Windows XP Zune Theme

Martin Brinkmann
May 4, 2007
Updated • Jun 27, 2013

I was never that of a theme fanatic and used the windows classic setting on all of my previous computers because I always felt that using larger themes would slow down my system. I sacrifice a theme that may look more beautiful for speed.

I feel a little bit old fashioned to defend this stance against my friends who love to install themes on their Windows operating systems. It is not anymore a question of speeding up the system, with dual core cpus and gigabytes of ram available for most computers that are sold these days.

I did find a great theme pretty quickly which does look better than the Windows Vista Basic Theme if you ask me. The only thing that I had to change was the wallpaper image which did not look that great.

I would like to begin by explaining a common error that I received while trying to enable a theme other than the Windows classic theme. The error was "The theme could not be loaded because the theme service is not running". I hit Windows + R, entered services.msc and hit enter again. The theme service was not started and i set it to automatically start at Windows startup and started it as well immediately.

The problem was that the message was still there when I tried to activate another theme. I decided to try a reboot which fixed the problem. I was then able to activate other themes without problems.

If you do not know how to activate themes do the following:

  • Right-Click the desktop and select properties
  • Select the Themes Tab
  • All of your themes are located in the Theme pulldown menu
  • To activate a theme select it and click Apply

The Zune theme for Windows XP can be downloaded from this official link.

Note: The way you load themes in Windows 7 and newer versions of the operating system has changed. While you still right-click on the desktop, you select personalize now from the context menu. You are taken to a screen where you can make modifications to the current theme, or load a new one.


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  1. Tylor Pater said on July 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    You know this is an old post when a gig of ram and dual-core CPUs are sought after :D

  2. ALHAJI KANKANI said on April 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Ime Laina

  3. Nabin Chandra Prusty. said on April 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I want this theme for my computer, because i like it very much.

  4. abraham said on December 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm


  5. tika said on November 25, 2009 at 8:25 am

    gmana cara downloadnya?

  6. Martin said on May 5, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    upsa. It is for Windows XP. Changing it right now..

  7. netking said on May 5, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Post title : Windows XP Zune Theme

    and at the end of the post : The Zune theme for Windows Vista can be downloaded from this official link.

    Is it for Vista or XP ?

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