How To Install Custom and Microsoft Themes on Windows 10 (4 Ways)

Windows is one of the most customizable operating systems of all time! Users can install third-party skins or visual styles without any effort to change the overall look and feel of Windows 10.

Follow through to know in detail how you can install these from Microsoft’s site or custom themes from DevianArt or

What you need to know about Themes

Before we start the process, you must know about the different kinds that are there for Windows 10/Windows 11.

What You Need To Know About Theme Packs

Microsoft provides its users with a huge selection of layouts that you can get from the App Store. The best part is that these have a good collection of wallpapers and sound effects.

Moreover, independent designers have created limitless designs and visual effects. The sky is the limit.

How To Install Microsoft Official Themes

This is a fairly simple process. You can get your favorite ones from the Microsoft Store.

Install Microsoft Official Themes

  1. In the first step, you must open the “Microsoft Store” and search for them.
  2. You can select any of your choices hit the “get” button to install it.
  3. After this, you need to open “settings”, under the “personalize” section click on “themes”.
  4. Download one shall appear in the correct section automatically.

Method #2: 

  1. In the first step, you must get the desired design from the site.
  2. Once done, you need to double-click on “.themepack” file to add it to the library and apply it immediately.
  3. These can also be applied from the personalization menu. All you need to do is click on the space on the desktop background and select “personalize”.

Here, users can choose a new layout from the pane on the left or even make their adjustments to the existing one, like changing the font style, background and even the colors.

How To Install Custom Theme Packs

As version 10 only allows the easy installation of digitally signed ones from Microsoft, installing custom designs is complicated. But don’t let this put you off our methods are very easy.

Before we begin, we suggest our readers create a restore point or an image backup. Once the backup is there, you can move to the following steps.

Install Custom Theme Packs

  • In the first step, you must download and install the (UltraUXThemePatcher).
  • Once done you need to restart your system. Won’t take long!
  • Get a 3rd party layout from DevianArt or any site of your choice.
  • After this copy and transfer this to C:/Windows/Resources/Themes.
  • Then it would be best if you opened “Control Panel”, under “appearance and personalization” click on “Change”.
  • You can now get it quite easily.

Make sure that you apply the correct version based on the version of your OS installed on the system.

AlSO TRY: Turn Windows 10 into Dark Mode with these theme packs.

Install with UltraUXThemePatcher (Recommended)

Use UltraUXThemePatcher

If you somehow feel adventurous, then you can get these as well.

  • In the first step, you need to create a “backup”, using one that does not match can nuke your system, and there is probably a non-eligible chance of that happening. Having a restore point is always good but image backup is better.
  • You need to download and install the UltraUXThemePatcher.
  • You need to find them from various trusted sources like DekiSoft.
  • Copy these files into C:/Windows/Resources/Themes. If it carries designs for different builds, you need to ensure you are using the right one. Find the build by clicking on “Win + R” and typing “Winver” into the command line.
  • After this, select the one you want to apply there from the Control Panel’s personalization menu.

ALSO TRY: Aesthetic and Simple Rainmeter Skins that are gorgeous.

Only use trusted sources for your files

A security researcher has shown how these designs and packs can be used to steal account passwords. In this, all the user does is activate the weaponized file which can be shared by email attachment or a link, and then a credential prompt shall be displayed.

This depends upon a user who switches around and loves to experiment and shall be using a Microsoft account rather than a local one. Now, if you are a fan of its customization, then you can share the ones you have created or use one that others have.

We suggest you think twice before getting these as they are not created with security in mind.

These come in with the added risk of potential attacks or more services like email. We suggest you use two-factor authentication for the services being offered.

We advise you not to get tempted by the lure of any pretty desktop. Just choose one and stick to it and avoid switching plus do not click on links on which you are not 100% sure.

RECOMMENDED: Custom Windows 11 Themes that look gorgeous. 


That is all folks, you should have learned how to install a custom theme on Windows 10/11. This includes the official ones and the DeviantArt collection, too! My personal favorite is the gaming edition as it signifies Alienware.

Don’t forget to share your desktops in the comment section.

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Lee White
Lee is currently a full-time writer at DekiSoft that is eager to discover new and exciting advancements in Technology, Software, Linux and Cyber Security. Lee has spent the past 18 years working as an Systems Engineer providing support for various operating systems and networks. When not at his desk or writing, you will find him tinkering with retro tech.

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