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Windows 7: Installing 3rd party themes on Windows 7

05 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Installing 3rd party themes on Windows 7

I am wishing to install 3rd party themes on my Windows 7 x64 and am wondering if anyone has any views/comments on this both good and bad.

I understand that I will need to use 'Universal Theme Patcher' and that it will modify the following files... uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll, themeservice.dll

Of course I will need to make a backup of these files first so where do I locate them?

Could this cause issues in the future if I do this?

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05 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I've created themepacks and installed them with minimal problems. The only real issue is that my custom cursors don't stick and revert to the default Windows cursors when a reboot occurs.
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05 Mar 2012   #3

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

You'll find them in C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64 if you have 64 bit

Here are two tutorials on how to enable custom themes you only need to do 1 of these 2, the first one is a service that runs in the background and you do not need to patch any files, I am using it right now.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

If you need more help let me know.
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