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Access Hidden Themes in Windows 7

Windows 7 offers a good assortment of themes to customize the feel as well as the look of your computer. Windows 7 features particular themes which are based on the location and the language you select while you install the Windows 7. You can look for the location-specific theme in the Personalize menu. You just have to right-click at any place upon your computer desktop. You will be able to get the couple of themes according to your location.



Other than the location specific themes which you get by default, you can access hidden themes in Windows 7 which are offered to other regions. So the default themes which you get according to your region are not the only themes you can use. It is possible to access hidden themes in Windows 7 very easily in your system. This is what you have to do:


  • Click Start.

  • In the search box of the Start menu, type C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT.





  • Your Windows Explorer will show you a window with additional themes. These will be from Great Britain, South Africa, Australia and Canada.





  • You have the option to select the wallpaper only or you can install the whole theme if you want.





  • You will be able to install the entire brand-new theme by double clicking on the required file.





  • The new theme you add will show under “My Themes” within the “Personalization” pane.



You can also download many themes for Windows 7 from different website including the Microsoft official website. But you should first try to customize and access hidden themes in Windows 7 as you might not feel the need to download additional themes from elsewhere after that.

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Microsoft windows 7 has default 5 theme but Windows 7 beta 1 build 7000 onwards has several hidden & locked themes provided for regional countries such as Australia, Canada, Great Britain, United States and South Africa.Since these hidden themes are installed along with your Windows 7 installation you can unlock/unhide these hidden Windows 7 Themes for regional contries. Below are three deferent methods to get Windows 7 hidden themes.
Screenshot of Default Windows 7 Themeswindows-7-default-themes.jpg Method 1: Steps to Unlock & Unhide Windows 7 hidden locked Themes1. Unhide the Windows 7 System and Protected Operating System files from Windows explorer -> Organize -> Folder and Search Options -> view tab
2. Navigate to C:WindowsGlobalizationMCT.
3. Open a MCT-(AU, CA, GB, US, or ZA) folder for the regional theme that you want.
NOTE: AU, CA and ZA regions all have the same themes though.
4. Open the Theme folder in the selected region folder.
5. Select the .theme file to use it.
NOTE: Once you select a .theme file, Windows 7 will save it so that you will be able to change or select this theme again from within the normal Personalization window location.
6. Hide the Windows 7 System and Protected Operating System files.
7. Enjoy your new regional themes!!
Method 2: Using windows 7 Search (Simplest Method)1. Go to Windowswinsxs Directory
2. Search for *.theme.
winsxs-themes.jpg3. Double click themes with name in the format of XX to apply and save the theme.
Method 3: Registry Entry1. Open notepad and copy past the following lines
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionThemesInstalledThemesMCT]
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-AU\Theme\AU.theme”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-CA\Theme\CA.theme”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-GB\Theme\GB.theme”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-US\Theme\US.theme”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme\ZA.theme”=””
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerWallpapersKnownFoldersWindows WallpapersMergeFolders]
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-AU\Wallpaper”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-CA\Wallpaper”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-GB\Wallpaper”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-US\Wallpaper”=””
“%windir%\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Wallpaper”=””
2. Save file as allregional.reg on desktop.
3. Double click on allregional.reg to add above registry entry.
4. Now you can access all Windows 7 Hidden & Locked Themes via right clicking on desktop and personalize settings.
We have created allregional.reg file for you, Download allregional.reg and run it on your machine and access hidden Windows 7 Themes instantly.
Screenshot of Unlocked – Unhide Windows 7 Hidden Themesunlock-unhide-windows-7-hidden-locked-regional-themes.png

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