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To Do:

  •  Patch uxtheme.dll via UltraUXThemePatcher

https://www.syssel.net/hoefs/software_uxtheme.php?lang=en

  • Ribbon Disabler

https://winaero.com/download.php?view.18

  • A Theme! Trusted source is DevianArt

https://www.deviantart.com/customization/skins/windows/win10/newest/

I liked to use the following theme + Icon Pack: (I prefer the DarkUI, but it can mess up some applications so I install both in case I need to switch between)

https://niivu.deviantart.com/art/MIKU-theme-for-Windows-10-724477063

https://unisira.deviantart.com/art/WinRemix-iPACK-for-windows-7-8-8-1-and-10-601279163

Install UXTheme Patcher and Ribbon Disabler and then move theme into folder(s)

Notes:

  • ReRun UXTheme Patcher to confirm status = "patched/no need to patch"
  • Themes may come with different "versions" for different versions of windows, extract the zip and look in the folders to confirm you copy the correct folder to themes
  • (THIS IS ONLY NEEDED FOR VERSIONS BEFORE v1703) For dark themes Windows 10 loads defaults from the following registry location after every lock/sleep/hibernate/crash. 
  • Make a backup of that key, take ownership of it, and then delete that whole key (defualtcolors). 

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\DefaultColors] 

Folder Locations:

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\ 
C:\Windows\Fonts\
%SystemRoot%\Web\{Screen=LockScreen,WallPapers} 

Switching Themes:

  • Right click anywhere on the desktop, select Personalize then go down to Themes and find the Visual Style you wish to apply.

Delete DefaultColors.reg:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\DefaultColors] 

Sources:

 

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