[TUTORIAL] How to install 3rd party theme on Windows 7

Universal Theme Patcher applies changes to Windows XP, Vista or 7 that allow you to use unofficial themes and change the way Windows looks.

This is a portable application, which means Universal Theme Patcher doesn't require installation, and also will run from a USB drive. When you run the EXE file, it will first tell you whether you need to apply patches to your system, then a further window opens with three areas, each with Patch and Restore buttons.

These buttons allow you to patch three specific files, which will then allow you to download and use unofficial themes. Each patch Universal Theme Patcher applies will also create a backup so you can return to the original settings whenever you want.
Universal Theme Patcher's interface does have some needless complicated information on display, which may put off beginners, but it's nothing to worry about as it's only the Patch and Restore buttons that are important.
If you want to use unofficial themes for Windows, Universal Theme Patcher is a quick and painless way to make it possible.
Pro and Cons :
- Compatible with XP, Vista and 7
- Makes backup of original files
- Portable
- No help
It is recommended that you create a restore point before installing new software or making any major changes to your computer. See How to create a System Restore Point in Windows 7 and Windows 8

1. You have to download the program first. Click Here / Mirror to download.
2. Run its EXE file and it'll ask you to select the language.

3. Click on OK button and it'll detect the OS and condition of the system files. It'll show you the information and will ask you for confirmation.

4. Click on Yes button. Now you'll see the main interface of this tool. You just need to click on the "Patch" button given for each file :

5. Once you patch a file, the "Restore" button gets activated so that you can restore the default file in future.

6. Restart your system and you'll be able to use 3rd party themes in Windows without any problem.


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  1. After I've patched all three files and restarted, I tried entering the theme but it changes the start menu to windows classic, does anyone know how to solve this?

    1. try again with tutorial and make sure you are running the program as administration


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