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Enable Theme Support in Windows Server 2003

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How can I enable theme support in Windows Server 2003?

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Windows Server 2003 has the theme support services disabled by default.

To enable themes on Windows Server 2003 follow the next steps:

  1. Go to the Services applet in Administrative Tools (or click Start, then Run, and type "services.msc" (without quotes) and click OK).
  2. Find the "Themes" service, right-click and select Properties, select "Automatic" instead of "Disabled" in the startup type box.

  1. Click Apply.
  2. Right-click the Themes service and select Start.

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  1. Click OK.

You can also modify start state and start it from a Command Prompt console by using the following command:

​sc config Themes start= auto
and
sc start Themes
or
net start Themes

For now you only have Luna Blue, Silver and Olive Green to choose from.

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  1. Go to Control Panel, select Display and then go to the Appearance tab.
  2. In the "Windows and Buttons" drop-down list select "Windows XP Style". Click Ok.
  3. Now you can choose the color scheme.

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