Windows: how to install a custom theme?

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Install a custom theme on Windows 10, 8.1, 7 and Vista. The ideal solution for those who are tired of the routine. But, if you don't know how, the process can be laborious. We explain how to do it very simply! 

Comment install a custom theme on your Windows computer ? Basically, Windows allows the use of Visual Styles since Windows XP but limiting itself only to those designed by Microsoft. The good news is that you can bypass this limitation. Enough to allow you to opt for truly innovative customized themes that will upset your vision of Windows!



How to allow the installation of a custom Windows theme?

The first step is to successfully “trick” Windows. Your system will normally try to verify that you intend to install a theme designed by Microsoft. Normally, for this, you would modify a file named: uxtheme.dll. But, a much simpler solution exists.

  • Click on the link to install the UltraUXThemePatcher application
  • Install and launch the app
  • Restart your computer for the change to take effect.

This method works with Windows 10, 8, 7, Server 2008, Vista, Server 2003, and XP whether your computer is 32 or 64 bits. So there's no excuse for it not working!

Where to find a good custom theme to install for Windows?

This is probably the main difficulty. First, you have to find the theme you need and then make sure it is not a virus or does not contain malicious software. Indeed, since there are no official sites, you will have to turn to more informal sites. The simplest solution is undoubtedly to turn to the Deviantart creation site. There is more than just Pokémon and Game of Thrones drawings!



You can find the themes adapted to different Windows at the following addresses:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista

Be careful, when decompressing it, do not hesitate to check with an antivirus so as not to take any risks. In any case, you will need to use Winrar type software.

How to install your custom theme for Windows?

The folder with your new theme is now on your computer. What should you do with it now? It's simple as hello ! Just open the following folder on your computer:

  • C: WindowsResourcesThemes
  • Drag the folder and the various files of your new theme into it.

You will probably be required to enter your administrator password. Also, make sure that the .theme file is at the root of the folder. A double click on this file is then enough to activate your new theme. Please note, if this includes modifications to fonts or icons, additional modifications will be necessary. Go to the .readme file that is included in your theme to read all the details on how to proceed.

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