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One of the cool features of Windows 7 is the theme packs that are available.  I’ve been rotating between Bing’s Best, United States, Italy and Russia themes.  Great photography (and some have cool sound packs too).

Each month Smashing Magazine, one of my favorite online subscriptions, puts together a set of desktop wallpaper for the month with calendars on it.  These images are from various worldwide contributors.  Smashing Magazine is primarily a site for design (and does focus a lot on web design, etc.) and is a great resource for any one who appreciates design aspects.  They also provide free fonts, icons, web templates, etc. from time to time.

Anyhow, I’m fond of their monthly post of wallpapers to see what people come up with.  This time I figured: why not make a Windows 7 Theme out of these?  So I did.  Simple enough.

Smashing Magazine January 2010

So here you go: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Desktop Wallpaper Windows 7 Theme (I contracted Microsoft marketing to come up with that name).  This is a widescreen theme as most of the wallpapers are widescreen – I think three in this set aren’t so when they rotate they may look weird, but I didn’t want to exclude any of them.  The sound for this pack is the Windows Default so if you want to make tweaks to it for your own liking, go for it.  I did, however disable the Start Navigation sound!!!

Enjoy.


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12/31/2009 11:46 AM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
Very cool. Thanks for throwing this together. Any chance you will be doing this every month? :-)
12/31/2009 12:58 PM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
Derek -- I think I will. I'm going to reach out to the editors for Smashing Mag and see if they can give me a heads up and just link to them directly from their monthly post.
1/1/2010 12:54 AM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
Thats great about the Windows 7 featuring and you too for featuring the feature of Se7en in Smashing way....
1/1/2010 9:36 PM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
very cool concept with art and perfection and usability....
1/2/2010 1:52 AM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
Tim,

I would suggest rather than getting a 'heads up' each month I would see if you can burn an RSS feed and use that in the .theme file instead and 'make it once and forget it' and each month as new wallpaper hits the RSS common feed store will get the 'enclosures' and have the feed set to only keep ~30images and the January wallpaper will vanish as February appears.
1/2/2010 1:53 AM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
Very cool, thank you very much!
1/8/2010 10:26 AM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
I seem to be doing something wrong because when I open the Themepack, all I see in control panel and on the desktop is one calendar theme with a deer in it. How do I see the others in the pack of 35?
1/8/2010 10:29 AM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
It will auto-rotate every 30 minutes (the default) or you can change that. If you right-click on your desktop and choose personalize, you can see the other wallpapers.
1/8/2010 10:40 PM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
Thank You,Tim! Happy New Year & Best Wishes For You!
1/12/2010 12:03 PM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
Just downloaded this, double clicked on the file and worked first time. Changed the auto switching to 15 and am now ready to be inspired! Thanks a lot for this :)
1/31/2010 7:12 PM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
Hi, today is 1st February, eagerly waiting for you
3/26/2010 11:16 AM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
nice one yaar...........
5/10/2010 12:00 AM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
Amazing!!!
6/22/2010 1:15 PM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
you are best best best best
7/12/2010 7:08 PM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
is the best
9/9/2011 10:29 AM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
it's really amazing : best wishes for work...
11/5/2011 1:02 PM | # re: Smashing Magazine January 2010 Windows 7 Theme
very cool.... thanks

 
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