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    Enable Theme Support in Windows Server 2003

    Posted on by Daniel Petri in Windows Client OS

    How can I enable theme support in Windows Server 2003?

    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.

    1. Click OK.

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

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

    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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