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Theme Manager - Windows 7 by bickelk Theme Manager - Windows 7 by bickelk
Just a note that as of 8/05/2012 development of Theme Manager is no longer continuing. This includes both the 4.x and 5.x versions. With Windows 8 only a month away I figure it is time to move on. The 4.x versions of this program are considered stable and you may continue to use them as is. The 5.x versions never reached a final release however the most recent release candidate works well and is only missing the blur feature. Thanks for all your support and I hope that you have liked this program.

A new version (v5) of Theme Manager is in the works. It contains a completely new UI.
For information go to this [link]

Theme Manager allows you to install, apply, and remove themes all from one location as well as changing the Windows logon background. Support for screenshots is also included so you can view themes before applying them.


Current Verison = 4.0.4

A full change log can be found at this [link]

All versions support 64-bit Windows.
Version 1.1.2 and higher support 32-bit Windows.

Do not use on Non-English systems.

I recommend "UxStyle Core" for that. Here is the [link]

I've gotten some reports that after installing Windows 7 SP1 and then using this program the Aero Basic theme will be enabled.
This is almost always fixed by reinstalling UxStyle Core or whatever patcher you happen to be using. After that it should function just fine.


How to use Theme Manager:

Installing themes:
In the tab for each included theme file, check the box and browse to the file (drag 'n' drop is also supported). When all components are selected click "Install Theme". The theme will be added to the list on the right

Applying a theme:
Select the desired theme in the theme list and click "Apply Theme". The screen may flash a few times while loading the theme.

Removing a theme:
Select the desired theme in the theme list and click "Remove Theme". You cannot remove the currently applied theme.

Restoring Windows Defaults:
Select the "Aero" theme in the theme list and click "Apply Theme".

Reseting Theme Manager:
Note: This removes all installed themes and applys the Windows Defaults.
While in Theme Manager press the "Ctrl+R" keys on your keyboard. Select "Yes" on the pop-up warning.

Export a theme as a tmzip file:
Select the desired theme in the theme list. Press the "Ctrl+E" keys on your keyboard. The tmzip file will be created on your Desktop.

Import a theme:
Press the "Ctrl+I" keys on your keyboard. In the file selection window, find and select the .tmzip file to import.

View or Take screenshot:
Press the Expend key (the long button on the very right side) to open the screenshot pane. If a theme is selected its screenshot will show.
To take a screenshot, Apply the theme and with its name selected press the button below the screenshot viewing area.
Double clicking on a screenshot will expand it to see more detail.


The first theme you apply will automatically require a system restart. After that only themes that change the current shell32.dll or OobeFldr.dll in place will require a system restart to fully apply. Anything else is applied immediately with no restart required.
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Given 2010-08-30
Theme Manager - Windows 7 by ~bickelk is the ultimate and most useful application in order to easily browse, manage, install and apply Visual Styles in windows7. definitely a musthave for those who are frequently switching their system's appearance.
( Featured by OtisBee )
InitializingDesigns Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  New member
ATTENTION!!! THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 7! ***DO NOT*** USE THIS WITH WINDOWS 8 OR 8.1!!! I had to learn this the hard way, but using this program with Windows 8 or 8.1 corrupts a vital file in the Windows Explorer program, which is used to run the desktop, Start menu, taskbar and basic functionality (interface) of the OS. Thankfully I had enough computer knowledge to fix this.

If you are on Windows 8 or 8.1 and have run this program, and now your OS is all messed up, follow these steps:
1.  Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete, then select Task Manager
2.  From there, click File > Run new task
3. Type "cmd.exe" in the box, and check "Create this task with administrative privileges"
4. From the black window that opens up, type: sfc /scannow
5. It'll take a while, but once it's finished, it should say a reboot is required, so press Ctrl-Alt-Delete again, click the power icon in the lower right, then click Restart. Your computer will restart, then it'll work again.

bickelk Please put this in the OP, it's good to let other people know if the program will mess up their system.
bickelk Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
The title of the page is "Theme Manager - Windows 7". Guess I figured that made it clear that the program is meant for Windows 7.
tidakasli Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  New member Hobbyist Interface Designer
could someone tell me how to make a skin/theme that with extention .exe?? please i interested to make theme :)
wildbuffalo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
I tried patching a theme and my whole explorer disappeared i tried rebooting and cant log in now or boot into safe mode im trying to boot to usb on windows 8.1 to repair system files idk if it will work though any suggestions?
InitializingDesigns Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  New member
See my comment at the top.
RynerFeruna Featured By Owner Edited Sep 8, 2014
could i ask you something?

when I started the program, in the menu, the "Browse" button couldn't be clicked..
so, How to fix it anyway?

My first thought was "Uuh, yes!"
Then I saw "Do not use on Non-English systems" xD
So, there's no way around that, is there?
Ian-Eder Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
HusseinHorack Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But I can still use it?
bickelk Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Yes. Why wouldn't you be able to?
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