How to Download and Install Windows 7 Themes

This brief tutorial will show you how to download and install new themes for your Windows 7 PC.

Though Windows 7 includes lots of “eye-candy” that previous versions of Windows didn’t, it can still get a little dull using the same theme day and in and out. Here’s how you can download and install new themes for Windows 7 –

  1. The screenshot below illustrates the default theme in Windows 7.
  2. default Windows 7 desktop theme
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  3. If you’d like to change things up a bit, try downloading some other themes directly from Microsoft. Just head over to the Microsoft Desktop Themes page.

    Select one that you want to try. Remember – you can always change back to the default theme (or any other) whenever you’d like. So trying out a couple of themes is a good idea. For this tutorial I opted to install the “Cats Everywhere” theme.

  4. the Windows 7 Cats Everywhere theme
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  5. Save the file to your Desktop or Downloads folder.
  6. saving themes to the Windows 7 downloads folder

  7. Once the download has completed, locate the file and double-click it.
  8. double-clicking a file in Windows Explorer
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  9. The theme will install itself and the Personalization section of the Control Panel will open. You’ll notice that your newly installed theme is now the one selected – and that theme is the one that Windows 7 is now using.
  10. the Personalization section of the Control Panel
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  11. As seen in the screenshot of my desktop below, themes can change the appearance of Windows 7 quite nicely.
  12. Windows with a non-default theme
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  13. If you ever decide you’re bored of one theme and watch to switch to another, just right-click an empty space on your Desktop and select Personalize.
  14. the Windows 7 Desktop right-click context menu

  15. Once again the Personalization section of the Control Panel will open, and from here you can select a different theme to use.
  16. changing Windows 7 themes in the Control Panel
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  17. That’s it! Happy customizing!

Once you’ve found a theme you like, you can also configure Windows to stop other users from being able to change your theme.


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