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Awhile ago I enabled Classic Mode on my PowerMac G5 to allow it to run pre-OS X software. Classic Mode isn’t perfect isn’t perfect, but it works pretty well, and does throw in a couple of nice visual tricks like an OS 9 loading screen and the old style Mac OS menubar. I thought I’d take this a step further and get some OS 9 wallpapers installed to this machine.

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There’s a few ways to go about this. If you have a computer running OS 9, you can just transfer the wallpaper files from there, or you could download them from the web. I decided the best option for me was to extract them from an OS 9 install disk.

To do this, I used a program called TomeViewer. TomeViewer is itself a Mac Classic app, compatible with all Mac OS versions between System 7 and OS 9. Fortunately for me, it also seems to run flawlessly in Classic Mode.

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A quick web search yielded a few download sites for TomeViewer, so I downloaded and installed the app. Once that was done, I did a bit of prep work and created a folder to extract the wallpaper files to.

Now it was time to extract my wallpapers. I inserted the OS installation disk in the computers optical drive and fired up TomeViewer.

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Selecting “Open” from the app’s file menu…

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…presents a dialog to navigate to the tome archive you wish to extract files from. Use the drop down box on the top of the dialog for navigation. On my system, the path was “Desktop->Mac OS 9.2.1->Software Installers->System Software->Mac OS 9.2.1.” This path led to  the file “Installation Tome.” Double click the file name or click the “Open” button to open the archive to select files for extraction.

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This opens a dialog allowing you to select which files to extract. All of OS 9′s wallpapers are in the JPEG format. If you click on the label for the “Type” column, the files in the archive will be sorted according to file type. Do so, then scroll down to all the now neatly clustered jpeg files. Hold down the shift key and click and drag the mouse along the jpeg files to select them, then select “Expand” from the Archive menu.

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This opens a dialog to allow you to choose where to extract the files to. Just like before, use the drop down at the top of the dialog to navigate folders. I’m going to choose the folder I created earlier, “OS 9 Wallpapers.” When you are ready, click the “All” button.

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TomeViewer extracts the files. With that done you can go ahead and close TomeViewer and check out your new (old) wallpapers. Command or right click the desktop and select “Change desktop background” from the context menu. You can use the “Choose Folder” option to navigate to the folder where you extracted wallpapers.

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I think “Capsule” is my favorite…

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