Want to install custom themes and visual styles on Windows 10. We’ve got you covered with our guide on installing custom themes and visual styles in Windows 10.
One of the best features of the windows operating system is the ability to install custom themes and visual styles. Your desktop’s wallpaper and the visual styles matters a lot. Especially if you spend a lot of your time working from your computer. When it comes to visual styles, many people prefer a darker version, since it not only reduces strain on the users eye, at the same time it reduces electricity consumption.
Microsoft does provide free themes for Windows 10. However there are very limited and not everyone would take a liking for those free theme. Also most of the free windows 10 themes from Microsoft are based on the default visual style for windows 10. Adding to that Windows 10 only allows you install themes which have been digitally signed by Microsoft, or simply the ones that are provided officially by Microsoft.
So if you really want to change the default visual style of windows 10. You will have to go for third party Windows 10 themes. Now this is something that Microsoft strictly advises against, because first of all windows 10 allows allows you to install digitally signed themes from Microsoft. And secondly, If you download and install an third party theme or visual style form an unverified source, chances are you computer might get infected with viruses or malware. But if you know where to get it from, there are a few places on the internet where one can download clean Windows 10 themes and visual styles. The most popular among the is Deviantart, a community moderated site for artists. I have listed the other reputable sites at the end of the post.
Here’s how you can install custom themes and visual styles in Windows 10.
Step 1: Download and Install UltraUXThemePatcher
As I said before, Windows 10 will only allow you to install digitally signed themes from Microsoft. So in order to be able to install custom themes and visual styles in windows, you will have to install a third party tool called UltraUXThemePatcher. Once installed, this tool will allow you to install third party windows 10 themes.
Note: This application make changes to your system files, this can lead to unexpected problems or total breakdown of Windows!
Download UltraUXThemePatcher from the link provided below.
Run UltraUXThemePatcher with administrator rights.
Reboot your PC once UltraUXThemePatcher is installed.
Step 2: Download Custom Windows 10 themes and Visual styles.
Once the UltraUXThemePatcher is installed, you can go ahead any download any Windows 10 theme you like from Deviantart.com. Here’s a quick link for Windows 10 Themes on Deviantart.
Step 3: Install the custom Windows 10 theme and visual styles.
Installing custom themes on windows is not similar to how you install programs and apps. In order to install a custom theme or visual style in windows 10, you will have to copy the theme or visual style folder (containing a .theme file and a folder containing .msstyles file) in the windows installation drive.
Paste the theme folder in the following directory: “C:\Windows\Resources\Themes”
You can then double click on the.theme file or simply apply it from the desktop properties.
That’s it and the Windows 10 theme or visual style will be applied to your windows 10 desktop.