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HOW TO: Use the Windows Classic Theme in Windows XP

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This article was previously published under Q294309
This step-by-step article describes how to make your Microsoft Windows XP desktop look like the desktops in the following operating systems:
Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
Microsoft Windows 2000
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Use the Windows Classic Theme in Windows XP

If you want the Windows Classic desktop feel and functionality, you can change the desktop theme to the Windows Classic theme:
  1. Right-click an empty space on the desktop, and then click Properties.
  2. On the Themes tab, click Windows Classic in the Theme box.
  3. Click OK.
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Change the Windows XP Start Menu to the Classic Windows Theme

To change the Start menu to the classic Start menu:
  1. In Control Panel, double-click Appearance and Themes.
  2. Click Taskbar and Start Menu.
  3. On the Start Menu tab, click Classic Start menu, and then click OK.
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Article ID: 294309 - Last Review: 01/25/2006 00:39:48 - Revision: 1.3

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  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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