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Software Requirements 

All desktop theme are for use with Windows ME, Windows 98 or Windows 95+Microsoft Plus!, (or a similar Desktop Theme management program as Desktop Architect) and they're designed for computers set to at least 800 x 600 resolution and at High Color (16 bit). All zip files require a zip program capable of handling long filenames as Winzip. If the theme contains MP3 sound files, you will also need 'Media Player' in order to use this theme. If you have purchased the new Windows 98 or ME already, some of you probably already know that it comes with Microsoft Plus unlike Windows 95. One drawback is that it will not be installed if you choose Typical installation. So you will have to choose either custom installation or add it later by using the Add/Remove function. 

MPEG Layer-3 in Windows 95/98
If you have not upgraded to Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.1 or higher, use the Add/Remove Programs tool to install Microsoft NetShow Player 2.0: Click
Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add/Remove Programs.On the Windows Setup tab, click Multimedia, and then click Details. Click to select the Microsoft NetShow Player 2.0 check box, click OK, and then click OK. If Microsoft NetShow Player 2.0 is not an option on the Windows CD, you will need to download it.

Installing Startup/Shutdown Screens
Here are the file names and their proper places: 
Startup Screen: C:\logo.sys 
Wait Screen: C:\Windows\logow.sys 
Shutdown Screen: C:\Windows\logos.sys 
To install the Startup/shutdown screens you must set your folder options to view file extensions and to view all files. Go to
My Computer / View / Folder Options. Then click the View tab. Under Files and Folders, uncheck Hide file extensions for known file types, and under Hidden files, select Show all files. Then click Apply. This way these files will become visible. The first thing to do now is to back up your original screens, copying them into a new folder where they can be stored in case you need to reinstall them. (There was no logo.sys shipped with Windows 98. In order to restore the original startup screen, delete logo.sys from the root directory of C:\ and the original screen will reappear.)
Now, going back to your startup files, check the file names and make sure they are correctly named. If they are not, rename them. If they are, move logo.sys into your root directory, (usually C:\) Then move logow.sys and logos.sys into C:\Windows. Restart your computer and the logos should work. 

Installing Screensavers
Most of the screensavers that you download separately from the desktop themes are packaged in a zip file. Some of them are more than the simple .scr file that windows requires to run the screensaver, so you will usually install the screensaver like any other program you download, that is, that you extract all the files from the .zip file and run the setup.exe included. However, most of them are just .scr files, and need to be extracted to C:\Windows. Once they are there, you can enable them by double clicking on
My Computer, then double click on Control Panel, then on Display, then click the tab that says Screen Savers and select the new screensaver from the drop down list box that you find there. You can then click on Settings to configure the screensaver (if applicable) and on Preview to test it. 

Installing Fonts
Some themes come with fonts supplied, and they are easy to install. Regardless of whether you are installing a font that you downloaded on its own or one that came with a theme, you will first extract the font file into a temporary folder. You then copy the font file (.TTF) into C:\Windows\Fonts. This method, for some reason, is more reliable than extracting it straight into your fonts folder. 

All of my theme packages bring a comprehensive text file with further information on their topics. Your comments & suggestions are always welcome!