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Now that you have an understanding of the differences between themes, visual styles, and skins and have taken a look at the various elements and some of the settings of the Windows GUI, we can concentrate on themes. Themes can actually provide you with a rather dramatic makeover of the Windows interface. The theme dictates the desktop icons, interface color scheme, and (more importantly) the image used on the Windows desktop. Because the desktop is the most prominent part of the interface, customizing the look of it can go a long way toward personalizing and customizing the overall look of Windows.
Windows XP provides two themes (which actually border on being skins because of their visual style settings). By default, the Windows XP theme is selected, but a Windows Classic theme is also available.
This chapter covers the themes provided by Windows XP, how themes are stored, and how you change the default theme. We also discuss how you can download themes from the World Wide Web and modify theme elements, including the theme's sound scheme.