Windows 7 Themes Changer

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 23, 2010
Updated • Aug 9, 2016
Software, Windows 7

Windows Themes Installer for Windows 7 and Vista is a free program that simplifies the installation of custom theme installations.

Microsoft has changed the way themes are perceived in Windows 7. Windows users can now create, save, distribute and install themes in the operating system.

These themes are on the other hand similar to features that users of previous Windows operating systems had, and many users feel that Microsoft should have gone a step further.

Third party themes, those that change many aspects of the operating system including system fonts, taskbar, graphics, icons and basically any other element, can only be installed after system files are patched in the operating system. These system files lock the core elements of the operating system so that no unsigned themes can be installed.

Windows Themes Installer

Windows Themes Installer for Windows 7 and Windows Vista changes this. The comfortable software program makes the theme installation process simpler. It offers options to install and manage third-party themes on supported versions of Windows.

The software program patches system files automatically that block third party themes from being installed. It comes with an option to restore the original files if the user decides to go back to one of the original themes of the operating system.

New themes can be installed by selecting them from the list of available themes, and clicking on the Apply Theme button. It is furthermore possible to select a theme file from the local computer system. This comes with additional options to load a modified explorer.exe, oobeFldr.dll, ExplorerFrame.dll and Shell32.dll. Third-party themes often make use of modified files for added capabilities.

New themes sometimes provide access to these additional files as well. A click on the Install Theme button installs that theme and adds it to the list of installed themes listed by the program.

Users may remove themes that were installed previously, and click on the restore default system files button to undo those changes.


Windows Theme Installer offers an absolutely easy and foolproof way of installing third party themes in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Windows users can download the program from The Windows Club website. Windows 7 themes can for instance be found on Deviant Art.

Note that the program will modify system files in the process. If you don't like that, you can make use of a program like UxStyle instead which offers the same functionality but without modifying any system files on Windows.

This is done by loading the changes to memory only without affecting any files of the system.

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  1. Peter said on March 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Please correct the link to DeviantArt – it points to The Windows Club at the moment. Thanks.

    1. Martin said on March 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm


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