Can I put the Windows XP Luna Theme on Windows 7? Will it work? Will it cause damage?
As far as I know there isn't an official luna theme for Windows 7 from Microsoft.
You should be able to try them out safely and change back to the default theme easily if you want to.
No, the Luna theme from XP is not compatible with Windows 7. In fact, other than basic themes which are stored in
Themes that include custom UI forms and textures are stored as resources in DLL files with the extension
What is a problem is that the chrome (ie, the UI) has changed somewhat significantly from XP to Vista and 7, and even though a lot of it is the same and even uses the same identifiers and API constants (for programmers), the fact is, that it has changed enough, that the old themes are just not compatible anymore, and Microsoft chose not to bother trying to force backward-compatibility.
Using an incompatible theme does no damage, it just detects the theme as “corrupt” and uses the Windows default. You can test it for yourself by copying both the
As yurib said, you’ll have to find a third-party theme specifically designed for Windows 7 that reproduces Luna.