My Windows 7 Theme Pack


I’ve been running the Windows 7 beta for awhile now, and I’m in love! If you’re relatively technical and want to take the new OS for a spin, the good news is that we’ve extended the beta download period until February 10, 2009. Once you have it installed, it’s worth reading Tim Sneath’s fantastic list of 30 Windows 7 secrets. I’m running Windows 7 on my Dell XPS desktop machine at home and on my Dell laptop at work. Even with the beta version, everything runs very smoothly and I feel a lot more productive. Plus, it’s just a joy to use.


Windows 7 introduces theme packs, which are .cab files that contain all of the necessary assets to implement a theme, including sound files and images. You can find a bunch of theme packs on the Windows 7 site, and Paul Thurrott covers the basics and includes his own theme packs in his article, Windows 7 Feature Focus: Styles and Desktop Slide Shows.


As an experiment, I’ve created a theme pack based on my wallpaper images. It contains 20 hand-picked, nature-themed macro photos that I’ve taken over the years. The desktop images are configured to shuffle randomly every 30 minutes. Otherwise, the theme uses the default Windows 7 color and sound schemes.



As always, comments and feedback are welcome. Drop me a note if you decide to create your own.


Update on 2/24/2010: If you (or your browser) renames the file during download, it may not be recognized by Windows 7. Simply rename the downloaded file so that it ends with “.themepack”, then double-click to install.

Comments (50)

  1. tims says:

    This should be standard on every PC. It’s now a standard on my desktop, at least. Fantastic photography, Mike.

  2. Tim Sneath says:

    Just wanted to take a moment to highlight Mike Swanson’s amazing theme pack for Windows 7. Mike is a

  3. mswanson says:

    Thanks, Tim! I appreciate the kind words.

  4. Wow! these are amazing shots Mike,

    Really shows off the way the Superbar picks up the underlying colors as well

    Thanks :)

    Will you be taking your camera to MIX for a Macro view of the conversation?

  5. Hopefully by now you have Windows 7 beta 1 running on some machine and you have spotted Themes. Themes

  6. Hopefully by now you have Windows 7 beta 1 running on one or more machines and you’ll have spotted Themes.

  7. Phillip says:

    Thanks Mike absolutely stunning pics, they should be a part of the final Win 7 release. Please make it so.

  8. Harry says:

    Mike, I’m downloading them now, they look great.  One tiny suggestion, would you be able to mention the size of the imagees, I’m needing to download before I can figure out whether they’ll work on my 1920×1200 display.

    Thanks!

  9. mswanson says:

    Great question, Harry. All of the images in this theme pack are 1920 x 1200, so you should be okay.

  10. As mentioned in a recent post about My Windows 7 Theme Pack , I’ve been running Beta 1 (build 7000) for

  11. Inspired by Mike Swanson’s post of his fantastic Windows 7 Theme Pack from a selection of his wallpaper images and the already available Windows 7 Theme packs I have jumped aboard and gone a step further than Long Zheng’s post…

  12. Inspired by Mike Swanson’s post of his fantastic Windows 7 Theme Pack from a selection of his wallpaper images and the already available Windows 7 Theme packs I have jumped aboard and gone a step further than Long Zheng’s post…

  13. felijay says:

    This is fantastic. Thanks, Mike. How about "Dreamscene" for Win 7?

  14. Taksina says:

    Great theme. I love it. Thank you!

  15. ASPInsiders says:

    Back in 2006 I paved (or "formatted", or "torched", or "gave " a technical

  16. Jeans says:

    How can i open your themepack?

  17. 00w7 says:

    cool i like the pic sweet job here

  18. dave says:

    hi pal,I’ve faced with a serious question! does it work on windows xp?! or it has designed for win 7 ????

  19. mswanson says:

    Sorry, dave, but the theme was built by Windows 7 for Windows 7. Unfortunately, it won’t work with older Windows versions. However, you can certainly download the wallpaper images and use them with any operating system.

  20. johnykins says:

    Wow nuff said what HUGGGGGGGGGE THANKS MIKE

  21. Ahmet from Turkey says:

    Hi.There..I downloaded your theme pack.I like flower.and I always use flowers on my desktop.I like it..Congratilations…:)

  22. jasper says:

    hey mike thts cool mann!! thanx a million anyway

  23. Marcopolo says:

    Thanks very much MIKE !!!

    Great package !!!!

  24. Sandeep Prabhu says:

    Great Theme, Joy to watch !!!

    Thanks a ton !

  25. Lelouch says:

    will old Vista based themes work on Windows 7?

  26. Arif Noerman says:

    Thanks Mike, i have bored with all available microsoft themes packs. I have download all since microsoft only create few.

  27. Philip says:

    If you read below on MSFT site, more will be release when W7 comes out next month.

  28. Steve says:

    thanks for the amazing windows themes for windows 7 mike very sweet and please keep them coming my friend well done

  29. Sandeep says:

    buddy it looks really gr8,,,,,,,,,,,,

    U R A Genius……

  30. Jiang He says:

    Thank you Mike,beautiful pictures.I love them very much.From China.

  31. Elaine M. Rudis Jackson says:

    I’ve been using your theme pack for months now; it is definitely my favorite so far. I adore the macro view of the world and your photographs are really well done. Thank you for creating it – the images make me happy every time I see them. And if you knew how much time I spent on my computer every day, you would know that is a heck of a lot!

  32. Arsh Mander says:

    it is nice theme mike .thanX !

  33. Rod says:

    i cant open it ! am i supposed tp put in in a certain folder? HELP!

  34. Spring says:

    Thanks a lot. It’s really nice. I’m from Vietnam

  35. Robert says:

    Fantastic Macro work. I visited your macro photo page. Is there any chance that you will be adding more of your photos to the 20 that are in this pack? Or possibly a feed to your macro page?

  36. t0adphr0g says:

    With your pack, my Windows 7 keeps getting better and better

  37. Elena says:

    Fantastic! Thanks a lot from Athens, Greece

  38. Tony says:

    So good.. probably the best ever!!

  39. mido says:

    I’ve been using your theme pack for months now; it is definitely my favorite so far. I adore the macro view of the world and your photographs are really well done. Thank you for creating it – the images make me happy every time I see them. And if you knew how much time I spent on my computer every day, you would know that is a heck of a lot!

  40. James says:

    What program am I supposed to open the file with?  I have downloaded it by my computer does not recognise the file type and asking what program to use…

  41. mikaila18 says:

    so sad i can’t download the theme,.

    there’s always a message popping out like this,.

    "421 Too many users – please try again later."

    can you help me mike?

  42. haydydy says:

    thanks  for your wonderfull theme ..they are pretty nice

  43. mswanson says:

    NOTE: If you (or your browser) renames the file during download, it may not be recognized by Windows 7. Simply rename the downloaded file so that it ends with ".themepack", then double-click to install.

  44. technogran says:

    Thanks Mike this themepack is fantastic. Just wish that there was a page where we could all share our themepacks so that we can all enjoy each others contributions.

  45. Derek says:

    I tried downloading but the FTP site keeps asking for a username/password.  

  46. mswanson says:

    Oops…sorry about that, Derek. I updated the link, and it should work now.

  47. Daniel R. H. says:

    Great theme! Pretty new pictures. Thanks

  48. haniev says:

    Thanks Mike absolutely stunning pics, they should be a part of the final Win 7 release. Please make it so.

  49. mamat says:

    This is just the best theme for windows 7 ever !

  50. Tina says:

    these photos are awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing them…. it definitely brightens up my day!