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One of my favorite things about Windows 7 is how you can customize it and make it your own. Our personalization features give Windows 7 the ability to be as individual and to reflect who you are! Adding to this is a new Personalization Gallery on Windows.com, launched on Oct 22nd. With Windows 7, we’ve made it easy for people to customize their PC with different themes. Each theme has a custom background (or a series of backgrounds that shuffle), different Aero Glass colors, and sounds. Not only will you find Windows 7 themes on the Personalization Gallery, you’ll also find desktop backgrounds and desktop gadgets to download as well.
For the first time ever, Microsoft is working with other companies to enable them to offer their customers a branded experience on the desktop through Windows 7. The effort is part of a pilot program running until October 2010 by Microsoft Advertising. As of today, you will find themes from 7 global advertisers with well-known brands such as Coca Cola, Ducati, Ferrari, Infiniti, Pepsi, Porsche and Twentieth Century Fox on the Personalization Gallery for download. So if you are a fan of one of these brands, check them out! For more on this effort from Microsoft Advertising, see this blog post.
We’re also offering new Microsoft branded themes too – including the Xbox game Gears of War, Zune, and Bing!
So what if you want to make your own theme? No problem – it’s very easy. Click here for a step-by-step outline (and video) on how to customize and create your own themes. Once you’ve created your own theme, you can share it with you friends and family on Windows Live SkyDrive.
For you geeks out there wanting to know more about how we went about designing the ability to use themes in Windows 7, see this blog post on the Engineering Windows 7 Blog.
If you can find out, I'd like to see a blog posting about why the light-baby-blue color was chosen for the menubar background, and why this color is hard-coded and unchangeable and uncustomizeable, despite loudly clashing with some of the window glass colors that are selectable (like red and mediuim green).
Brandon Add more Clock pls
dmstoday, I can see if I can dig up some answers on the design decision for that. I personally love the light blue color of the menu bar :-)
doverlla, you want more clocks in Windows 7? Did you know you can add multiple clock gadgets to your desktop? Also: you can also add additional clocks under "Date and Time" to the clock on the Windows Taskbar too.
Speaking of personalization, is there a way to get a drop down menu for domains at the login screen in Windows 7? I have a user that needs to login to both a network domain and locally and it's a hassle for him.
lolht, unfortunately I am not aware of a way to get a drop down list to do what you're asking. The user who wants to log on locally to that PC will need to login with the PC name instead of the domain.
For example, instead of DOMAIN\username, they need to login iwht PC_NAME\username.
Can I add that to the suggestion box? For some older users, stuff like that is a deal breaker. I know Aero is bright and shiny and looks like a Mac, but there's something to be said for functionality.
Brandon Brandon, i find this clock in gallery, is amazing