If you have Windows 7, you probably noticed a big improvement in screensavers, desktop themes, wallpaper – whatever you like to call them. They brighten up our screens and days with the different sceneries and themes offered.

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Microsoft offers free themes (a series of pictures), or wallpapers (one picture suitable for your desktop) to continually refresh your desktop. They’ve continued to bring new themes out since the release, so you’ll find quite a selection. Some categories include:

  • animals
  • movie themes
  • branded themes
  • holiday and seasons
  • cars
  • nature
  • landscapes
  • from the community (you can submit your own photos for consideration)

How to Download & Install

It’s easy to download and install the theme. I chose to ‘Open’ the download from Internet Explorer – it’s the quickest way, rather than saving the themes and going to find it and installing. So click on ‘Open’ and it will unpack it.

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After it’s installed, your Control Panel ‘Appearance & Personalization’ will come up and you’ll see your new themes installed and it’s also been selected and applied to your desktop. So minimize your windows or go down to the lower right part of the window and click in that rectangle and check out your new theme.

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If you use Firefox, then click to ‘open with’ and it’ll unpack and install the theme for you – pretty much the same process as IE.

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Go check it out and spiff up your desktop.

(Originally published 2-17-12 on my site at http://www.extremevirtualsupport.com.)

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