Twenty Fabulous Windows 7 Themes [Visual Styles]

Windows 7 : Themes and Visual Styles

The default Windows 7 theme is pretty cool and you can even personalise it by changing the glass colours. In fact there are plenty of cool themes available online for Windows 7. However, sooner or later you are bound to get tired of the default Windows 7 Aero theme and its numerous variations. Fortunately for us, the modding community has already started developing unique Visual Styles for Windows 7. Here are some of the best Windows 7 Themes or Visual Styles (scroll down for installation instructions):

Usage Instructions

In order to use the above themes you will need to patch the Windows Themes sub-system. I recommend UxStyle by Rafael for patching the system files. If you are not comfortable with modifying core system files you can use AveStyler (it implements in-memory patch).

Most of the themes are available in ZIP or RAR archives. Extract the theme to C:WindowsResourcesThemes(where C: is the partition with Windows Seven). The .theme file should be reside in the Themes folder and not in a sub-folder.

Many themes contain additional files such as explorer.exe. You will need to replace the original explorer.exe file (present in C:Windows directory) with the modded file. There are a couple of ways to do this. Here is the simplest way to do it:
Arrow Take ownership of the file.
Arrow Rename it to explorer_bak.exe.
Arrow Copy-paste the modded explorer.exe file.
Arrow Kill explorer.exe using the Task Manager.
Arrow Click on File->New Task(Run) and launch explorer.exe.

You can also use Replacer for replacing system files. Although it is no longer under active developement, it still works on most occasions.

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29 Responses to Twenty Fabulous Windows 7 Themes [Visual Styles]

  1. sourojit September 14, 2009 at 12:53 am #

    Thank you for the information. They are really cool themes. I will try each one.

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  2. sourojit September 14, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    Before installing the theme I would like to ask that does these themes have any adverse effect on system performance?

    • Pallab September 14, 2009 at 9:41 am #

      No. All of these are visual styles which makes use of Windows Theme Engine. In fact some of them might be lighter as they dont have glass effects and stuff.

  3. Animesh September 14, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    Alas! I don’t use 7. The Seven Aero Shine Blue theme looked wickedly cool.
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  4. Camper Trailers September 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    These are really very nice and cool themes. I will try these. thanks for this info.

  5. Shaunak De September 17, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    I don’t understand why MS does not allow themes signed by other providers? When others are so evidently doing a better job than them!
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  6. Jonny October 18, 2009 at 4:14 am #

    Never used any themes but will have to look into these. Can’t wait for my copy of Windows 7 now!
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  7. Rohit October 26, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    Really cool themes!
    thnkx for sharing ! =)

  8. Tim October 29, 2009 at 5:50 am #

    part of these themes are for Vista and not 7.

    • Pallab October 30, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

      You are right. There are a couple of Windows Vista themes in there. My mistake. Will replace by tommorow.

  9. Chris December 21, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Good themes. instantfundas made another beautiful collection

    http://www.instantfundas.com/2009/12/32-gorgeous-and-unique-windows-7-themes.html

  10. Cashis February 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    you can get even more great themes from:

    http://www.bestwindows7themes.com

    and pop in and say hi in our forums

    http://www.bestwindows7themes.com/forums
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  11. Sajjad May 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    Can I use theme ThaImpact with Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit??

  12. Dan August 4, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Hi Im looking for a cricket theme for windows 7. I would love to find a themepack with heaps of different cricket pictures of players from around the world and team and action photos. Is it possible to change the start icon to a cricket ball? that would be cool. Anyway i fear there is no such theme around at the moment so I was hoping you might be able to give me instructions on how to create my own theme in windows 7 Ultimate 64bit?

    Thanks in advance for any help

    Dan

  13. Computer Tips Tricks September 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Wow what a great list. thanks for sharing dude!

  14. SikiÅŸ September 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Can I use theme ThaImpact with Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit??

  15. e-mail lookup September 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    WOW! These are really sweet themes for windows 7. Wish I could upgrade to Win 7 as soon as possible to enjoy them most!

  16. SikiÅŸ October 3, 2010 at 3:41 am #

    Thank you for the information. They are really cool themes. I will try each one.

  17. azmak January 11, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    This is a great site, and like you said as far as employment: nope… I found that out ;)

  18. used tires January 11, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Some of these themes actually look pretty sweet! I am still on Windows XP for now but in 2011 I plan on making the move to Windows 7.

    -Jean

  19. Arshpreet June 29, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    More than half of visual styles are deleted

  20. sOliver July 6, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Yes, it’s a bugger that many themes are already deleted. A lot of themes on deviantart regularly disappear. Great list anyway.

    I’ve compiled my own mega list of themes, which you can see here:
    http://windows7themes.net/198-best-windows-7-themes-custom-shell.html

  21. Amit June 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    many of the links doesn’t work or fake

    • Amit June 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      tell me how to download these themes

  22. purchase settlements June 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Those are cool themes I have the Gorillaz theme and I don’t think it is available anymore.

  23. computer support August 14, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Thanks!

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