Get new Windows XP desktop themes for free

Need a change of scenery? No need to pay Microsoft when you want a new desktop theme—now you can escape to virtual versions of Egypt, Québec, and New Zealand for free. Windows XP columnist Greg Shultz leads the tour.

If you enjoy Windows XP's Desktop Theme capability, chances are that you've selected the More Themes Online option from the Themes drop-down list on the Display Properties dialog box's Themes tab. Of course, doing so takes you to the Microsoft Plus! SuperPack sales pitch page, which then prompts you to make a purchase. However, you don't have to purchase the Microsoft Plus! SuperPack to get more desktop themes from Microsoft.

In fact, Microsoft recently released several new desktop themes for free on the Microsoft Download Center. Each desktop theme comes with wallpaper, cursors, icons, sounds, and a screensaver. Here is a list of new themes:

  • Microsoft Egypt Nile Theme
  • Microsoft Nature Theme 1 Animal
  • Microsoft Nature Theme 2
  • New Zealand Bliss Desktop Backgrounds for Windows
  • Microsoft Thème Québec
  • Microsoft Historical Monuments
  • Once you download the desktop theme installation file, simply double-click the file and follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the installation.

    Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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    About Greg Shultz

    Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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