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Batch Script: Backup Your Windows 7 Themes Manually Or With One Click

Appdata Local Windows Themes_ll If you don’t want to lose your fancy Windows themes, I suggest you schedule a task to backup all themes on a weekly basis

Why You Should Back Up Your Themes

Many people are still reluctant when it comes to making backups of their important files – ok, Windows 7 themes might not be THAT important, but a good backup strategy includes your important as well as well as your personal files and settings. Make sure to work on your backup and disaster strategy – it will save you a lot of time, frustration and money

Backing Up Themes Manually

1. Step First go to C: and create a backup folder e.g. C:\BackupThemes or whatever you want to call it

2. Step If you want to backup only your .themepack themes, head right to C:\Users\Oliver\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes (replace Oliver with your own username)

3. Step If you can’t see the AppData folder you may have to unhide it. Unhide it on Windows 7 or unhide it on Windows 8 – both will help you to make it visible

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4. Step There is another folder you might want to backup and that is the Roaming Themes folder which includes your current slideshow config file and wallpapers called TranscodedWallpaper

C:\Users\Oliver\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes
C:\Users\Oliver\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

5. Step Additionally, if you have any custom 3rd-party themes, you need to backup the following directory

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

6. Step Select all folders in those location via CTRL + A and copy them to the folder we created C:\BackupThemes

Backup Themes Automatically Via Batch

The easiest solution to backup your themes on a daily or weekly basis is to simply let a batch file do the work.

Open a notepad editor and copy and paste the following commands


xcopy /s /Y "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes" "C:\BackupThemes"
xcopy /s /Y "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\" "C:\BackupThemes"
xcopy /s /Y "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\" "C:\BackupThemes"

I tested this on Windows 8 again and you need to use an elevated command prompt to copy the themes folders. With that being said, it is possible to schedule a task with elevated rights and make this all work. A tutorial on scheduling a task with elevated rights will follow shortly, but you should find it without problems in the Windows task scheduler

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Published: Saturday, October 26th, 2013 Last Modified: October 26, 2013

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