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

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.