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Windows Themes a cool forgotten feature.

Windows Themes a cool forgotten feature.

Photo Credit to Wolves theme on Windows Themes Website

I don’t know if people noticed those .themepack files under Windows7. They can be safely downloaded from the following location.

But Windows 8 has expanded on those concepts and introduced .deskthemepack files. Windows 8 Themes actually take things a step further and add cute sounds that are associated with certain actions in Windows. For instance if you install the Beaches Panoramic Theme you will notice that it plays a water-flow like sound when you plug in a headset. It also sounds cute when your laptop is about to run out of battery. Since Windows 7 there has actually been a quick “Next Desktop Background” Menu Option When your Right click on a Desktop. This “Next Desktop Background” menu enables one to enumerate through the Active Theme’s Image Library.

I wish Microsoft had shipped Windows with a similar feature for Desktop Screen Savers. It is true That Windows does allow you to set a Folder of Pictures as your Desktop Screensaver. Furthermore there are services out there such as Flickr Screen Saver that allow you to display editorialized images from Flickr as your desktop Screen-Saver. However all that does not compensate for a natively built-in Desktop Screen Saver Framework that acts analogous to Desktop Themes. Perhaps a reason why Screen Savers have become out of fashion is the fact that these days Windows Prefers to push users toward more efficient power management techniques by turning off the Monitor. Windows Power Management Profile by default is quite aggressive and likes to turn the Monitor off. Since Advent of DVI and HDMI the Operating System can communicate with Display Hardware much more extensively. That is it can instruct it to go power-save mode or to restore to full power mode rather easily using those Extra Data Channels.

Perhaps the reason I found Windows8 Desktop Themes so cute was because it was reminiscent of a feature code named “Desktop Motion” that was later renamed as Windows Dream Scene. Dream Scene was only available under Windows Ultimate. That feature was later removed in Later Version of Windows because it simply consumed too many system resources (GPU Resources).