Where are Windows 7 themes, sounds, wallpapers, icons, cursors stored?

If you want to replace themes, sounds, wallpapers, icons and cursors you need to know where they are stored. Here are all important folders to customize Windows 7.

Where are Windows 7 themes stored

Tip: If you only want to apply Windows 7 themes, sounds, wallpapers, icons or cursors and don’t need to modify any files, you should read our tutorial how to install themes instead

Windows 7 Themes Folder

There are two different types of themes, there are .themepack files and .theme + .msstyles

  • If you only want to apply sounds, icons, wallpapers, cursors you need to know where .themepack files are stored.
  • Should you want to apply new shell themes that modify the look of Windows 7 itself, then you need to know where the Aero theme is stored.

Themepack themes: C:\Users\[yourusernamehere]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes
Themepack files folder

Shell themes: C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
Shell Themes Folder

Windows 7 Sound Files Folder

The sound files in Windows 7 are stored at C:\Windows\Media

Windows 7 Sound Files

Original Windows 7 Wallpaper

The original wallpapers are stored at C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper

Are you looking for the wallpaper that are used in the default Windows 7 themes, e.g. Architecture, Characters, Landscapes, Nature, Scenes and Windows?

Windows 7 Wallpaper Folder

Icons Location

The Windows icons are stored in the file C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll


If you want to modify the icons in Windows 7, you will need a program like IcoFX or IconViewer to view them and a tool like ResourceHacker to modify them.

Cursors Location

All of the Windows 7 cursors are stored at C:\Windows\Cursors

Windows 7 Cursors Location

Published: Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 Last Modified: October 26, 2010