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Pretty obvious, How do I extract a background from a Windows 7 Theme file?

I like the background pics from some of the themes I've downloaded, but is there anyway I can get the pictures (background images) by themselves?

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In the Personalization Control Panel save the theme for sharing as a .themepack file - right click on the current theme and choose "Save theme for sharing". Then open the saved themepack file with 7Zip or similar and extract the images you want.

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really? its just a zipped file? awesome. thanks – Miles Apr 26 '10 at 0:23
This no longer works. – Seth Feb 20 '14 at 1:29
Works fine for me, 7zip 9.20 in Windows 8.1. Right click on .themepack file and choose 7zip > Extract... – Baodad Jun 24 '14 at 4:56

You can find those wallpapers on your C drive after you install a theme

Navigate to

C:\Users\(your user name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

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This no longer works either. All I see at that location are .theme files which can't be extracted. – Seth Feb 20 '14 at 1:29

with 7-Zip,

1) right click the file, select Open archive
2) open DesktopBackground folder
3) select the wallpaper you want or select all by mouse pointer, then click on extract option

now check your extracted location

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You first have to save the theme for sharing which will save as a ".themepack" file. Then you can open it as an archive as shown above.

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In the Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization\Desktop Background under personalisation. Right click the required image and select Propeties Location is where it is. Works for me on W7 Home Premium

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It works for me with Windows 10 theme packs. If it doesn't work, make sure that you have already installed 7-Zip or equivalent so that option is available when you right-click.

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Thanks for the answer, but this duplicates information already provided in another answer by Sim – bertieb Aug 17 at 15:04

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