While I was poking around Microsoft.com recently looking for information on preparing drives for cloning (which turns out to be overkill, see my article Migrating a Hard Drive), I ran into their Downloads page.
While I was there, I found that Microsoft’s New Zealand office had uploaded a bunch of great photos that are suitable for Windows Desktop use.
Don’t trust the file sizes or the .jpg labels — these are 3.6MB .bmp files — big, uncompressed bitmaps. Gorgeous, too!
In order to download the pictures, you have to (once again) validate your copy of Windows XP.
In www.microsoft.com’s downloads section, you can download the huge BMP files. Actually, I’m not sure these are better quality than the JPG’s would be – they just may be huge because someone converted them from jpg to bmp files (bmp are not compressed files).
If you go directly to the Microsoft New Zealand site, you can download the smaller JPG files. That site is http://www.microsoft.com/nz/windowsxp/downloads/nzbliss.mspx
After you’ve had a chance to ogle these landscapes for a while, you can download the Images of Ireland desktop theme.