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Windows 7: Enable Hidden Themes

16 Apr 2009   #1
Orbital Shark

Enable Hidden Themes

I don't know if anyone has posted similar so i'll post anyway

I've found out how to apply the hidden global themes. For example I have the 'United Kingdom' theme accessible from the Personalize (right-click desktop) option as seen in [Pic1]. I have found all the native themes for Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States & South Africa.

SEE ALSO: Themes - Regional

Step 1, in explorer, change folder & search options as shown in [Pic2]

Step 2, in explorer, navigate to C:\Windows\globalization\MCT as shown in [Pic3]. Here you will see multiple directories, in the search bar type 'theme' and you will be presented with a list of findings. Ignore the directories and highlight the theme files, right-click & select copy (quick key Ctrl+C).

Step 3, still in explorer, navigate to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes as shown in [Pic4]. Then right-click & select paste (quick key Ctrl+V), UAC will ask confirmation if enabled, just continue.

Step 4, change the folder & search options back to default & close explorer. Then right-click the desktop & you will see that there are now 5 new themes under Installed Themes as shown in [Pic5].

NOTE: You will no boubt already have 1 of the above mentioned themes so you can just choose not to copy it in step 2. If this is the case then Step 4 will show 4 Installes Themes.

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Updated Info:

I have located the registry key which controls which global themes are shown within 'Aero Themes'. If you right-click the desktop you only get 1 global theme based on your location (United Kingdom, South Africa, United States, Canada & Australia).

There is a very simple method with which to add all the above to the 'Aero Themes' section rather than as 'Installed Themes'. Just run regedit and navigate to


an add the following string values (edit->new->string value)

1, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-AU\Theme\AU.Theme
2, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-CA\Theme\CA.Theme
3, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-GB\Theme\GB.Theme
4, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-US\Theme\US.Theme
5, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme\ZA.Theme
Note   Note
1 of these will already be listed in your registry, just add the 4 that aren't

Now, whenever you richt-click the desktop & Personalize, you will have the above listed themes showing as 'Aero Themes'.

New Regional Themes:

Microsoft now has the themes available for download Here

Thanks to SeattleMike for the link

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16 Apr 2009   #2
Orbital Shark


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16 Apr 2009   #3
Orbital Shark


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16 Apr 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

thanks for these
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16 Apr 2009   #5


are wallpapers or themes
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16 Apr 2009   #6
Orbital Shark


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ollie007 View Post
are wallpapers or themes
They're both.

You only need to copy the theme files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2009   #7
Orbital Shark


hmm, i now have the extra 7106 wallpapers & themes (in the correct directories) but i'm not sure on the max upload limit on this site. The file is just over 7MB so if a moderator is watching maybe you could answer.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2009   #8


rapishare or mediafire
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16 Apr 2009   #9
Orbital Shark


I've not got an account
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2009   #10


hmmm no need LOL
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