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There is a great ambiance theme for wine and windows that I use. But when I create a new wine prefix (or use PlayOnLinux to do so) it uses the default ugly grey-and-blue windows 95 theme.

Is there a way to change wine into automatically using my own theme, i.e. the ambiance theme for new wine prefixes?

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Unfortunately Roland is right, you are probably best doing this manually at the moment.

However, it is possible to change Wine's system-wide default registry settings by editing /usr/share/wine.inf -- this is the registry that new Wine Prefixes get created with. I'm not sure how to add a theme in there, although you could look at the registry of a current Wine install after you change the theme for hints.

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there was a recent life hacker article about changing wine themes.

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – stephenmyall Aug 14 '12 at 15:50

You cannot make wine use this theme automatically, due to limitations in both Wine and Playonlinux. If you look into your ~/.Playonlinux directory you will see that there are wine versions downloaded by Playonlinux, but unfortunately, the format they are in doesn't make it possible to apply a theme in this manner.

Your best bet is to apply the theme to your prefixes manually after installation, and possibly to make a request on the Playonlinux forums for such a feature.

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