How To Install Windows 7 Custom Themes

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Are you bored with the same old genuine looks of your system? Don’t you want some refreshed and fancy look on the windows? If yes, then why don’t you install some good looking inwrought themes for your windows?

No matter if you use Windows 7, Windows 8, Vista or XP, you can always make your windows look better and attractive any time following the easy steps. Yes, you can do that easily just by downloading beautiful themes on your system.

There are several resources available to download pretty and cool themes for the latest version of Windows. But Windows 7 doesn’t allow us to install third-party themes by default.

So in order to install windows 7 custom themes, you will need to patch system files using 3rd party software.

Confused? Don’t be. I will explain to you how! Below, I will let you know which utilities should be used, in order to make windows 7 to install third-party themes.

Once you know the methods to patch the system files, you can download and install countless amazing and beautiful looking themes easily.

I am quite sure after reading the complete guide you will get to know both the methods, one to tweak the system files and second and the most important i.e Installing the themes.

Let’s begin the guide!!  

How to Install Windows 7 Custom Themes

Downloading Windows 7 custom themes is quite easy. You can download it from many sources available.

The main barrier between modern themes and our computer is the installation procedure since our windows system doesn’t support custom themes.

Windows allow only themes, that are signed by Microsoft. If they are from the different source they can not be loaded on our windows.

So to install windows 7 desktop themes, let’s learn to install the software. Below, I have shared two most working utilities. Download and install them on your system first and then head to the next part i.e installing custom themes to windows.

Follow the guide described below and make your computer liable to load third party custom themes on windows. Below, I have covered some of the patches which you will need to download.

UxStyle: This is one of the best solutions! Download UxStyle from clicking here. This is the easiest and the safest utility which can be downloaded in order to enable third-party themes on Windows.

This Utility is mainly designed for windows 7 and works better there, however,  you can try it on Windows 8 as well but I guess that won’t be much safe for windows 8 as it has not experimented there.

Download UxStyle and extract the .zip file, and run the x64 installer if you’re using a 64-bit version. Or x86, if you’re using a 32-bit version of Windows. While downloading it, you will see the below screen.

Once you will complete the installation, it will enable the third-party themes. And you will be able to download any theme of your choice.

Another utility is UltraUXThemePatcher. This is another easy application that modifies uxtheme.dll. UltraUXThemePatcher is a very small lightweight utility that works in almost all the Windows versions including Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 etc.

This can also be used to enable our system to install third party themes. Now once you have installed the utility to your system, you are now ready to download custom themes. Follow the below guide to learn the installation procedure.

Step 1: First of all download your favorite custom theme you want to keep on your windows. Maybe the theme you download is the in.rar format. So to open that you will need to extract it.

Step 2: Once you have downloaded the theme, copy it and paste all the files to Themes folder.

You can get the Themes folder on C document.

Go to My comuter> then c:\ document and after that go to Resources. There you will see a folder Themes go to that.  [C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\]

This is the folder where all the themes are located and each theme has its own subfolder. So to install any theme, you will have to copy all the extracted files into the Themes folder.

Step 3: Once you have done the installation procedure completely, double click on the .theme file and it will apply the theme to your window. Or you can do it manually as well by going to your desktop personalization.

windows 7 custom themes

While you go to personalization you will see the new theme along with all the previous theme right in the theme section.

Right-click on the desktop and click on the last option that is, personalize. You will see a screen similar to the new screen displayed below.

Select the theme and apply it on your system. Now I guess there is no need to tell you the procedure of  applying theme on the desktop. Do I?

Well, this is the simplest way to apply custom theme on the windows. Most people get confused about the sources to find the themes. If you are also one of those who struggle to find the new elegant looking themes for windows then Visit here. Here you can get various different themes and designs.

And one more thing, before you download any third-party theme, make sure you download it from reputed sources otherwise you may put your system in the risk. So while downloading themes be careful.

With this, we are reached by the end of the article. Now download your favorite and beautiful windows 7 custom themes on your windows and make the system look more attractive.

For any query or suggestion drop the comment below. Also, If I have missed out something or you have any other better way to change the themes on windows 7, the comments section is all open.

Moreover, if you enjoyed the guide try sharing it on your all social media platforms. Always remember sharing is caring.

If you share this guide on socials, it would be easier to find the guide by the other people who are willing to download the third party themes on their laptops but are unable.


A graduate of the IIMC, Diksha enjoys testing out new tech products and services. Her goal is to help others make more informed purchases of tech products and services. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and listening to music. An ardent reader loves to be surrounded by technology.

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