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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 )
Shadow--Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Download lots of high-quality themes from -…
Foxryke Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
I tried using it, and after it said to restart to finish installing the theme, Windows won't start. It says atbroker.exe, Explorer.exe, and task manager have application errors. Anyone know if this can be fixed?
Khurune Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Cheers dude, programs still going strong.
InitializingDesigns Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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  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?
BlueWolfRO Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is only for windows 7
InitializingDesigns Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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?
sal69martinez Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
How do you download Theme Manager? 
sal69martinez Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
The right side of this page brings a lot of different types of downloads except for Theme Manager.
bickelk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
On the right side of this page is a Download button
CalistoFR Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
When I select a file .dll, .theme, ... I have the same message : All checked items must have files selected. 

But I do not know what this message means turns.

Can you help me ?
bickelk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
If you got through and open the tabs along the top (Theme, Explorer, OobeFldr, etc...) one of them must have the checkbox checked without any file selected next to it.

If you don't have a file for that option then just uncheck it, otherwise select the file by clicking browse.
PINKIEDIANEPIE15 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
is there gonna be have a 86bit winndow 7?
acid993 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
i died.
bickelk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
If Microsoft ever makes an 86-bit version of Windows 7 then I will get back to you.

As for 32-bit and 64-bit, both are supported.
luckyducky6592 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
altacbori Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He probably meant x86, don't eat him up yet.
Even if he didn't, remember, even Windows doesn't have an idea with how many bits will they make their OS's.
"We will never make a 32-bit operating system."
gOdyneS Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
non english only.. CLAP CLAP CLAP
bickelk Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
You have it reversed. This program is only meant for English language systems.
mapamo123 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
the comments ive seen are mostley negative, and it seems that this wont run on win7 32bit....
bickelk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
This program does work for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. It is however limited to systems where the primary language is set to English.

Theme Manager has over 114,000 downloads plus 18,000 more for the v5 RC. It has received a daily deviation here on DeviantArt and has been reviewed and well liked on many customization sites. Yes, there are bad comments but most of those are due to unsupported non-English systems or from installs where the person did not also patch the system files before running Theme Manager. Those having problems running a program will always be more vocal about their experience than those whom it ran fine for.

Before attempting to undermine someones work on a project with your unhelpful comments why don't you message me and ask for helping running this program if you had trouble. And if you didn't try to run it, then you have no right to post these negative comments in the first place.
Silenia-DarkSinz Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Meh. No Like button for your comment. ;)
Sammoo1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Do you have one for Windows 7 x87 (32 Bit) 

I have a bunch of themes I would like and the tutorial I am on now says it needs this one but I downloaded it and it does not work for my system.

charlesmilette Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
does this replaces the aero theme or you can choose a theme from customize menu?
bickelk Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
The default Aero theme with still be available to choose from the selection menu.
ulukaiorenji Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
when i click [Apply Theme] it comes a error on my win7 ultimate 64bit:

System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Der Zugriff auf den Pfad wurde verweigert.
  bei System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
  bei System.IO.__Error.WinIOError()
  bei System.IO.File.Move(String sourceFileName, String destFileName)
  bei Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO.FileSystem.RenameFile(String file, String newName)
  bei Theme_Manager.Form1.btnApply_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnClick(EventArgs e)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.Button.WndProc(Message& m)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
  bei System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)
bickelk Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Not supported on non-English systems
ulukaiorenji Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
ok, would have loved to install it ^_^
but win98 style on win7 is also ok
thanks for the message
ITACHILOVELESS Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Ajhothot Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it is ont downloading properly 
i mean it is getting stuck half way :( help ?
BlacKxHavoK Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
where can i find the "logon" file?
bickelk Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
It is optional. It is just a jpg file under a certain size that replaces the background on the logon screen. Use any picture you want as long as it fits the file size limit.
Psychybrid Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
strange enough, it worked fine on my russian system. :p
misterdaylove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Thanks for this beautiful app!
kapil48 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
there is an error coming for me that the access to the path C:/windows/synative...... is denied or something why is it happenning to me???? pls help
owenr48 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Very lovable
DevastatingGFX Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
i want it 32bit... but the download is 64.... where i find 32 ?
bickelk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
The program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit. One installer for both.
masterg313 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Why do i get this message when i start theme manager? A theme application has already been started. A system restart is required before another theme can be applied.

What can i do to get rid of this message so i don't have to restart my computer every time i want to change my theme.
masterg313 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
By the way i forgot to put in that i did do the patch.
Aderic Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Whered you go to get Win8 themes?
chrishern702 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks =p
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