Windows 7 is the first ever operating system by Microsoft with so many personalization options. Also, it’s probably the only operating system out there with thousands of third-party themes and visual styles. Unlike other operating systems, Windows 7 gives full liberty to the user to personalize the operating system the way he/she likes it to be.
A search in Google reveals that there are hundreds of quality third-party visual styles available for Windows. As you know, Windows doesn’t allow users to install new visual styles by default. One needs to install third-party tools to edit or replace original system files to be able to install new visual styles downloaded from the web.
Theme manager for Windows 7
The problem is that most of the visual styles not only let you change the window borders but also the look of Windows Explorer and other areas of the operating system. In order to change the look of Windows Explorer and other areas of the operating system you need to two or three original system files and as you may know, replacing original files isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Thankfully, a new tool has been released to simplify the process of installing new visual styles and replacing original system files such as explorer.exe, shell32.dll and explorerframe.dll.
Theme Manager is a powerful visual style manager for Windows 7 to install, apply, and remove themes from one place.
Installing a third-party visual style is very simple with Theme Manager. Just select files that you want to replace and click Apply Theme button. The tool also lets you take a screenshot of your installed themes so that you can switch between installed themes quickly.
Other than that, you can also revert to the default Aero theme by selecting Aero theme in the list and then clicking Apply Theme button. This tool is similar to the Windows 7 Themes Installer with an additional screenshot feature.
Please note that you must make your Windows 7 system ready for third-party themes by installing UxStyle Core to use this tool. Backing up your system or creating a system restore point is recommended before using third-party themes in Windows 7. If you’re into customizing Windows 7, this is the one of the best and must have tools.
UPDATE on March 21, 2019: Theme Manager is no longer available.
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