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Use Windows 7 Themes On Your XP And Vista : Step By Step Tutorial

Windows 7 themes are definitely best

compared windows Windows XP or even Windows Vista. But it is so sad that Windows 7 themes are not compatible with Windows XP or Vista. But with a few tweaks you can get Windows 7 themes to work on Windows XP and Windows Vista machines. And I am here to describe this very special methods for you. Hope this will work for you.

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STEP - 1

Install 7-Zip to extract Windows 7

themepack Windows 7 themes use the .themepack

extension which Windows XP and

Windows Vista cannot understand. To

extract the files from a downloaded

Windows 7 theme just install the free 7- Zip utility that can handle the .themepack extension, and use it to

extract your files to a folder on your PC.

Remind that WinRar cannot

handle .themepack extension. 7-Zip is a

free and open source software.

Download 7 -zip x32 bit

Download 7 -zip x64 bit

STEP - 2

For Windows Vista Users If you are running Aero on your

Windows vista, doubleclick the .theme

file in the new folder you just created.

This will change your windows border to

the one in the new theme as well as

your wallpaper to the default wallpaper in the theme, although this will

disappear when you reboot so you will

have to go to the theme folder. Then

click on the wallpaper you want to use

and select ‘set as Desktop Background’.

For Windows XP Users XP doesn’t support Aero, so to set your

wallpaper go to the theme folder. Then

click on the wallpaper you want to use

and select ‘set as Desktop Background’.

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STEP - 3

Create Windows 7 Desktop Slideshows Neither Windows XP or Windows Vista

support Windows 7 Desktop Slideshows

so to rotate your need to install a tool

to rotate your wallpapers. A good

lightweight simple tool is the great

Wallpaper Shifter app. This application picks a random wallpaper from a

directory selected by the user and sets it as the active Windows wallpaper.

Download Wallpaper Shifter

STEP - 4

Add Theme Sounds & Icons Adding .themepack's sounds is a easy

process. Just copy the sound files (.wav)

to the default media folder C:\Windows


If you are using Windows Vista the

theme file will automatically use these sounds

STEP - 5

How to add windows 7 theme icons:

Windows Vista: Right-click anywhere on the desktop,

choose ‘Personalize’ and then ‘Change

Desktop Icons’. Select the items you

which to change, click ‘Change Icons’

and browse to the location of the new


Windows XP :

Right-click anywhere on the desktop,

select ‘Properties’ and choose

‘Customize Desktop’ under the Desktop

tab. Select the items you wish to

change, click ‘Change Icon’ and browse

to the location of the new icons.

STEP - 6

Changing Screensavers and Cursors If your Windows 7 theme includes a

screensaver or a new cursor then just do

the following:

Copy the screensaver files (.scr) into

your Windows system folder usually

located at C:\Windows\System32 to be able to access the new screensavers

versions of Windows.

For cursors copy the Windows 7 cursor

files (.cur or .ani) to C:\Windows\Cursors

on XP or Vista, and then apply the new

set using the mouse settings under Control Panel. Thats All! Now you can easily use any

Windows 7 themes to your Windows Xp

or vista. So whats are you waiting for?

Lets start now.

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