How to download, install and remove themes from Windows Store

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 14, 2017

The Windows 10 Creators Update ships with options to install desktop themes for the operating system from the built-in Windows Store.

Microsoft introduced basic theme customization options when it released the Windows 7 operating system. These options allowed you to set custom backgrounds, colors, sounds and less than a handful of other customization options.

This made it easy for anyone to change some display features of the operating system, but was far from the customization options that full themes brought to the table.

The very same system, albeit with some minor improvements, is still active in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

Download themes from Windows Store

windows themes

Starting with the Creators Update, Windows 10 users may download themes from Windows Store.

Themes that Microsoft made were previously available on the Microsoft website for download. This changes with the release of the Creators Update, as themes are offered on the Store now.

Unfortunately though, Microsoft decided to hide the themes category on the store. If you open the Windows Store on a system that runs the Creators Update, you won't find themes listed there.

The only option for now to access the themes category is to visit it from the Settings application.

get more themes in the store

  1. Right-click on the Windows desktop and select Personalize from the menu. This opens the Personalization category of the Settings application.
  2. Switch to themes on the left side when it opens.
  3. Locate the "apply a theme" section on the page that opens, and click on the "get more themes in the Store" link there. This opens the Windows Themes section on Windows Store.

The Windows Themes section on Windows Store lists themes with thumbnails, names and user ratings. There is no option to download and install a theme directly from the overview page.

install windows 10 theme

Click on a theme that you are interested in to open its Windows Store page. Additional information, a description, more screenshots, compatibility information, or the author,  are listed on the page.

Click on the "get" button near the top to start the installation process. Please note that Windows 10 won't switch to the new theme by default.

You need to click on launch, or open the themes section of the Settings application again, to apply the newly downloaded theme.

apply a theme

A click on the theme there makes it the system's theme. You can switch to other themes listed there, for instance to go back to the default theme if you don't like the newly downloaded theme that much.

Removing Windows 10 themes

So how do you uninstall Windows 10 themes that you have downloaded this way? You have two options for that actually.

delete theme

First, you may delete any theme that is not used right now with a right-click on that theme and the selection of delete from the context menu that opens. Delete uninstalls the theme from the computer.

The second option that you have is to remove the theme using the application uninstallation menu instead.

uninstall windows 10 themes

Open the Settings application using Windows-I, and switch to Apps > Apps & Features. You can browse the alphabetically sorted list of installed apps and programs, use the search, or sort by installation date to find the installed theme.

Simply select it afterwards, and then the uninstall button to delete it from the system. There is also a move option in case you run low on disk space and want to move all installed themes to another drive or partition of the computer.

Now You: do you run default themes, create your own, or install third-party themes?

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  1. Michael Horak said on November 4, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    These are not comments but Questions.
    Exactly how would you delete a theme that the Windows Store says is installed but does not show up anywhere on your computer? And exactly how would you download a Windows 10 theme from the Microsoft Store with your browser? This is a comment: you could a lot clearer when you tell people how to delete, load and apply themes not to mention how to download themes with your browser and apply them.

  2. Seth said on April 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    A silly question…when a theme has (say) five walls in it, how does one get to choose which of the walls to apply? Sorry for such an elementary question.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      These are usually configured as slideshows, and not single pictures. You can rotate the images however if you like.

      1. Seth said on April 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm
  3. Chris Hoffman said on April 14, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    This site is quickly turning into a How-To-Geek knock off… Maybe you should work a little more on your originality?

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