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Installing a Themepack is So Easy from Windows 8 Command Line

I have downloaded a whole bunch of theme packs from the Windows themepack web site. You can also "Save theme" in Control Panel Personalization. On a new computer, I want to apply all of them at once, without me clicking on each one. So I need to write a script that find all theme packs in a directory and install them.

After searching online and reading pages after pages of technical syntax of rundll, control.exe, desk.cpl, and all sorts of cryptic methods, I found that none of them worked on Windows 8. But by dumb luck of typing the file name on the command line, Windows 8 automatically install it. For example, if you have "AncientEgypt.themepack", you just type that and Windows 8 automatically installs and changes Personalization to that theme.

This method works great in Windows batch scripts and AutoHotkey scripts as well.

You can download Windows themes directly from here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/themes?ocid=w8_cl . . .

Jake
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 02:32:37 +0400

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