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Theme Pack - Create, Save, Install, and Delete

How to Make your own Windows 7 Theme Pack
Published by Brink
14 Jan 2009
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How to Make your own Windows 7 Theme Pack

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A theme pack is a cab file (.themepack) that includes a desktop background, window colors, sounds, screen saver, icons, and mouse pointers (cursors) used to change your Windows 7 theme all at once instead of each individual item.

A theme pack (.themepack) file will allow you to share your theme with family and friends.

This will show you how to create, save, install, and delete a theme pack.

The Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions do not have this feature included in them.


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OPTION ONE
To Make a Theme Pack

NOTE: If you have not already, then you will need to customize your current Windows 7 theme to how you want the theme pack to be saved as by changing the items you want listed below.
1. Change the Desktop Background picture and settings.

2. Change the Window Color and Appearance settings.

3. Change the Sounds for the Windows 7 sound events to any sound file that you would like instead.

4. Change the Screen Saver and settings to be used for this theme pack.

5. Change the Mouse Pointers (cursors) to use pointers of your choice.

6. Save this theme.

7. Proceed to OPTION TWO below to save your customized theme as a theme pack.



OPTION TWO
To Save Current Theme as a Theme Pack File

NOTE: This will save the current customized theme you have running now as a .themepack file with any name you like to any location that you select.
1. Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below)
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2. Under My Themes, click on the Save theme link towards the right. (See screenshot above)
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3. Type in a name you want for this theme, and click on the Save button. (See screenshot below)
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4. Under My Themes, right click on the current theme and click on Save theme for sharing. (See sceenshot below)
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5. Navigate to the location that you want to save the .themepack file at, type in a file name for the .themepack, and click on the Save button. (See screenshot below)
Theme Pack - Create, Save, Install, and Delete-save_theme_as-2.jpg
6. You can now close the Personalization window. (See screenshot under step 2)



OPTION THREE
To Install a Theme Pack

NOTE: This will show you how to install a .themepack file so that it will become your current theme and be available to select in the Personaliztion window under My Themes.
1. Download and save a .themepack file of your choice to your desktop.
NOTE: For example, the Example.themepack file used in OPTION TWO.

2. Double click on the .themepack file to install it on your computer.
NOTE: This will install the .themepack to a folder with the themepack name in the hidden
C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes folder.

3. You will notice that this .themepack file is now your current theme and has been added to the Personalization window under My Themes. (See screenshot below)
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OPTION FOUR
To Delete a Installed Theme Pack

NOTE: This will show you how to delete a theme that you have installed to remove it from the My Themes section in the Personalization windows.
1. Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below)
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2. Select another theme other than the one that you want to delete in the My Themes section. (See screenshot below step 3)

3. Right click on the theme (ex: Example) in the My Themes section that you want to delete, and click on Delete Theme. (See screenshot below)
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4. Click on Yes to confirm the deletion. (See screenshot below)
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5. When done, close the Personalization window. (See screenshot below step 3)
That's it,
Shawn





14 Jan 2009   #1
mansrm81

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/ Windows Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn keep up the good work.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Mansrm81.
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14 Jan 2009   #3
nizaradil

 
 

Thanks Shawn keep up the good work
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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14 Jan 2009   #4
VegasDen

Win7 x64 Ultimate RTM
 
 

Great tutorial.
One question:
Does the screen resolution matter? In other words, if I save a theme using my current resolution (1650x1080) can it be used on others PC's that might have other resolutions?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hi VegasDen,

Resolution settings will not transfer over with the theme pack, only the image itself. When the other person uses the .themepack it will be used with their resolution and other display settings instead.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #6
crazydude007

Windows 7 Ultimate Beta 32bit, Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit, Ubuntu 8.04 32bit
 
 

Nice tutorial. Clear and easy to follow using the links.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Crazydude, and thank you.

Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2009   #8
jeyessh

Windows Vista And installing Windows Se7en now!
 
 

Thanx Bro,
juz now installed seven.
Happy to see ur tutorials are rocking here too
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Jeyessh, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Shawn
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