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.
If you have Windows 7:
1.) Go to your desktop,right click, select Personalize.
2.) Select Desktop Background on the bottom left of the window.
3.) Click select all then right click and select preview.
The windows photo viewer will pop up with the pictures.
4.) There Select file, select Make a Copy..., select your folder you want to save it too, click save.
5.) Hit right arrow key and do the same process for the next pic.
Directions for how to use themes not compatible with Windows 7:
Download MS theme from website. Filetype will be *.deskthemepack
It doesn't matter where you save it, but to keep it all together save it here:
The file will not be assigned to any program to open.
Open the unknown file in an archive program like 7zip. Extract files to a folder you can name with the same name as the themepack.
Go back into Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Personalization.
Double-click on Desktop background and then browse to the folder where you saved the images. Your new theme images are loaded and now work, but are unsaved.
Select any other customized settings, like Sounds, etc.
Double-click on the "unsaved theme" in the my themes lists and it will prompt you to save the images as a compatible *.theme file.
Now you can go back into your themes and launch the theme by double-clicking on the name you saved it as.