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Published: June 10, 2012 | Applies to:

This article will illustrate you the ways using which you can delete default themes in Windows 8 or later.

By default, Windows have some themes that makes to look your PC better. They provide us different looks and sensation. However if you are customization lover, you might have used third party themes or personalization themes released from Microsoft. If that is the case with you, the default theme will be obviously useless for you.

[How To] Delete Default Themes In Windows 8

In this article, we’ll tell how to remove these useless default themes. So here we go…

Basically there are 3 types of default themes:

  • My themes
  • Aero themes
  • Basic and high contrast themes

As far as My themes are concerned, you can delete them via right click option on particular theme and select Delete theme.

Delete Aero Themes

1. Type following location in Run dialog box (press Windows Key + R):

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

2. Now take the ownership of theme files and allow them to full permissions and delete them manually.

Windows (Aero) – aero.theme

Nature (Aero) – theme1.theme

Delete Basic & High Contrast Themes

1. Open Run dialog box (press Windows Key + R):

C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes

2. Pick the theme you want to delete, take its ownership and allow full permission to it.

Windows Basic – basic.theme

High Contrast #1 – hc1.theme

High Contrast #2 – hc2.theme

High Contrast Black – hcblack.theme

High Contrast White – hcwhite.theme

P.S. : Please make a copy of theme file at another location before deleting it.

That’s it!


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