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  • Change Windows theme via CMD

 #26886  by TheAslan
 26 May 2013, 14:24
Nice tutorial for you guys if you like to change your theme (also known as visual style) by using CMD window.

1. Open CMD

2. Then type:

cd c:\Windows\Resources\Themes

3. Then type:


4. Then type:

rundll32.exe Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /File:"C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\example.theme"',1

5. Like you can see above there reads example.theme, there you have to type the theme you like to use

6. Your theme a.k.a visual style will change

 #26888  by 351837
 26 May 2013, 16:50
Nice one. :perfect:
I used almost same code in Dark Rog theme installer.
Code: Select all rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %SystemRoot%\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:"C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\example.theme"

And you don't need steps 2 and 3 except for seeing what themes you have in Themes folder. ;-)
 #26889  by TheAslan
 26 May 2013, 16:59
I know that steps 2 and 3 are not needed, but I still wanted to add those steps too in this tutorial for those who doesn't know that much about computers, and sometimes when you have a dozens themes there it's very hard to remember that one you would like to use, that's why steps 2 and 3 are sometimes important.