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    Where are desktop theme files kept? (XP Home Service Pack 1)

    I have a number of desktop themes I have built using all versions of Windows since Windows 95. These don't seem to work under Windows XP. The error message I get says something about "theme could not load because one of the needed theme files could not be found." Where should I put these files in order for WinXP to find them properly?

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    Re: Where are desktop theme files kept? (XP Home Service Pack 1)

    When I save a theme I get a .theme file in My Documents. If I open this file in WordPad, it has numerous settings, but seems to refer only to files that came with Windows. I guess that's not very helpful, sorry...

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    Re: Where are desktop theme files kept? (XP Home Service Pack 1)

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    Re: Where are desktop theme files kept? (XP Home S

    Typically they need to go in exactly the same place they were originally installed in. The .theme file that Jefferson mentioned tells Windows where the theme components are. Have you checked out the instructions that Microsoft provides?

    It may be a losing battle because of Windows XP's use of Visual Styles. Visual Styles are a new way of extending the user interface that was introduced with XP. The old style of desktop themes may fail to work properly under Windows XP; I have never tried them and just discovered it's a difficult thing to find more information on. Have you considered using something like Windowblinds?
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