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Posted on 2002-06-19
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Hey all

I changed my original windows 2000 theme with another one I downloaded and I hate the new theme I installed.  I want to go back to the original "default" windows 2000 theme, but I forgot to save the original before I changed themes.  Does anyone know how to get the original win 2000 stuff back...?  Thanks
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Have you tried this?
 
1. Click Start, and then click Run.
 
2. In the Open box, type "themes" (without the quotation marks), and then click
  OK.
 
3. Configure the theme you want, and then click OK.
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I know how to get to the desktop themes thing, but since I didn't save the original theme of windows 2000 its not in the dropdown.  So that means I can't click it and have things the way they were.  So I'm asking how can I get the original win 2000 "theme" back when its not there for me to chose?
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Search for the following file on your pc.  This is the extension for a theme.  If you don't find any then your pretty much out of luck.

*.Theme
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I did that too.  the only files it found with .theme were the themes i downloaded.  
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Well it looks like your theme is gone.  You can't really retrieve something that wasn't saved.  Unless you had some sort of software like GOBACK to go back to an old configuration then your pretty much out of luck.
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well if the theme was there before I changed themes that means there has to be a way to get it back.  Ya know what I'm saying...?  Ok I didn't save the original, but it was there before I even had a chance to save it.  Thanks for your help so far, I'll wait and see what others have to say
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The orginal windows default theme your talking about is not a theme until you save it as one.  When you change your desktop settings etc, these changes are stored in the registry.  A theme is basically a template with the new registry entries and .dll's for icons, colors, etc... or in basic terms your desktop settings.  I put instructions on how to manually change your icons back to Windows default mode below.

You can manually change the desktop and icons back to normal by creating a new theme and changing the icons manually below.

To manually change the icons:
 
1. Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.
 
2. Click Effects, click My Computer, and then click Change Icon.
 
3. Click Browse, locate C:\Windows\Explorer.exe, and then click Open.
 
4. Click the fifth icon in the second row, and then click OK.
 
5. Click My Network Places, and then click Change Icon.
 
6. Click Browse, locate C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.dll, and then click Open.
 
7. Click the first icon, and then click OK.
 
8. Click Recycle Bin (full), and then click Change Icon.
 
9. Click Browse, locate C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.dll, and then click Open.
 
10. Click the ninth icon in the first row, and then click OK.
 
11. Click Recycle Bin (empty), and then click Change Icon.
 
12. Click Browse, locate C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.dll, and then click Open.
 
13. Click the eighth icon in the fourth row, and then click OK.
 
Note: You will need to make these changes every time a theme is changed back to
Windows Default.
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I reverted my Windows 2000 computer back to the original theme and saved it as a file. I zipped it up and you can download it here if you would like.

www.pc-pipeline.com/files/Windows2000Theme.zip
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I will leave this file here since it is small and if anyone reads this question, I want the link available to them.

I'm glad it worked for you.
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