Homestar Runner Desktop Theme

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Homestar Runner Desktop Theme

The Homestar Runner Desktop Theme is a desktop theme for Windows 98. It was available for download on's original downloads menu, but the link was removed around the time that the current downloads menu was put up. However, an updated version is downloadable through April Fools' 2014 which adds an alternate version of the Windows Exit song, sung as a duet by Homestar and Strong Bad. The original version can still be obtained via the original URL (which is now a secret page).



  • Wallpaper
    • Original — The H*R symbol on a pale blue background. The image is 277×207 pixels, designed to tile in a repeating pattern.
    • Updated — The coloring-book Homestar wallpaper, also available from the Downloads page. The image is 1024×768 pixels, the "Large" size.
  • Cursor — The wait cursor is Homestar Runner's hat, with a spinning propeller. The regular cursor is unchanged.


  • My Computer — Homestar Runner's head
  • Network Neighborhood — An early "h*r" logo, as seen in Old Intro and Old Intro 2
  • My Documents — Homestar standing in front of a stack of three papers
    • This icon is missing from the updated version.
  • Recycle Bin


These sounds are spoken by Homestar whenever a specific action happens.

  • Minimize window — Awwww...
    • Not included in the updated version.
  • Maximize window — Yay! {could also be "Hey!"}
    • Not included in the updated version.
  • Error — Oops! You bwoke it.
  • Windows Start — Dooon, doodle-ing! Di-Ding ding ding ding!
  • Windows Shutdown{singing} And now the looove that lasts forever has cooome tooo its end.

The following are recorded with Homestar's old voice and included in the updated version, but are not in the original version:

  • Minimize window — You make it tiny!
  • Maximize window — Sooo big!
  • Mail received — Awww, somebody loves you!

Fun Facts


  • The icons for the Recycle Bin are switched. The file for the empty bin is called "homestar bin full", while the file for the full bin is called "homestar bin empty". This becomes apparent when opening the desktop theme file as a text file.
  • The updated shutdown song from April Fools' 2014 is included as an mp3 file, but the desktop theme uses the older shutdown song instead, which is included in the Wave file format. Windows 98 did not have the capability to use mp3-format sounds in desktop themes.

Inside References

Real World References

  • The song Homestar sings for the start up sound is the famous Microsoft Sound by Brian Eno, used as the start up sound for Windows 95.

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