How can I add themes to Windows .NET Server?

A. Both the .NET Server family of products and Windows XP support desktop themes, which you access through the Appearance tab on the Display Control Panel applet. In XP, the two options are the Windows XP style and the Windows Classic style. With .NET Server, only the Windows Classic style is available by default. To enable themes in .NET Server, you must start the Themes service by typing the following at the command prompt:

net start themes

To ensure the service starts at reboot, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Computer Management Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in (go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, Computer Management).
  2. Expand the Services and Applications branch.
  3. Select Services, and double-click Themes.
  4. Set "Startup type:" to Automatic, and click OK.
  5. Close the MMC snap-in.
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