XP theme for windows 2003 server

Posted on 2009-02-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi Experts,

I have a windows 2003 server box in my domain, I set the theme service which will start automatically and enable XP style theme. Now I can change my server to XP style. My question is how do I set this XP style permanently so when other users log in, they don't have to change to XP style ? Thanks.
Question by:tinhnho
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    Accepted Solution

    You should be able to copy your profile over the All User's profile.  Right-mouse click My Computer, click Advanced, click the middle Settings button.  Select your XP-themed profile, click Copy To..., browse to Docs & Settings, Default User (you'll have to show hidden files and folders to see this) and overwrite that profile.

    When new user's log in, they should get the XP theme unless local or group policy vetoes this.

    It is usually best to copy your profile to a scratch profile, log in using that new profile, clean it up (deleting shortcuts, MRU, etc), then copy that profile onto the All User's profile.
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    Expert Comment

    Sorry, I didn't proof read my post - make that first "All User's profile" in the first line - "Default User profile".

    Author Comment

    Hi there,

    How much more ram/resource will it take if I change to XP theme ? This box will be terminal server and there are about 10-20 people log in at same time. Thanks
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    Expert Comment

    I'm not sure since I don't have a XP-themed W2003 server handy.  If you have 4GB RAM on the server it should be fine.  To check free memory, just use Task Manager....

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