How to Install Custom Themes and Visual Styles in Windows
As a Windows user, you are probably familiar with the default theme and visual style that comes with your operating system. However, did you know that there are a ton of custom themes and visual styles that you can install to give your system a personalized look? Installing these custom themes and visual styles in Windows is not only easy, but it can also be a fun way to customize your PC to fit your unique style.
In this article, we will guide you through the process of how to install custom themes and visual styles in Windows. But before we get started, it’s important to note that some third-party theme and visual style files may contain malware or adware. Therefore, it’s essential to download these files from trusted sources only.
Step 1: Unlocking the Custom Themes Feature in Windows
By default, Windows only allows you to install themes that are digitally signed by Microsoft. However, to install custom themes and visual styles, you need to unlock this feature. To do so, you will need to download a small program called Universal Theme Patcher.
Once you have downloaded the program, open it, and select the “Patch” option. The program will patch three DLL files within Windows to enable the installation of third-party themes.
Step 2: Finding and Downloading Custom Themes and Visual Styles
After unlocking the custom theme feature in Windows, the next step is to download the custom themes and visual styles you want to install. There are many websites out there that provide free custom themes and visual styles. However, as mentioned earlier, it is important to download from a trusted source to avoid malware or adware.
Once you have found the custom themes and visual styles that you want to use, download them to a folder on your computer.
Step 3: Installing Custom Themes and Visual Styles
Now that you have downloaded the custom themes and visual styles, it’s time to install them. To do this, you will need to navigate to the downloaded file and extract it to a folder on your computer.
Next, open the extracted folder and navigate to the “Theme” folder. Here, you will find a file with the extension “.theme.” Double-click on this file to apply the custom theme to your Windows system.
If the theme you downloaded doesn’t have a “.theme” file, it may have a different installation process. Some custom themes may come with an installer file, which you can run to install the theme. Others may require you to copy the theme files to specific Windows directories manually.
Step 4: Applying Visual Styles
Visual styles change the appearance of Windows, including its taskbar, windows, buttons, and icons. To apply visual styles, you will need to download and install a third-party program called UXThemePatcher.
Once you have installed the program, you can download and install visual styles the same way you would custom themes. Download and extract the visual style files to a folder on your PC, and then move them to the “Visual Styles” folder in the Windows directory.
Next, go to the “Personalization” settings on your PC and select “Themes.” From here, select the custom theme you installed earlier and click on “Windows Color” to apply the visual style you just installed.
Installing custom themes and visual styles in Windows is an easy way to personalize your PC and give it a unique look. By following the steps outlined above, you can install custom themes and visual styles in no time. However, it’s essential to download these files from trusted sources to avoid exposing your computer to malware or adware. With these precautions in mind, you’re now ready to start customizing your Windows system to fit your unique style!