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August 7, 2013 at 12:19:42
Specs: Windows 7
Where are desktop themes stored?

Hi all
When I right click on my desktop and pick "personalize" I get a window that has various desktop themes. One of the choices in this window is to go to the Microsoft website to "Get more themes online". I have tried to download a few from there but they are put in various locations that I am not able to access. Does anyone know where the desktop backgrounds are supposed to be stored? One more thing… I am also using ADC (Active Desktop Calendar) which may be part of the problem. Thanks!

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August 7, 2013 at 12:42:19
After you download them, are you opening them? I normally dont even save when I download them, I only open/run them. After you open/run them, they are put in the "My Themes" portion under "Personalization"

You should be able to use ADC with the themes.

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August 8, 2013 at 12:26:15
When I click on "download" I have a window open on my computer that is titled "Save As". The address in the address bar is


Nowhere am I given the option to "Open". My only choices are to "Save" or "Cancel".

Do you have any idea of what I have done? Thanks for your help.

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August 8, 2013 at 14:14:55
✔ Best Answer
change the save as to desktop. at the bottom of the save window pick a name that makes sense. doubleclick the icon from the desktop.

:: mike

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August 8, 2013 at 14:27:31
The themes that are already found on your system are located %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes
That is a more detailed explanation of where they are installed to. Like jpag3074 mentioned they all appear under "Personalization"

Just copy the above path after click on the start button and paste it in "Search programs and files" box. "Themes" should appear. Clicking on it should take you to the current themes displayed in windows explorer that are on your system.

As to where your downloads are going, this can be changed in the "save as" box. You can direct it to save the downloads to your desktop for example.

If you already download theme files and you don't know where your previous ones were saved, just do a search of extension "*.themepack" without quotes. Note the asterisk. before the dot. Hope that helps.

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August 8, 2013 at 16:49:06
Thanks to both of you! It works fine now.

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