This post is to help you get your installed packages working automatically when Emacs 24 starts. If you don't know much about packages in Emacs 24, Google for it. I installed several packages and themes but found they don't work upon starting Emacs 24. If I load them manually, they function with out issue. To fix it, I added (package-initialize) to the very top of my .emacs file and right after my elpa load path. (add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/elpa") ;; add elpa load paths (package-initialize) With these in place, I managed to make all my installed themes and packages available to me right when Emacs starts. No more "can't find this file" errors.