How to Test Drive Unlimited PC Skins

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How to Test Drive Unlimited PC Skins
Windows makes it easy to test-drive as many skins as you want before picking one. (computer monitor iso right image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.com)

Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft allowed users to customise their PC's appearance by changing the computer's "skins" or "themes." PC skins control everything from your desktop background to how your mouse icon looks. Because skins dictate so much of your computer experience, you may want to test-drive a bunch of them before choosing one. Windows makes this simple.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download the themes you wish to try. If necessary, unzip them. You should end up with files with the ".theme" extension.

  2. 2

    Move all the ".theme" files into the folder C:\Windows\Resources\Themes.

  3. 3

    Open your Control Panel from the Start menu.

  4. 4

    Type "personalization" (without the quotation marks) into the search box.

  5. 5

    Click "Personalization."

  6. 6

    Click "Basic and High Contrast Themes."

  7. 7

    Select the skin you wish to test-drive. Click "Preview."

  8. 8

    Repeat Step 7 for as many themes as you wish. There is no limit on the number of skins you can test-drive this way.

  9. 9

    Click "Apply" when you find the skin you want to keep.

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