How To Easily Install/Apply Third Party Themes In Windows 7


Unlike Windows XP, both Windows Vista and Windows 7 come with a beautiful Aero visual style. Most users on Vista and Windows 7 would never want to go for third-party themes as the default set of visual styles are simple yet beautiful. But users who have been using Vista or Windows 7 may get bored with the default look and want to install some third-party themes.

There are several cool and beautiful themes available for the latest version of Windows. But Windows 7 doesn’t allow you install or apply third-party themes by default. To avoid any security issues, Windows simply doesn’t let you install third-party visual styles. You need to patch up Windows files (system files) to be able to install and apply third-party themes in Windows 7. To be exact, you need to edit themeui.dll, UXInit.dll, and uxtheme.dll files.

Install Third Party Themes In Windows 7

Don’t worry though, there are free tools out there to automatically edit these protected system files with a click. As most Windows users don’t like to play with system files, Windows enthusiasts have come up solutions to edit protected files and enable installing third-party visual styles in Windows 7.


Install third-party themes in Windows 7

Complete the below instructions to edit the above mentioned original system files to allow third-party themes support in Windows 7:

Step 1: Download UxStyle Core from here. UxStyle Core is a free tool that edits  themeui.dll, UXInit.dll, and uxtheme.dll files.

Step 2: Run the program, accept the agreement and simply click install button to complete the installation.

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Step 3: Reboot your computer. Note that UxStyle Core has no user interface.

Step 4: Download your favorite Windows 7 theme and then move all the files to %windir%\Resources\Themes (C:\Windows\Resources\Themes, where “C” is your Windows 7 drive) folder.

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Step 5: Double-click on the Windows Theme File to apply the theme.

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Step 6: Enjoy with the new Windows 7 theme.

Note that some visual styles come with automated installers to automatically edit system files and then install the visual style. If you have downloaded a visual style with an automated installer, you can simply ignore above mentioned steps.

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Dylan Austin


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