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Desktop Themes

Enough for the settings you can make from the Display Properties dialog. How else can you spiff up your user interface? One way is to use themes. Themes are collections of icons, sounds, screen savers, and cursors for your Windows 2000 Professional setup. Themes are not much different from what you can achieve by using the related applets in the Control Panel and the icon and desktop settings described previously; using them is just easier when a collection of them is integrated. You can just snap in a theme all at once. Windows 9x pro vided themes support as part of the Plus! add-on software from Microsoft. By switching a UI theme, you can easily change the whole look and feel of the computer, including error message sounds, desktop background, and so on.

Windows NT didn't have a Plus! program, but you could still incorporate themes using third-party software. However, popular programs for doing so, such as themes.exe from the NT Resource Kit or any other program, do not work until they are updated for Windows 2000. You must resort to changing icons via the Effects tab in the Display Properties dialog because Windows 2000 uses yet another set of new Registry keys that can override HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT entries for special folders.


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