how to install 3rd party windows 7 themes ?

If you ever downloaded windows 7 theme directly from Microsoft, you must be knowing that the theme’s file free download windows 7 themesextension is .themepack. But 3rd party windows 7 themes has the file extension .theme and usually comes with a whole folder of files. For installing 3rd party or unsigned themes windows7 themes you will have to patch three dll files – uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll and themeservice.dll. so lets see how you can patch these files.

Its always a good to take a Backup, before editing or modifying any thing. To take backup goto “system32” folder (C:\Windows\system32\) and backup the following 3 dll files:


Once you backup all the above files, follow the steps given below:

# 1. Download ‘UXStyle Core‘ and install it. This software will create a new process called “UnsignedThemesSvc.exe” that will be running in the background and will allow you to run 3rd-party themes.

# 2. Download and Install ‘Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package’.
Download for: Windows x64 | Windows7 x86.

# 3. After Installing both the files, reboot your PC.

# 4. Changing Windows Explorer: You can also change the Start Button, to do so you need to download start button changer.

# 5. Now to install 3rd party themes, you have to copy the complete folder of the theme that you downloaded to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes.

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