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Use hidden international wallpapers and themes

When you first install Windows 7, it asks for your language, time and currency. Based on your responses, it installs a set of wallpapers and themes. If you choose English (Australia) for your time and currency format, for example, the available desktop backgrounds and themes will include an Australian section with scenery from locations around Australia

Hidden, though, are background scenery and themes from other English-speaking countries -- United States, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa. Normally, you can't access those backgrounds or themes, but there is a simple way you can install and use them:

1. In the search box in the Start menu, type C:\Windows\Globalisation\MCT and press Enter. (Note: If Windows 7 is installed in a drive other than C:, use that letter instead.)

2. Windows Explorer will launch and show you a list of subfolders under C:\Windows\Globalisation\MCT: MCT-AU, MCT-CA, MCT-GB, MCT-US, and MCT-ZA. Each subfolder has wallpapers for a specific country: AU for Australia, CA for Canada, GB for Great Britain, US for the United States, and ZA for South Africa.

For any of the countries whose wallpaper and themes you want to use, go into its Theme folder, for example, C:\Windows\Globalisation\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme. Double-click the theme you see there (for example ZA).

3. That will install a shortcut to the theme and wallpapers in the Personalisation section of Control Panel.

You can now use them as you would any other theme or background, by right-clicking the desktop, choosing Personalise, and choosing a background or theme. They will be listed in their own section.

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is their a program i can download to change my themes for windows 7 starter at first i couldnt change my wallpaper but then i found a program called OC and its possible so i wana know if someone created a program for the theme


Microsoft windows 7 has default 5 theme but Windows 7 beta 1 build 7000 onwards has several hidden & locked themes provided for regional countries such as Australia, Canada, Great Britain, United States and South Africa.Since these hidden themes are installed along with your Windows 7 installation you can unlock/unhide these hidden Windows 7 Themes for regional contries. Below are three deferent methods to get Windows 7 hidden themes.
Screenshot of Default Windows 7 Themeswindows-7-default-themes.jpg Method 1: Steps to Unlock & Unhide Windows 7 hidden locked Themes1. Unhide the Windows 7 System and Protected Operating System files from Windows explorer -> Organize -> Folder and Search Options -> view tab
2. Navigate to C:WindowsGlobalizationMCT.
3. Open a MCT-(AU, CA, GB, US, or ZA) folder for the regional theme that you want.
NOTE: AU, CA and ZA regions all have the same themes though.
4. Open the Theme folder in the selected region folder.
5. Select the .theme file to use it.
NOTE: Once you select a .theme file, Windows 7 will save it so that you will be able to change or select this theme again from within the normal Personalization window location.
6. Hide the Windows 7 System and Protected Operating System files.
7. Enjoy your new regional themes!!
Method 2: Using windows 7 Search (Simplest Method)1. Go to Windowswinsxs Directory
2. Search for *.theme.
winsxs-themes.jpg3. Double click themes with name in the format of XX to apply and save the theme.
Method 3: Registry Entry1. Open notepad and copy past the following lines
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionThemesInstalledThemesMCT]
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-AU\Theme\AU.theme”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-CA\Theme\CA.theme”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-GB\Theme\GB.theme”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-US\Theme\US.theme”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme\ZA.theme”=””
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerWallpapersKnownFoldersWindows WallpapersMergeFolders]
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-AU\Wallpaper”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-CA\Wallpaper”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-GB\Wallpaper”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-US\Wallpaper”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Wallpaper”=””
2. Save file as allregional.reg on desktop.
3. Double click on allregional.reg to add above registry entry.
4. Now you can access all Windows 7 Hidden & Locked Themes via right clicking on desktop and personalize settings.
We have created allregional.reg file for you, Download allregional.reg and run it on your machine and access hidden Windows 7 Themes instantly.
Screenshot of Unlocked – Unhide Windows 7 Hidden Themesunlock-unhide-windows-7-hidden-locked-regional-themes.png

Feb 09, 2010 | HP Computers & Internet

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Use hidden international wallpapers and themes in windoes 7 When you first install Windows 7, it asks for your language, time and currency. Based on your responses, it installs a set of wallpapers and themes. If you choose English (United States) for your time and currency format, for example, the available desktop backgrounds and themes will include a United States section with scenery from locations such as Maine, the Southwest and so on. Hidden, though, are background scenery and themes from other English-speaking countries -- Australia, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa. Normally, you can't access those backgrounds or themes, but there is a simple way you can install and use them: 1. In the search box in the Start menu, type C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT and press Enter. (Note: If Windows 7 is installed in a drive other than C:, use that letter instead.) 2. Windows Explorer will launch and show you a list of subfolders under C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT: MCT-AU, MCT-CA, MCT-GB, MCT-US, and MCT-ZA. Each subfolder has wallpapers for a specific country: AU for Australia, CA for Canada, GB for Great Britain, US for the United States, and ZA for South Africa. For any of the countries whose wallpaper and themes you want to use, go into its Theme folder, for example, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme. Double-click the theme you see there (for example ZA). 3. That will install a shortcut to the theme and wallpapers in the Personalization section of Control Panel. You can now use them as you would any other theme or background, by right-clicking the desktop, choosing Personalize, and choosing a background or theme. They will be listed in their own section.

Jan 12, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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