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Windows 7: THEMES

07 May 2011   #1

windows 7 32 bit build 7600

does third party themes really can cause damage to operating system?

like changing the:
*start orb
*log-on screen
*transparent (glass) windows

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07 May 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

No they can't. Once,when I was using XP,have installed Vista Pack,and after removing it,some icons,and effects have stayed. I don't have any problems since now. I was using a lot of Windows themes,and my pc has been working great.
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07 May 2011   #3
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Generally speaking, no, they don't cause damage. There could be issues if they are not applied correctly, but anything that could go wrong should be easily fixed with a SFC scan.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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24 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

nope,except you're playing with the system's files
but generally,there aren't themes which messing with system's files,except the transformation packs (like StalkeR said)
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24 May 2011   #5

Windows 7

As others have said, if you apply your customisations correctly then you shouldn't have any problems.

These days most decent third party styles come with detailed step-by-step instructions, so just make sure you follow them explicitly, or avoid them if documentation is poor. Take the time to properly research the theme you are interested in, and any issues others have experienced. If you install a custom style, and it involves changing any system files such as imageres.dll, always, always, reboot after each individual change.

When installing certain Windows updates, you find you either can't, or when rebooting you find the default Logon screen and/or Start Orb has been returned to the system default. I've come across this scenario a number of times and suggest the best practice is to return the aforementioned to their defaults, before applying any major updates or patches. Then after you have rebooted, apply your custom choices again...
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