How to Install Third Party Themes on Windows 7

Do you want to install custom or third party themes on Windows 7 system? Then follow the instructions written below to learn the complete process to do that.

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Before proceeding further you must know that Microsoft does not permit to install custom themes on Windows systems. So, here is a utility called Universal Theme Patcher which patches three DLLs as uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll and themeservice.dll to make this possible to install third party themes on Windows 7.

Universal Theme Patcher works for Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7, both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) systems.

How to Install Third Party (custom) Themes on Windows 7



Download Universal Theme and extract it


Open “Universal Theme Patcher” unzipped folder there you will find “UniversalThemePatcher-x64” and “UniversalThemePatcher-x86”. So, choose any one of those to install according to your system requirement.


After completing installation process Universal Theme Patcher window will get open where it gives option to patch uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll and themeservice.dll files automatically by clicking on “Patch” button followed by each file, so do that to go further.

Note: If any problem occurs by patching up the files then Restore all three files to their previous state through “Restore” buttons.


Restart your system.


Download any third party theme for Windows 7 and unzip its folder and open it.


Copy “.theme” file and its “theme folder to %windir%\Resources\Themes folder.


Now, right click on Desktop click “Personalize” option, it will open Personalization where you will find your newly added third party theme, ready to apply.

Now, try it out and install any custom theme on Windows 7 system and enjoy.

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1 comment… add one
Junie January 13, 2011, 4:48 pm

Since i read your article, i’ve just installed custom themes on my windows 7 system and changed several times.

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