How To Install deskthemepack On Windows 7 No Third Party Tool Required

Few days ago, our reader brought up an interesting observation on installing a themepack created from Windows 8 onto Windows 7. Apparently, Microsoft has changed the themepack extension from Windows 7 to deskthemepack in Windows 8 and 8.1. Not sure what’s the reason behind this, but it causes new themes created on Windows 8 or 8.1 no longer compatible on Windows 7. If you try to open .deskthemepack you will get a prompt from Windows telling you “Windows can’t open this file: To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it …”

Here is a quick fix on how to run deskthemepack themes on Windows 7 (no additional tools required)

Since deskthemepack or themepack are essentially just a special zip file, you can use any compress utility to un-compress or unzip themes into a separate folder. In this case I will use 7-zip to unzip the Nov2013Calendar16-10.deskthemepack into it’s own folder.

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Navigate to the location you extracted the file. You will find there is a sub folder called “DesktopBackground”.

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Open this folder will reveal all the images from the theme pack.

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The rest is now simple, all you need to do is to go navigate to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization

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Click the Desktop Background. This will allows you to pick a folder of images to set as your theme.

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You can now navigate to the location previously where you have the DesktopBackground folder extracted and select them as your images.

Jonathan Hu

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Last updated: 08/04/2014

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