Windows 7: Unsaved Theme Bug

Windows 7 themes not working Every time you modify a theme, Windows 7 will save your modified theme as an unsaved theme. This is normal and not a bug. However, if this happens without editing the theme on startup, you might want to read about a few common issues here.


Try saving your unsaved theme as a new theme (right-click, save) and see if your theme keeps changing back to an unsaved theme. If it does, there is something modifying your theme or your theme might even be corrupt.

As reported here, if your Windows 7 theme keeps changing it’s very often a 3rd-party tool that is causing this! Try to disable all desktop goodies like virtual desktops or other applications related to Windows 7 themes and wallpapers.

Dont Disable Aero, Disable Various Tools You Have Installed Recently

1. Disabling Aero can cause problems. Also make sure that you have the latest graphic drivers!

2. StepAnother issue might be 3rd-party tools that modify your desktop and cause your theme to appear as an unsaved theme. BGInfo, one of the SysInternals tools that you can use to display your IP address or MAC address on your desktop, is known as a problematic program.

  • DISABLE: Multidesk, Acer Ferrari Wallpaper, BGInfo and all tools that modify your desktop.

3. StepTry to create a new user account and see if the problems persists.

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3 Responses to Windows 7: Unsaved Theme Bug

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Wayne Gray said:

    I had a problem of saving unsaved theme (win7). When I tried to save, I kept getting unsaved theme again. Tried plenty of things until I realized what the problem was. You must delete the file “custom” from AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\… problem solved.

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Darth McCoy said:

    Sorry … Aero’s on, no 3rd party BS. It’s a bug. It is extremely common and as of yet … unanswered.

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    RobertB said:

    On my m/c, the problem seems not to be a Windows7 bug, it’s the ATI/AMD desktop manager, HydraVision, a component of AMD Vision, the equivalent of the old Catalyst Control Center.
    Disable Hydravision unless you’re using it and your personalisation settings will be stable. What was happening was that every reboot caused an ‘Untitled Theme’ to be created by Windows; the wallpaper setting would revert to a single static wallpaper rather than a slideshow.
    As noted in the article, equivalent desktop managers from other makers may have the same effect.

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