What Is a Themepack File?

How to open, edit, & convert Themepack piles

A file with the Themepack file extension is a Windows Theme Pack file. They're created by Windows 7 to apply similarly themed desktop backgrounds, window colors, sounds, icons, cursors, and screensavers.

Some Windows themes use the older .theme file extension, but those are just plain text files. They describe colors and styles that the theme should have, but plain text files can't hold images and sounds; theme files just reference images/sounds that are stored elsewhere.

themepack files in Windows 7

Windows stopped using .themepack files in Windows 8 and replaced them with themes that have the .deskthemepack extension.

You can download free themes from Microsoft in both the .themepack and .deskthemepack formats.

How to Open a Themepack File

Themepack files do open in Windows 8 and Windows 10, just as they can in Windows 7. This is done by just double-clicking or double-tapping the file; another program or install utility isn't necessary for the files to run.

The newer .deskthemepack files are not backward-compatible with Windows 7, which means that while .themepack files can open in all three versions of Windows, only Windows 8 and Windows 10 can open .deskthemepack files.

Windows uses the CAB format to store the contents of Themepack files, which means they can also be opened with any popular compression/decompression program, the free 7-Zip tool being one example. This won't apply or run anything inside the Themepack file, but it will extract the wallpaper images and other components that make up that theme.

If you have a THEME file that isn't a Windows theme, it may instead be a Comodo Theme file used with Comodo Internet Security and Comodo Antivirus, or a GTK Theme Index file used in GNOME.

If you find that an application on your PC tries to open the file but it's the wrong application or you'd rather have another installed program open it, see our How to Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How to Convert a Themepack File

If you want to use a .themepack file in Windows 8 or Windows 10, there's no reason to convert it because they're already compatible with those versions of Windows just like they are with Windows 7.

However, you may want to convert a .themepack file to a .theme file. You can do that with the free Win7 Theme Converter. After you load the file into that program, place a check on Theme output type and then select Convert.

If you want to use the newer .deskthemepack files in Windows 7, the easiest thing to do, instead of converting the .deskthemepack to a .themepack file, is to open the .deskthemepack file in Windows 7 with the free Deskthemepack Installer tool.

Another option is to open the .deskthemepack file in Windows 7 with a file zip/unzip tool, like the 7-Zip program mentioned above. This will let you copy out the wallpapers, audio files, and anything else you want to use.

The background images in a .deskthemepack file are stored in the DesktopBackground folder. You can apply those images to Windows 7 as wallpapers like you would any picture, through Control Panel's Personalization > Desktop Background menu.

If you need to convert the wallpaper images or audio files into a different file format, use a free file converter.

  • How do you uninstall a theme pack on Windows 10?

    Go to Windows Settings > Apps, scroll down, select the theme, and click Uninstall. After it has uninstalled, go to Windows Settings > Personalization > Themes, right-click the theme and select Delete to completely remove it from your computer.

  • How do I create a theme pack for Windows 10?

    Right-click a blank area of the desktop, select Personalize, and go to Themes. Select a background, accent color, Windows sound, and mouse cursor. Click the Save theme button, enter a name for the theme, and click Save.

  • How do I transfer my theme pack to another computer?

    You can only export custom themes. Right-click a blank area of the desktop, select Personalize, and go to Themes. Right-click the theme you want to transfer, select Save theme for sharing, enter a name for the file, and save the theme to your desktop. Transfer the themepack file to the other PC and then open it to install it there.

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