Windows

Reveal what Microsoft doesn't want you to see

I don't like limitations and hidden things in Windows, so I took steps to reveal all the hidden international desktop themes.

Microsoft Windows 7, like all the versions before it, comes with several built-in desktop themes. The only difference is that with Windows 7, the themes are not generally lame and forgettable. The Aero infrastructure allows the slideshow themes, for example, to expand their appeal with high resolution and interesting photographs.

But there is one catch: the slideshow themes are limited by default to the installation country of origin. In other words, there are a different set of themes available for a Windows installation in the United States than for an installation in New Zealand. I don't like limitations and hidden things in my operating system, so I did something about it.

It's a small world

I opened all the international slideshow themes available in Windows 7 by making a few tweaks to some file folders. I laid out all the steps in a Slideshow Photo Gallery. Just follow the steps in the Slideshow and you can get access to several very picturesque international desktop themes that Microsoft thought you didn't need to know about.

I'm not sure where this is, but I like it

About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

6 comments
charles.nash
charles.nash

I think this is Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.

TuneUp Utilities
TuneUp Utilities

Who would have thought Microsoft developed such interesting desktop themes. Do you think Microsoft would be willing to open up these themes to everyone, no matter where they???re located?

MichaelCarr
MichaelCarr

Please do not use "articles" to schill for "photo galleries." This article built interest, but did not come through. It was just schilling for a photo gallery. I do not click into photo galleries due to "scroll, click load, wait, scroll, click load, wait, etc."

SemaJC
SemaJC

Penguins on the beach is part of South African theme which also has elephant, mountains, desert & rivers scenes James in South Africa

techno0001
techno0001

dont get it!!!

seanferd
seanferd

that was posted twice in the last paragraph? You'll have to follow actual instructions as you click through the gallery, so be prepared.