In order to install Windows 7 shell themes manually, you will have to replace the shell32.dll. You basically can follow our guide that explains how to replace the explorer.exe file, but I wanted to give some very precise instructions for replacing this particular file.
Ok, do you guys still remember the active desktop in Windows XP
? Yes? It allowed us to set HTML websites as our desktop background. Microsoft removed this feature in Windows Vista and Windows 7 (due to security reasons?). I was looking for some alternatives and found a few great replacements!
So, let’s say you want to install the latest fancy Windows 7 desktop themes
, then you need to know how to replace system files in Windows 7
! Well, at least if you are interested in modifying the shell and explorer skin, because then you have to replace system files like shell32.dll, explorer.exe or shellstyle.dll.
Do you want to replace the Explorer.exe?
Some Windows 7 themes that you can download on this site will come with a file “explorer.exe”. This is a very important system file, so please be careful, make a backup and follow the instructions closely when you learn how to replace the explorer.exe.