How do I make a theme that worked on windows XP work on windows 7? RRS feed

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  • To say that the way windows 7 handles themes is a *horrible* UI experience is a real understatement.  I have a saved theme directory from another XP computer that I want to use...the directory itself contains the .theme file plus all the individual files (.wav, etc) required for the theme.  There is also a .zip file of the theme on this directory.     I tried double clicking on the them file and got "this theme cannot be used on the desktop.  Try another theme."

    Any ideas?  I tried moving the .theme file itself to the location where I had saved a theme from the desktop..but that did not work.


    Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:54 PM


  • Hi,

    Firstly, based on my knowledge, I’m afraid that Windows 7 may not support applying the themes which created by Windows XP.

    Meanwhile, in Windows 7, you can personalize Desktop Background, Window Colour, sounds and Screen Saver,etc.

    More information:

    Create a theme

    Tips and tricks for creating a theme

    Using themes

    You can also go to the Personalization Gallery to get more themes for Windows 7.

    Hope this helps.

    Jeremy Wu

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Nicholas Li Monday, June 25, 2012 6:55 AM
    Friday, June 15, 2012 9:31 AM