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Fix: Unable to change the theme error

Can’t change the theme of Windows 7? Is your Windows 7 theme stuck on the “classic” option? If that’s the case you’re having, then you can try applying some of these fixes to see if you get the issue resolved!

Often the error of not being able to change the theme is because your PC is configured to be optimized for best performance rather than the best look!

Check the option “Use Visual Styles on Windows and Buttons”

Usually, the reason why your Windows 7 theme is stuck on the classic version is because the PC is configured to optimize for better performance. Some laptops are even preconfigured that way. In fact, it’s a good setting, but if you want a nicer look, it’s annoying not to change the theme. So, if you can’t change your Windows 7 theme, you might want to check your PC configuration first.

1. Open Control Panel.

2. Click System and Security.

3. Click System.

4. In the sidebar, click Advanced System Settings.

5. Go to the Advanced tab and click Settings.

Go to the Advanced tab and click Settings.
Go to the Advanced tab and click Settings

6. Scroll to the bottom of the list, double-check that “Use Visual Styles on Windows and Buttons” is selected. If you don’t choose this option, the opulent Aero interface is fully disabled, leaving your Windows 7 theme locked in “classic” mode for a very long time.

Double check that “Use Visual Styles on Windows and Buttons” is selected
Double check that “Use Visual Styles on Windows and Buttons” is selected

It’s also often the case that people can’t seem to activate the Windows 7 Aero theme because their PC is configured to be optimized for best performance, not best looks.

Service Themes not started

If the Windows 7 Themes service is not started, the Windows 7 theme will be stuck in “classic” mode. You cannot change your Windows 7 theme when the Themes service is disabled. So check if the Themes service is up and running.

1. Click Start and type services.msc in the search field. Click on the item that appears.

2. Scroll down the list until you find the Themes entry (or type Themes when one is selected).

3. Now you can see if the Themes service is currently running and what mode it is in (Automatic, Disabled, Manual).

If it is currently in “Disabled” or “Manual” mode and has not started, you must start it manually and change the mode to “Automatic”.

4. Double-click Themes and, from the drop-down menu, select Automatic; click Start; and then select Apply.

Select Automatic
Select Automatic

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