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Easily install unofficial themes on Windows 7 with a free program

Windows 7 offers plenty of personalization options already, but there are some nice unofficial (and unsigned) themes out there that you can't install without a little tinkering. Normally that requires downloading and patching several Windows .dll files, and it can be kind of a pain in the butt -- especially if you're not the DIY type.

Kishan Bagaria has put together Windows Theme Installer for The Windows Club and it makes the process a whole lot easier.

Download the app, run it, check the theme box, and browse for your theme file. Press install theme, and the app does the rest for you -- including auto-patching any files that need it. In a flash (about 5 seconds) I had the awesome Clearscreen Sharp theme installed on my system. DeviantArt has loads more nice Windows 7 themes if you want additional options.

Word of warning: make sure you create a system restore point prior to running the app. It does have a built-in restore feature which will put back unpatched versions of the files it modifies, but it never hurts to have a backup of your own. Also make sure you're downloading your new themes from a trusted source.

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