How to delete Windows 7 themes?

How to delete Windows 7 themes Installed too many Windows themes? This is a quick tutorial that will teach you how to delete them and you’ll also learn more about the themes folder location to delete multiple themes at once.

“Pro” Tip: If you don’t have a collection of 100’s of Windows 7 themes, you can delete Windows 7 themes one by one.
Warning: Before you delete any themes, especially 3rd-party themes, make sure you make a backup of the most important styles.

Personalization Panel: Delete Windows 7 Themes One by One

1. Step Right-click on your desktop and click on “Personalize” in the contextual menu.

2. Step Find the the theme that you want to delete, right-click on it and select “Delete Theme”:

Delete Windows 7 Theme

Important: You can’t delete Windows 7 themes that are currently selected. So, make sure that you change your theme first if you want to delete the theme that you are currently using.

Batch Delete Windows 7 Themes Via Theme Folders

You can also delete multiple Windows 7 themes at once. If you know the folder location of your Windows 7 themes, you can simply select all of the themes and delete them for good.

Themes Folders:

  • C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes (.themepack files)
  • C:\Windows\Resources\Themes (3rd-party themes)

Delete .themepack/3rd-party Themes

  • a) *.themepack
  • b) 3rd-party shell theme

1 a) If you want to delete a .themepack theme, go to the folder

  • C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

1 b) If you want to delete a 3rd-party shell theme, you have to go the folder

  • C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

2. Step Select the folder of your theme AND the .theme file (they will both have the same name):

Select and Delete Windows 7 Themes

3. Step Press “del” and confirm with OK.

If you are not sure if the theme weather the theme that you want to delete is a .themepack theme or a 3rd-party shell theme, I’d say it’s a simple .themepack theme, so go for 1a) first.

Published: Saturday, March 29th, 2014 Last Modified: April 6, 2015

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