Windows 7 Ultimate - Force the use of the classic theme

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To stick to the classic theme under Windows 7 ultimate:
  • Click on Start > Run > Type "services.msc"
  • In the Services window that opens, look for the following entry in the the right pane:
    • "Themes"
  • Double-click on it and set its Startup type as "Disabled"
  • Click on OK to validate.