have everything backed up, you will begin by placing the Windows 7 disc into your disc drive.

Then Boot From Windows 7 Installation Disk
To do a clean install of Windows, we will need the computer to avoid loading the current version of Windows and first look to the disc drive, where the Windows 7 disc is located. In order to achieve this, we will need to enter the BIOS setup. When the computer initially begins to boot you will need to look for which key it is that needs to be pressed to enter the BIOS setup. Look at the screen for a message similar to this: Press F2 for Setup or Press Delete to Enter Setup. (For more help entering the BIOS setup, click here.) Once the correct key is pressed, you will be taken to the BIOS setup. (Every manufacturer’s BIOS setup varies a little, so you may want to consult their website or manual to assist with this step) You will then want to look for an option for the Boot Priority or Boot Order. The Boot Order tells the computer which devices it is to boot first, then second and so on. We want the disc drive that contains the Windows 7 disc to be the first option in the boot order. Once this is the case, you can save and exit the BIOS setup. (It is usually the F10 or F7 key to save and exit. It should say which one at the top or bottom of the screen).


Now Work With 7 Installation Procedure
If you have made it to this point, everything else is fairly simple. It will be a matter of following the on-screen instructions. With the correct boot sequence selected, the computer should start Windows 7 setup from the disc (if you see the windows loading screen instead of the Windows 7 installation screen, the boot sequence is not set to boot from the Windows 7 disc, repeat the previous step). To continue, select which language for the install and click Next.

Click on the Install Now to begin the installation process.

Check the box that’s marked I accept the license terms and click the Next button (after thoroughly reading the terms, of course if you have time to do!).

On the next screen, click the Custom (Advanced) option

Select the hard drive or partition that you want to install Windows 7 on and click on the Drive Options (advanced) link. With the correct drive or partition still selected, click on the Format button to erase the previous version of Windows from the selected hard drive and then click the Next button.

The installation should begin automatically and the setup should proceed by itself. The screen will turn on and off and the computer will restart itself during setup, this is normal.It takes usually 10-15 minutes depending on your system hardware. But it is unwise to think that your superfast PC gives you faster speed of installation.

Once the installation process completes, you will chose a username and password (password is optional) and click Next.


On the next screen, you will be prompted for the Windows Product key, enter it and click Next.

The next three screens will be personal options for Security settings, Time zone and Date settings and Setting up your home network.

Once finished with the personal settings, the computer will prepare itself to start and you will be taken to the desktop. You will want to run Windows Update from the Programs menu to update any drivers that may not be working correctly.

At first, for a new user, clean-installing a new OS can be a little daunting, but once you get past the boot sequence it’s as simple as following the on-screen instructions and moving from page to page. There are no DOS-like screens anymore, so any user that feels comfortable pointing and clicking their way on a Windows machine should be just fine performing a clean install of Windows 7.

Dual Boot Windows 7 And Windows XP/Vista

Windows 7 is at the door now and i am sure you people just wrote my post about how to install windows 7.Though Windos 7 is stable enough to use as your primary OS but i am sure some of you want to use Xp or Vista same time.So this post is for you who wishes to use a dual OS system.

If you have a big enough Hard Drive, then you can create a new disk partition to install Windows 7, so that when you start your machine you will be given the option of choosing Windows 7 or your older XP or Vista. This is also a way to ensure you don’t delete any old files until you are sure Windows 7 is working fully.
 At first i assume that you have fully functioned Windows 7 XP or Vista PC.Then to install Windows 7 Just read the following procedure and try it.Its easy i promise.
To create a New Disk Partition to Dual Boot Windows 7:
* Open Control Panel and go to Administrative Tools and then Computer Management
* Click on Disk Management (under Storage). In order to install Windows 7 you need to shrink one of your existing disk partitions to make room for Windows 7.Recommend free space for Windows 7 is at least 40GB.
* Right-click on your biggest partition and click on Shrink Volume. In the popup window enter the amount you want to shrink the disk by in the ‘Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB’. Remember 1GB is roughly 1000MB, so enter 40000 if you want to create a 40GB partition
* After you’ve done this, ‘Unallocated’ space will appear in Computer Management. Right-click on this space and select ‘New Simple Volume’. this will create your new partition
* To install Windows 7 to your new partition just boot your PC with the Windows 7 installation disk, and install it to the new partition.
* Once finished, when you boot your PC you will be given a choice of which OS to boot into
If in the future you want to delete one of the OSs, just follow the instructions above, but in Computer Management delete the unwanted partition and then right click on an existing partition and choose Extend Volume to add the freed up space.

Windows 7 Boots Slower Than Windows Vista?

According to a study carried out by IOlO technologies ( a company who sell pc tune up software ), Windows 7 takes longer to boot than its predecessor Windows Vista. IOlO’s lab unit found that Windows 7 takes 1 minute 34 seconds to boot compared to the 1 minute 6 seconds it takes Windows Vista.
IOlO noted that they didn’t stop the timer when the desktop appeared, but rather when the CPU cycles were low and a true idle state was achieved. They say that Windows 7 can take as little as 40 seconds to reach the desktop on a fresh install, but say the OS isn’t fully loaded until CPU cycles have decreased and that’s why Windows 7 “appears” to boot faster than Windows Vista.
 IOlO also claim that similar to Vista, Windows 7’s performance degrades over time. After several commonly used programs were installed, they found that the boot time increased to 2 minutes 34 seconds. However they did say that Windows 7 did perform better than Windows Vista at the 3 and 6 month marks.
According to tests carried out by PC World, they found that Windows 7 32 bit did take longer than Windows Vista but the 64 bit of Windows 7 was faster than Vista. However the boot times for Windows Vista and Windows 7 were much lower than IOlO’s. Only 39.6 seconds for Vista and 43.6 seconds for Windows 7, but they found that on different machines, Windows 7 was in some cases faster. So it really seems to depend on your hardware.
Ina Freid of Cnet acknowledged that fact that Windows 7 has an excellent sleep mode. She finds herself rarely doing a full reboot and instead goes in and out of sleep mode, which has been greatly improved in Windows 7. I find myself doing the same, I would turn my laptop on in the morning and I would be in and out of sleep mode as I need it.
But many people disagree with IOlO’s findings on Windows 7 boot times.Mr Robert of windows 7 news wrote-
Firstly- On my laptop – A Toshiba Qosmio F50-10z, Core 2 Duo P8400 with 4GB Ram, I boot Windows 7 RC1 32 bit, in 1 minute and 20-30 seconds. I have been using Windows 7 RC1 since August and have loads of programs installed and I see nothing like the boot times claimed by IOlO.
Secondly- Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit takes about 2 minutes to show my desktop and 3 minutes before side bar widgets are displayed and my computer is useable. Whats more I have far fewer amount of programs installed as I hardly ever use Vista compared to Windows 7.
Thirdly- Once the desktop appears, Windows 7 is ready to go within 5-10 seconds. It is fully responsive, Aero effects working and all programs load just as they should. Windows Vista on the other hand is still loading for at least another minute before its usable.

The study by IOlO didn’t stop the timer until the CPU was idle. The thing with Windows 7 is, it’s intelligent. It will load essential and basic process first that are required to run the computer. It will then load the remaining unessential processes once the demand on the CPU has decreased. This is why the CPU would still appear to be rather busy after the desktop is displayed. But in fact, what i’ve found is that the computer is perfectly usable, and fully responsive after a couple of seconds once the desktop appears ( Generally once I see my widgets ).
As  mentioned earlier, the study from PC World shows that it really does depend on your hardware. But if these results from IOlO appear to be consistent, it could be bad news for Microsoft as Windows 7 is being marketed for doing simple things like start up and shut down better than Windows Vista.

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How To Create Themes For Windows

**For Advanced User Only**
This article is written by microsoft.I just copy it for toy.Hope this will help you to make your own theme.
This document discusses the format of Theme (.theme) files used in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. A .theme file is a .ini text file that is divided into sections, which specify visual elements that appear on a Microsoft Windows desktop. Section names are wrapped in brackets ([]) in the .ini file.
Windows 7 supports new features including the Desktop Background Slide Show. Unrecognized sections of .theme files are ignored by previous versions of the operating system. A new file format, .themepack, has also been introduced with Windows 7 to help users share themes. Themes can be selected in the Personalization Control Panel only in Windows 7 Home Premium or higher, or only on Windows Server 2008 R2 when the Desktop component is installed.
The following topics are discussed in this article.
  • Creating a Theme File
  • Description of a Theme File



    • [Theme] Section
    • [Control Panel\Colors] Section
    • [Control Panel\Cursors] Section
    • [Control Panel\Desktop] Section
    • [Slideshow] Section
    • [Metrics] Section
    • [Visual Styles] Section
    • [Sounds] and [AppEvents] Sections (Sounds)
    • [Boot] Section
    • [MasterThemeSelector] Section


  • Example of a Theme File
  • Installing Theme Files
  • Theme Packs

Creating a Theme File 

A .theme file enables you to change the appearance of certain desktop elements. You can create or modify a .theme file in two ways:

  • Modify personalization or display settings in Control Panel and save the settings as a .theme file. See your Windows Help for instructions.
  • Create a .theme file manually for a greater level of control over the details of your theme.
To make your theme available to other users, you must supply your .theme file, as well as the background picture, screen saver, and icons files. You can do this with a theme pack.

Description of a Theme File

Theme files have a number of required and optional sections. The following describe the sections of .theme files and provide examples of how to specify changes for the different elements.

[Theme] Section

Note  This section is optional. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, the system uses default settings.
The [Theme] section identifies the name of your custom theme and specifies your theme's brand logo and desktop icons.
The first part of the [Theme] section contains the following two elements:
Element
Description
DisplayName=name
or
DisplayName=@module,-stringId
example: DisplayName=@themeui.dll,-2013
DisplayName is the theme name that will show up in the Personalization Control Panel. It can be a string or a reference to a localized name.
This field is optional. If it is missing, the theme filename is used as the theme name.
BrandImage=path to image
example: BrandImage=c:\Fabrikam\brand.png
Windows 7
BrandImage specifies the path to a branded graphic file that is incorporated in the theme preview in the Personalization Control Panel.
The icon graphic must be a PNG file. The graphic is scaled to 80x240 pixels, so it is recommended that you provide an image of that size. The Theme gallery respects the transparent regions of your brand icon.
This field is optional. If it is missing, no logo is displayed as the theme icon.
The rest of the [Theme] section specifies custom icons for desktop features like Computer, My Documents, Network, and Recycle Bin. If you do not specify custom desktop icons, the desktop displays the system default desktop icons.
The following are two examples of how a .theme file sets the Computer icon.



[CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon]
DefaultValue=%ProgramFiles%\Fabrikam\Computer.ico



; Computer
[CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon]
DefaultValue=%ProgramFiles%\Fabrikam\MyApp.exe,0
The following are values for the default desktop icons in Windows 7.


; Computer
[CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon]
DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-109

; Documents
[CLSID\{59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE}\DefaultIcon]
DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,-235

; Network
[CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}\DefaultIcon]
DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-25

; Recycle Bin
[CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\DefaultIcon]
Full=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-54
Empty=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-55

[Control Panel\Colors] Section

Note  This section is optional. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, the system uses default settings. If your theme uses the Aero visual style, you should avoid overriding the default values in this section.
The color of elements, such as scrollbars, text, and buttons, are customizable. The .theme file specifies the RGB values to change for these elements. The values override the default values of the visual style and are used when your theme is based on Windows Classic, Windows 7 Basic, or High Contrast themes.
Following is an example of how colors are set.



[Control Panel\Colors]
ActiveTitle=10 36 106
Background=166 202 240
Hilight=10 36 106
HilightText=255 255 255
TitleText=255 255 255
Window=255 255 255
WindowText=0 0 0
Scrollbar=212 208 200
InactiveTitle=128 128 128
Menu=212 208 200
WindowFrame=0 0 0
MenuText=0 0 0
ActiveBorder=212 208 200
InactiveBorder=212 208 200
AppWorkspace=128 128 128
ButtonFace=212 208 200
ButtonShadow=128 128 128
GrayText=128 128 128
ButtonText=0 0 0
InactiveTitleText=212 208 200
ButtonHilight=255 255 255
ButtonDkShadow=64 64 64
ButtonLight=212 208 200
InfoText=0 0 0
InfoWindow=255 255 225
GradientActiveTitle=166 202 240
GradientInactiveTitle=192 192 192

[Control Panel\Cursors] Section

Note  This section is optional. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, the system uses default cursors.
A theme can also change the appearance of cursors. To do so, you create .cur files to replace the default Windows cursors. The following example is from a .theme file that defines the cursors for a theme called Sports.



[Control Panel\Cursors]
Arrow=%SystemRoot%\sports_arrow.cur
Help=%SystemRoot%\sports_help.cur
AppStarting=%SystemRoot%\sports_wait.ani
Wait=%SystemRoot%\sports_busy.ani
NWPen=%SystemRoot%\sports_pen.cur
No=%SystemRoot%\sports_no.cur
SizeNS=%SystemRoot%\sports_size_ns.cur
SizeWE=%SystemRoot%\sports_size_we.cur
Crosshair=%SystemRoot%\sports_cross.cur
IBeam=%SystemRoot%\sports_beam.cur
SizeNWSE=%SystemRoot%\sports_size_nwse.cur
SizeNESW=%SystemRoot%\sports_size_nesw.cur
SizeAll=%SystemRoot%\sports_move.cur
UpArrow=%SystemRoot%\sports_up.cur
DefaultValue=Windows default

[Control Panel\Desktop] Section

Note  This section is required. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, the system ignores your Theme and does not display the Theme in Control Panel.
You can create a custom desktop background and specify a path to the image file. The following example shows how to modify the desktop appearance.



[Control Panel\Desktop]
Wallpaper=%WinDir%\web\wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
; The path to the wallpaper picture can point to a 
; .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, or .tif file.

TileWallpaper=0
; 0: The wallpaper picture should not be tiled 
; 1: The wallpaper picture should be tiled 

WallpaperStyle=2
; 0:  The image is centered if TileWallpaper=0 or tiled if TileWallpaper=1
; 2:  The image is stretched to fill the screen
; 6:  The image is resized to fit the screen while maintaining the aspect 
      ratio. (Windows 7 and later)
; 10: The image is resized and cropped to fill the screen while maintaining 
      the aspect ratio. (Windows 7 and later)

[Slideshow] Section

Windows 7 and later.
Note  This section is optional. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, the system uses the desktop background image specified in the [Control Panel\Desktop] section. If you include this section, you must specify slide show settings here.
Your theme's background can be a slide show either of images stored locally or of images served by an RSS feed. The [Slideshow] section of the file contains the following attributes:
Attribute
Description
Interval=number of milliseconds
Required. Interval is a number that determines how often the background changes. It is measured in milliseconds.
Shuffle=0 or 1
Required. Shuffle identifies whether the background shuffles.
0 = Disabled
1 = Enabled
RSSFeed=URL to RSS feed
Required if ImagesRootPath is not specified. RSSFeed specifies an RSS feed to use as the background slide show. For the feed to work, you need to reference high-resolution images adhering to the "enclosures" standard used by the Windows RSS Platform. Because of this limitation, .theme files that include an RSS feed must be created manually.
Note  You cannot specify both an RSSFeed and ImagesRootPath.
ImagesRootPath=path to image folder
Required if RSSFeed is not specified. ImagesRootPath specifies a path to a set of images you want to use as the background slide show. Images in subfolders are not included in the slide show.
ImagesRootPath supports Environment Variable substitutions in the path.
Note  You cannot specify both an RSSFeed and ImagesRootPath.
ItemNPath=path(s) to specific image(s)
For use with ImagesRootPath. ItemNPath specifies paths to specific images, so that you can limit the slide show to particular images instead of all images in a folder. If no paths are specified, all images in the ImagesRootPath path are used in the slide show, including images added after creating and installing the theme.
ItemNPath supports Environment Variable substitutions in the path. N is 0, 1, 2, and so on.

The following examples show how a .theme file specifies the slide show to include a set of images stored locally.



[Slideshow]
Interval=1800000
Shuffle=1
ImagesRootPath=%SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper 
 

[Slideshow]
Interval=1800000
Shuffle=1
ImagesRootPath=%ProgramFiles%\fabrikam\wallpaper
Item0Path=%ProgramFiles%\fabrikam\wallpaper\ocean.jpg
Item1Path=%ProgramFiles%\fabrikam\wallpaper\mountain.jpg
Item2Path=%ProgramFiles%\fabrikam\wallpaper\river.jpg
The following example is a template for a .theme file that creates a desktop background slide show using images from an RSS feed. Follow these steps to customize the template:
  1. Copy the following example and paste it into a text editor.
  2. Replace {themename} with the name you want to appear in the Personalization Control Panel themes gallery.
  3. Replace {rssfeedurl} with the full path to a compatible RSS feed.
  4. Save the changes as a file with the ".theme" extension.
[Theme]
DisplayName={themename}

[Slideshow]
Interval=1800000
Shuffle=1
RssFeed={rssfeedurl}

[Control Panel\Desktop]
TileWallpaper=0
WallpaperStyle=10
Pattern=

[Control Panel\Cursors]
AppStarting=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_working.ani
Arrow=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_arrow.cur
Crosshair=
Hand=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_link.cur
Help=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_helpsel.cur
IBeam=
No=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_unavail.cur
NWPen=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_pen.cur
SizeAll=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_move.cur
SizeNESW=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_nesw.cur
SizeNS=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_ns.cur
SizeNWSE=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_nwse.cur
SizeWE=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_ew.cur
UpArrow=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_up.cur
Wait=%SystemRoot%\cursors\aero_busy.ani
DefaultValue=Windows Aero
Link=

[VisualStyles]
Path=%SystemRoot%\resources\themes\Aero\Aero.msstyles
ColorStyle=NormalColor
Size=NormalSize
ColorizationColor=0X6B74B8FC
Transparency=1

[MasterThemeSelector]
MTSM=DABJDKT

[Metrics] Section

Note  This section is optional. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, the system uses default visual style settings.
You can specify system metrics in a .theme file. System metrics are the dimensions of various display elements, such as the window border width, icon height, or scrollbar width. The NonclientMetrics and IconMetrics values are binary structures defined by NONCLIENTMETRICS and ICONMETRICS in winuser.h. Following is an example of how to change system metrics.



[Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]

[Metrics]
IconMetrics=76 0 0 0 139 0 0 0 139 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 245
255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 84 97 104 111 109 97 0 119 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 216
31 7 0 28 52 1 1 216 31 7 0 176 36 1 1 
NonclientMetrics=84 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 18
0 0 0 18 0 0 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
188 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 84 97 104 111 109 97 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
15 0 0 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 188 2
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 84 97 104 111 109 97 0 0 80 37 11
0 0 0 0 0 140 221 6 0 227 115 247 119 2 40 11 0 7 0 0
0 18 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 84 97 104 111 109 97 0
0 0 0 0 0 60 222 6 0 50 71 252 119 120 1 7 0 76 73 252
119 8 6 7 0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
144 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 84 97 104 111 109 97 0 119 0
0 7 0 120 1 7 0 120 1 7 0 40 37 11 0 120 1 7 0 120 1 7
0 245 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 84 97 104 111 109 97 0 0 92 1 0 0 136 4
0 0 40 37 1 1 0 0 7 0 184 221 6 0 46 75 232 119 

[Visual Styles] Section

Note  This section is required. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, the system ignores your Theme and does not display the Theme in Control Panel.
You can supply specific information concerning the size and color of desktop elements in .mstheme files. The color and size sections of .theme files can be replaced by .mstheme files which enable you to modify desktop elements in more detail. These files are specified in the visual styles section of a .theme file. Following is an example of a visual styles section.



[VisualStyles]
Path=%ResourceDir%\Themes\Aero\Aero.msstyles
ColorStyle=NormalColor
Size=NormalSize
Adding a Path element to a .msstyles file is optional. If you supply a path, you should remove the metrics and color sections from the .theme file. When these sections are removed, the colors, fonts, and sizes for a theme come from the .msstyles file and match the .msstyles author's intent. Failing to remove the metric and color sections can cause Windows or applications to have drawing problems.
Windows Vista / Windows 7: When the path points to Aero.msstyles, you can specify the desired Glass Color, as shown in the following example.
Windows 7: When the path points to Aero.msstyles, you can also specify the desired Transparency value, as shown in the following example.



[VisualStyles]
Path=%SystemRoot%\resources\Themes\Aero\Aero.msstyles
ColorStyle=NormalColor
Size=NormalSize
ColorizationColor=0X7298844C
Transparency=1
If the ColorizationColor and Transparency values exactly match a system color, the Personalization Control Panel displays the system name for the color. Otherwise, the color is labeled "Custom."
The following shows a VisualStyles section for the Windows 7 Basic theme.



[VisualStyles]
Path=%ResourceDir%\Themes\Aero\Aero.msstyles
Composition=0
ColorStyle=NormalColor
Size=NormalSize
ColorizationColor=0x6B74B8FC
Transparency=1
The following shows a VisualStyles section for the Windows Classic theme.

[VisualStyles]
Path=
ColorStyle=@themeui.dll,-854
Size=@themeui.dll,-2019
Transparency=0
The following shows a VisualStyles section for a High Contrast Black theme.

[VisualStyles]
Path=
ColorStyle=@themeui.dll,-852
Size=@themeui.dll,-2019
Transparency=0

[Sounds] and [AppEvents] Sections (Sounds)

Note  This section is optional. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, the system uses default sound settings.
The user can select the Sounds icon in Control Panel to associate sounds with events that occur in applications. For example, a .wav file can play when an application is opened. A .theme file can specify .wav files to replace the default ones. The following example shows how to do this.
[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemExclamation]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\chord.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemExit]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\tada.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemHand]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\chord.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemQuestion]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\chord.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemStart]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\The Microsoft Sound.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\Explorer\EmptyRecycleBin]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\ding.wav
Windows 7 and later: A sound scheme name can be specified instead of listing each sound separately.

[Sounds]
; "Quirky" sound scheme
SchemeName=@%SystemRoot%\System32\mmres.dll,-819
The SchemeName value specifies the sound scheme name or the localized sound scheme name, as shown in the example above.

[Boot] Section

Note  This section is optional. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, no screen saver is used.
In the .theme file, you can specify the screen saver for Windows to use. The following example shows this.

[boot]
SCRNSAVE.EXE=%WinDir%\System32\bubbles.scr

[MasterThemeSelector] Section

Note  This section is required. If you do not include this section in your .theme file, the system ignores your Theme and does not display the Theme in Control Panel.
The master theme selector section of the .theme file should always be included as a tag that indicates the file is valid. You do not have a choice of values for this parameter. The following shows this.

[MasterThemeSelector]
MTSM=DABJDKT

Example of a Theme File

The following example shows a complete .theme file.

[Theme]
DisplayName=My Current Theme
BrandImage=c:\Fabrikam\brand.png

; Computer
[CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon]
DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-109

; Documents
[CLSID\{59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE}\DefaultIcon]
DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,-235

; Network
[CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}\DefaultIcon]
DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-25

; Recycle Bin
[CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\DefaultIcon]
Full=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-54
Empty=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-55

[Control Panel\Cursors]
Arrow=
Help=
AppStarting=
Wait=
NWPen=
No=
SizeNS=
SizeWE=
Crosshair=
IBeam=
SizeNWSE=
SizeNESW=
SizeAll=
UpArrow=
DefaultValue=Windows default

[Control Panel\Desktop]
Wallpaper=%ProgramFiles%\fabrikam\wallpaper\ocean.jpg
TileWallpaper=0
WallpaperStyle=2
Pattern=
ScreenSaveActive=0

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\.Default]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\ding.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\AppGPFault]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\Maximize]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\MenuCommand]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\MenuPopup]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\Minimize]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\Open]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\RestoreDown]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\RestoreUp]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\RingIn]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\Ringout]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemAsterisk]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\chord.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemDefault]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemExclamation]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\chord.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemExit]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemHand]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\chord.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemQuestion]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\chord.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\SystemStart]
DefaultValue=

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\Explorer\EmptyRecycleBin]
DefaultValue=%WinDir%\media\ding.wav

[AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\Close]
DefaultValue=

[Slideshow]
Interval=1800000
Shuffle=1
ImagesRootPath=%ProgramFiles%\fabrikam\wallpaper
Item0Path=%ProgramFiles%\fabrikam\wallpaper\ocean.jpg
Item1Path=%ProgramFiles%\fabrikam\wallpaper\mountain.jpg
Item2Path=%ProgramFiles%\fabrikam\wallpaper\river.jpg

[boot]
SCRNSAVE.EXE=%WinDir%\System32\bubbles.scr

[MasterThemeSelector]
MTSM=DABJDKT
ThemeColorBPP=4

[VisualStyles]
Path=%SystemRoot%\resources\Themes\Aero\Aero.msstyles
ColorStyle=NormalColor
Size=NormalSize
ColorizationColor=0x856E3BA1
Transparency=1

Installing Theme Files

When Windows is initialized, the operating system enumerates the first-level subdirectories of %WinDir%\Resources\ to identify available themes.
A .theme file has file associations; therefore, theme installer applications can call ShellExecute on a .theme file to open the Display (Windows XP) or Personalization (Windows Vista or Windows 7) window in Control Panel to the specified theme.

Theme Packs

Windows 7 and later. A theme pack is a .cab file that contains not only the .theme file but also the files needed to implement the theme on another computer, such as sound files and images. Users can create theme packs through the Personalization Control Panel.
Supported file types include the following:
File type
Extension
Theme
.theme
Image
.jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .dib, .tif, .png
Sound
.wav
Mouse cursor
.cur, .ani
Desktop icon
.ico
Brand logo  .png
 Source:Microsoft
 
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