How to Distribute a Custom Desktop Theme

If you create your own customized theme in Windows XP, you might want to share it with others or put it on another computer that you use so you'll have a consistent desktop appearance. The theme contains information about your wallpaper, screen saver, icons, fonts, colors, mouse pointers and sounds. To create a theme:
  1. Click Start | Control Panel | Appearance and Themes.
  2. Click Display.
  3. Click the Themes tab and select an existing theme to modify.
  4. Through the Display Properties dialog box, make the changes you want. Then click the Themes tab and click the Apply button.
  5. Click Save As and type a name for the new theme.
  6. Click Save, then click OK.

Your theme is saved by default in the My Documents folder with the .theme extension. You can send this file to others via email or put it in a network share. To install it on another computer, once it's on that computer's hard disk:

  1. Right click the desktop and click Properties, then the Themes tab.
  2. Click the Browse button and navigate to the folder where the theme file is located.
  3. Double click the theme file and click OK to load the new theme.