I was playing around with Windows 7 earlier today, and I stumbled on to something that I had to pass along. Like every other version of Windows in recent memory, Windows 7 comes with some built in themes and wallpapers, and also allows you to use custom themes. What I didn’t realize until today though, is that Windows 7’s themes are regional in nature. For example, I live in the United States, so many of the wallpapers that are available to me by default are photos that were taken at different locations in the USA. If you activate the various international themes though, you can get wallpapers from around the world. Maybe this isn’t such a big deal for some people, but I absolutely love foreign travel, so I got a real kick out of this.
To get to the themes, just open WIndows Explorer and go to \Windows\Globalization\MCT\. From there, there are several regional folders. Open the folder of your choice and then go into the Theme sub folder and double click on the theme file within the folder to activate the theme.