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Windows 7: Default themes

07 Oct 2009   #1
RA5C

Windows 7
 
 
Default themes

How do I delete them and all of their components?


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07 Oct 2009   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

on the 'personalization' page you can just right-click on an unslected theme and 'delete theme'.

wallpapers are stored in 'c:\windows\web\wallpaper' and sound files in 'c:\windows\media'

you may have some additional wallpapers in 'c:\windows\globaloization\mct'

happy pruning!
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07 Oct 2009   #3
RA5C

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
on the 'personalization' page you can just right-click on an unslected theme and 'delete theme'.

wallpapers are stored in 'c:\windows\web\wallpaper' and sound files in 'c:\windows\media'

you may have some additional wallpapers in 'c:\windows\globaloization\mct'

happy pruning!
It's my experience that your method only works on themes that I have modified and saved. Right clicking an MS supplied theme doesn't even bring up a context menu on my Win7 Ultimate installation.
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07 Oct 2009   #4
Kukag

Windows 7
 
 

Yes from my understanding you cannot delete Aero Themes nor Basic and High Contrast themes only "My Themes" Correct me if I'm wrong!!!

Thanks,
Kukag
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07 Oct 2009   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RA5C View Post
How do I delete them and all of their components?
why would you want to?
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07 Oct 2009   #6
RA5C

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RA5C View Post
How do I delete them and all of their components?
why would you want to?

Because, I find the themes I want to delete to be ugly, wasteful of HDD space, and I want them gone. After all, it is my computer, not Microsofts and the themes themselves are not intrinsically necessary to the operating system. Their removal couldn't hurt anything. I'd gladly trade all their damned thems for Outlook Express.
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07 Oct 2009   #7
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

RA5C first follow this tutorial. Then if you want to disable the theme service and use the classic theme of yesteryear, go to services and stop then disable the Theme service then reboot.
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08 Oct 2009   #8
RA5C

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
RA5C first follow this tutorial. Then if you want to disable the theme service and use the classic theme of yesteryear, go to services and stop then disable the Theme service then reboot.

I don't want to disable the themes service. I want to delete the Architecture, Characters and Scenes themes. I want to keep the rest of them.

I've already deleted the wallpapers, and non-Aero cursors. Now I want to get to the point where the 3 themes don't show up in the Personalization dialog.

Apparently this task is just too difficult to accomplish. Perhaps, after the OS is in wider use, someone will figure out a method to delete the Windows supplied themes, Aero and otherwise.
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02 Dec 2010   #9
hazmatnz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Default Windows themes are stored in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\
Wallpapers are in C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\
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