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28 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How Do I use custom themes in Windows 7?

Hello, I just wanted to know how to use custom themes in windows 7. I have the retail version (not beta) if that matters.

And also, where can I get themes?

Thanks!

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28 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello EvilHugbear,

This may help.

Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes
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28 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you! What is the chance of this breaking anything? And if it breaks is it easy to fix?

Sorry for so many questions.
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28 Nov 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. There's always a chance for something to go wrong an mess things up. I would recommend that you at least create a restore point before doing this in case you need to do a system restore using that restore point later. This way you can easily undo it if needed.
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28 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, gonna try this before I go to sleep tonight
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28 Nov 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I hope it goes smoothly for you.
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28 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I see in some themes that I need to take ownership of explorer.exe. How do I do this? In vista I had something where I could right click and do that, is there something similar for windows 7?
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28 Nov 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You should use the tutorial in my first post above for how to use those type of themes.

The tutorial below for Vista for taking ownership of a file is still the same method used for Windows 7 if needed.

Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums
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29 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello, I downloaded this theme (Gaia09), and the theme works great, but when I try to replace the explorer.exe in C:\Windows it says destination folder access denied ( I have a picture ) even though I added the right click ownership registry file and taken ownership for the file and folder.

Does this registry file not work for Windows 7?


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29 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Take ownership of the C:\Windows folder (%windir%).
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