How to combine Windows 7 themes
Have you downloaded multiple Windows 7 themes, but you want to combine some of the Windows 7 themes to create one massive Windows 7 theme with all your favorite wallpapers? If so, here’s a quick and elegant solution to combine themes.
You can either combine Windows 7 themes and lose one of them or merge two themes and create a new theme that combines both of the old themes. Instructions below.
Combine Windows 7 Themes (Lose One Theme)
1. First of all open the Personalization Control Panel (Right-click on Desktop => Personalize)
2. Select your 1st Windows 7 theme. At the bottom you will find a preview and a hyperlink called Desktop Background, click on it:
3. Next, remember the path at the top. That is where you Windows 7 wallpapers are currently stored:
4. Open the folder in the Windows Explorer (Windows key + E) and keep it open. (Minimize it to the taskbar, you can later click on the taskbar to maximize the window again)
5. Repeat the steps 1 – 4 for the second theme.
6. Copy the wallpapers of the first wallpaper folder to the second wallpaper folder or the other way around. You can either do this via drag and drop or if you want to do it the easier way, simply select all of the wallpapers in the 1st wallpaper folder via CTRL + A and then copy them into the clipboard via CTRL + C. Then go to the wallpaper folder of the 2nd theme and paste them via CTRL + V.
7. All the wallpapers of the 1st theme are now combined with the wallpapers of the 2nd theme. Obviously, you will lose one of the themes, because you are modifying them. If you don’t want to lose a theme by combing / merging wallpapers, you could simply create a new Windows 7 theme that has two groups of wallpapers. Instructions below.
Combine Windows 7 Themes (Keep Both Themes)
1. Open the Windows 7 wallpaper folder with the official wallpapers. The folder path is C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper
2. Create a folder inside and give it a name.
3. Copy the wallpapers of both your Windows 7 themes into the folder (instructions how to do this are above)
4. Next, open your Personalization Control Panel again (instructions above) and click on the DesktopBackground link of one of your two themes that your want to combine.
5. Now, from the dropdown select Windows Desktop Backgrounds
6. Finally, you will find a set of Windows 7 themes that combines all the wallpapers of your both themes. Click on Clear All at the top and then click on the name of your “merged” theme (name from step 2) to select all of the wallpapers.
7. Click on Save Changes (don’t worry we’re not overwriting one of your themes)
8. You will now have an Unsaved Theme if you followed the steps correctly.
9. Right-click on the theme and click on Save theme and enter a name for your now theme e.g. Combined A + B Theme