Tired of the glitz and glamour of your brand-new OS? Bring it
back to the good old days with our Commodore 64 theme for Windows
Way back in the Mesozoic period of computing (also known as the
early ’80s), we didn’t have slick little netbooks or big, powerful
desktops. Businesses generally had UNIX servers or ancient
mainframes driving terminals at users’ workstations. Home users had
a choice of a few systems that bore little resemblance to the array
of computers for sale today, and one of the most popular models was
the beloved Commodore 64.
The makers of the C-64 included a hard-coded copy of BASIC right
on its internal ROM so you wouldn’t have to boot from a 5 1/4″
floppy diskette like most PCs. The machine had a generous 64
kilobytes of memory, and you loaded programs into it from a tape
drive–eventually to be superseded by a painfully slow floppy disk
drive (the legendary 1541).
This theme pack recreates the look of a C-64, only on a slightly
newer platform: Windows 7. It contains three backgrounds that give
an authentic look at the familiar old C-64 screen. It also has
desktop icons for your User folder (a miniature C-64 screen); your
my Computer link (a C-64 computer), and Recycle Bin (that 1541
floppy drive–the green LED illuminates when the Recycle Bin
contains something). The Window colors recreate the beige C-64
casing, and the System font should look familiar to any C-64
It’s easy enough to install–just download the .THEMEPACK file,
double-click on it, ignore any scary Windows 7 alerts (we promise,
this file is innocuous), and let it fly. The theme doesn’t contain
any sound because unless you actually told the Commodore 64 to make
noise, it was a pretty quiet machine.
Make sure your Computer, User and Recycle Bin icons are visible
when applying the theme.
–Joel Durham Jr.