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How to switch windows themes? (W7/x64)

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Hi! :idiot:

Is it possible to switch windows 7/x64 theme (immedially) by au3 script?

Looking for some...

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did you mean this?



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Hi, iXX. You used to be able to do it all command-line in XP, but it is a bit more difficult in Win7. If you can put up with the control panel flashing briefly, this works:

#include <Array.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <GuiListView.au3>
#include <ListViewConstants.au3>
#include <RecFileListToArray.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>

$aArray = _RecFileListToArray(@WindowsDir & "ResourcesThemes", "*.theme", 1)

Local $msg
$myGui = GUICreate("Change My Theme", 300, 300)
$listview = GUICtrlCreateListView("listview items", 10, 10, 280, 240)
_GUICtrlListView_SetColumn($listview, 0, "", 230, 0)
$go = GUICtrlCreateButton("Change Theme", 10, 260, 100, 35)
$exit = GUICtrlCreateButton("Exit", 190, 260, 100, 35)
For $i = 1 To UBound($aArray) - 1
GUICtrlCreateListViewItem($aArray[$i], $listview)
While 1
$msg = GUIGetMsg()
Case $msg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
Case $msg = $exit
Case $msg = $go
    $var = _GUICtrlListView_GetItemTextString($listview, -1)
    WinClose("Control Panel")
Func _change($var)
ShellExecute("desk.cpl", 'desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:"C:windowsResourcesThemes' & $var & '"')
Edited by JLogan3o13

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Maybe I found a simplest way:

Let say I want to change current theme, located in "C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\A.theme" to theme "C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\B.theme".

I found if I double click to this "B.theme" file with my filemanager, windows theme changes immedially, control panel dont appears, it just say "Wait please" while changing... I cant found associated program in windows file associations dialog, so I search in the registry and found this:


@=%SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %SystemRoot%\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:"%1"

Teoreticaly, this should be working:

Run("%SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %SystemRoot%\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:" "C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\B.theme")

But it dont work.

Any ideas?

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... Found syntax error, now it is working, but the window "Individual settings" really did appears...

If someone solve flashing of this window, will be great!

RunWait(@ComSpec & " /c " & '%SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %SystemRoot%\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:"C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\B.theme"', "", @SW_HIDE)
WinWait("Individual settings")
WinClose("Individual settings")

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iXX, everything works, but I had to change "Individual settings" to "Personalization", which is the window name. So I have to ask - was "Individual settings" changed to "Personalization" in Service Pack 1 or something? Where is that "Individual Settings" window? I'm asking because I want to ensure the best compatibility of my script.

Edited by supraspecies

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It might be a long time waiting for an answer from iXX, he hasn't been on the forum since last October.

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