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Topics dealing with Desktop Themes

  1. What is a desktop theme ?

  2. What other programs do I need to download and use these themes ?

  3. How do I install the desktop theme?

  4. Why are all these desktop themes FREE ?

  5. How come the Wallpaper or other theme files don't show up when I apply the theme?

  6. How do I create a desktop theme ?

  7. Can I change my desktop theme automatically ?

  8. Can I just apply the things that I like about the theme?

  9. Where can I find more desktop themes?

  10. How do you get themes to work with Windows NT?

  11. How do I change my Startup/Shutdown screens back to default?

  12. I downloaded a couple of themes, and the sound isn't working. When I try to run the sound files from the folder, they run through winamp, but during regular use, they won't play. How do I fix this problem?

  13. How come no files show up in the zip file after I download a theme?

Topics dealing with Website

  1. When I click on a new theme category nothing happens?

  2. How come I can't download the theme I want?

Desktop theme FAQs

What is a desktop theme ?

A desktop theme is a set of desktop components that go well together. Theme components usually include the following: Wallpaper (The background image that is displayed on your monitor), Sound events (such as when you empty your recycle bin, startup windows, etc..), Cursors (Normal pointer, busy, wait, etc..), Icons (My Computer, Network Neighborhood and empty and full recycle bins), Color Scheme (The different colors displayed in your window boxes, etc..)
Added bonuses: Some Theme Author's will add a screensaver, and/or startup/shutdown screens (the screens before and after you startup or leave windows)

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What other programs do I need to download and use these themes ?

You will need MS Plus! or a compatible program such as Desktop Architect this will apply the theme components to your desktop.
You will also need a Zip utility such as Winzip for most of the themes. This utility will extract the theme components to a folder in your computer.

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How do I install the desktop theme?

First you will need to make sure you have a zip utility such as Winzip, and a desktop theme program such as MS Plus!, or Desktop Architect.

  • Download a theme

  • Open up the theme zip file you just downloaded

  • Check to see if the theme already has the path set for you or not.

  • If the path is already set then unzip it to c:\ or whatever your hard drive is named.

  • If the path is not set you may need to check and see if there is a readme file and read this to make sure you unzip your files to the correct place.

  • Most themes will work if you  unzip all the files into c:\program files\plus!\themes\

  • Some themes you need to create a folder named the same as the theme title in c:\program files\plus!\themes\ Example: If you download a theme called Friends you will need to unzip the theme file probably named friends.theme into c:\program files\plus!\themes\    and unzip the rest of the files into c:\program files\plus!\themes\Friends\

  • if the theme still doesn't work you may need to make sure your spelling is correct and it is not spelled Freinds. If you are using Ms Plus! desktop themes program then you can open up Ms Plus! and select the theme from the list and then click on pointers, sounds, etc. and then on corresponding tab such as Visuals if you are missing your wallpaper and then click on wallpaper bitmap and look below where it says file name this is where your wallpaper file should be to work correctly so make sure you have it in this exact spot and named the exact same way.

  • Open up your desktop theme program, select the theme and click on apply (some programs called install) desktop theme.

  • If you are still having problems after trying all this you may want to try the program listed below to assist you in installing your themes.

  • It's not always this easy with as many Theme designers that we have, some are just beginners and so the theme file will look for the theme components in certain folders in your computer. Here is a shareware product that may be able to help you with this it's called Desktop Architect.

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Why are all these desktop themes FREE ?

The themes are available for free because we use banner advertising to make the money we need to pay for the web space and other programs necessary to provide these themes. We would never charge our visitor's for something that people create for free distribution either. We just rely on our visitor's to click on the banner advertisements. A big THANK YOU to all who do click on the banner ads to support our site!

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How come the Wallpaper or other theme files don't show up when I apply the theme?

All the Theme Author's are at different development levels. If you have downloaded, unzipped, and applied a theme and some things, such as the Wallpaper or icons don't show up on your desktop then this theme file has not been done correctly. You will need to open up MS Plus! Desktop themes and click on pointers, sounds, etc. then go to the tab that applies to you such as Visuals click on the file that is missing such as Wallpaper and look at the box that says file name: in this box you will see the directory where this theme file is looking for this theme. You need to make sure that this file is in this same directory and is named the exact same way.

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How do I create a desktop theme ?

Please click on desktop themes to the left and then on How-To Create.

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Can I change my desktop theme automatically ?

Yes, Thanks to some great shareware products. There are programs such as Desktop Architect built with the technology to be able to change your desktop themes, and wallpapers with it's scheduler.

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Can I just apply the things that I like about the theme?

Yes, with most Desktop theme programs such as MS Plus! you can just select the theme you want and then to the right side of your window you can check the boxes of the theme components you want to apply to your desktop. It will just leave whatever you previously had instead. For instance; if you didn't want the cursors that came with the theme you would want to uncheck the cursors box. If you want the default cursors, then first choose windows default theme with the cursor box checked and click apply then choose the theme you want with the cursor box unchecked and apply that theme.

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Where can I find more desktop themes?

If you didn't find the theme you wanted here there are many more theme sites to look through.

You can go to my Theme links page to find another theme site.

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How do you get themes to work with Windows NT?

You can manually install each of the components in a theme by going into the control panel and selecting each individually. I don't know of a utility that works with Win NT at this time.

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How do I change my Startup/Shutdown screens back to default?

I have provided a list of Win 95/98 default Screens, so that you can return your screens back to default. Download the files and run the exe and it will automatically install your screens for you. 

Win 95 Default

Win 95 with Plus!

Win 98 Default

Win 98 with Plus!

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I downloaded a couple of themes, and the sound isn't working. When I try to run the sound files from the folder, they run through winamp, but during regular use, they won't play. How do I fix this problem?

Some of the desktop themes on this site are MPEG 3-Layer sounds and require NetShow to be able to hear the sounds for the desktop themes that use this type of sound.

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How come no files can be seen after I download a theme?

Every once and a while during a download files can get corrupted. When this happens try to shutdown your computer for a couple of minutes startup and then try again. This usually fixes the problem.

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Website Questions

When I click on a new theme category nothing happens, how do I view the themes?

In your browser preferences you need to make sure that you have Java Scripts enabled, to view the
themes directory correctly.

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How come I can't download the theme I want?

The server that stores your theme may be temporarily down. Please try again later.

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