I will rephrase the question:

With Win7 - I know how to change the wallpaper/theme on the desktop,
I also know how to change the desktop to the Classic XP look.

What I don't like about the the XP classic desktop is the dull workspace area.
I at one stage had the XP desktop and a changing theme (together).

I had a look at some default Windows' piccies, but when I tried to restore my original configuration - the XP desktop refused to exist with my original setting/s.
Does anyone know how to make this set-up from scratch? (I had it this way to start off with so I know it is possible)