Where can I find the various pictures of each theme in Windows 7? I know where all the regional themes are, but I do not know where the Architectural, Character, and Landscape theme pictures are.

I want to take all the pictures, move them to a folder in "pictures", and use every single one of the pictures as a theme slide show for my desktop background.

  • possible duplicate of What are the locations of the various theme files in Windows 7?
    – soandos
    Jan 15, 2012 at 7:59
  • @soandos Not the same case. This is one step deeper, examining the theme files.
    – iglvzx
    Jan 15, 2012 at 8:01
  • @iglvzx, Your answer is basically the same as the accepted answer to the question I posted.
    – soandos
    Jan 15, 2012 at 8:11
  • @soandos The .theme and .msstyle files are located in %SystemRoot%\Resources\Themes but the wallpapers are not. This question is specifically about said wallpapers.
    – iglvzx
    Jan 15, 2012 at 8:15
  • @iglvzx, the .theme files can be unpacked to give the pictures, but I see your point.
    – soandos
    Jan 15, 2012 at 8:21

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If you take a look at the .theme files in %SystemRoot%\Resources\Themes, you can find the wallpaper referenced under [Control Panel\Desktop]. The root folder for these wallpapers is: %SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper\.

Note: %SystemRoot%\ will generally be C:\Windows\.

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    %SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper\ Thank you very much. This is what I was looking for. I have been searching everywhere, but I was always told to go to the MCT file or to "search on google." You are the first helpful person. :D
    – Aj Entity
    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:26
  • @soandos , iglvzx was more accurate because this was a quicker method. Unpacking and all that actually would take longer and it is more complicated for me. By the way, do I need to close this question now? Or do I just leave it as is?
    – Aj Entity
    Jan 15, 2012 at 19:08
  • Aj, you do not need to close the question. Welcome to Super User!
    – iglvzx
    Jan 16, 2012 at 0:00

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