The themepack (popularly known as theme) feature was first introduced with Windows 7, and has been part of the latest Windows 10 version as well. A theme or themepack usually include a bunch of beautiful wallpapers and window border color. Some themes or themepacks also include desktop icons, screensaver, and sound scheme.
A themepack or theme is not easily accessible as right-clicking on desktop and clicking personalize option no longer brings the classic Personalization window in Windows 10. That said, the stripped down version of Personalization window is present in Windows 10, and can be used to create, install, change, and delete themes.
We have already shown how to change the default theme in Windows 10 as well as how to create your own theme in Windows 10. In this guide, we will see how you can download, install, and delete themes in Windows 10.
To install a theme or themepack in Windows 10
Step 1: Download a theme to install in Windows 10. You can visit the personalization gallery page of Microsoft to download over 250 beautiful themes for Windows. Themes released for previous versions of Windows also support Windows 10.
Step 2: After downloading a theme, double-click on the theme file to install and apply it. Alternatively, you can right-click, and then click Open option to install and apply the theme.
To delete a theme or themepack
Depending on the number of pictures, a theme or themepack might weight from a few MBs to tens of MBs. If you have tens of themes installed, you can free up hundreds of MBs by deleting a few themes.
If you want to delete one or more installed themes, follow given below directions.
Step 1: Open Control Panel by typing Control Panel in Start menu or taskbar search box and then pressing Enter key.
Step 2: Change the Control Panel view to Small icons (see picture below). Click Personalization to open Personalization window.
Step 3: Right-click on the theme that you want to delete and then click Delete option to delete the theme.
Please note that it’s not possible to delete the theme which is currently in use. If you right-click on a theme which is currently being used by Windows, you will see Save theme and Save theme for sharing options only.
To uninstall the currently applied theme, apply any other theme by clicking a theme, right-click on the theme that you want to delete and then click Delete option. Also, it’s not possible to delete default themes that are offered with Windows 10.
To change the current theme to a different theme
If you have tens of themes and want to switch to a different one, complete the given below instructions.
Step 1: Right-click on desktop and click Personalize option to open Personalization section of Settings app.
Step 2: Click Themes. Click Themes settings link to open the stripped-down version of the classic Personalization window.
Step 3: Click on a theme to apply the theme. Once you apply a new theme, you will see the new desktop background, window border and title bar color (if you have enabled color for title bar).
Our how to extract wallpapers from themes guide might also interest you.