As you may know, Windows 8 has introduced a new format for themes - *.deskthemepack files. For example, almost all Panoramic themes in official Microsoft theme gallery are deskthemepack files. Deskthemepack Installer is unique solution for Windows 7 users which allows to install Windows 8 themes with one click.
As you can see, the user interface is very simple. The following options are available:
Install a deskthemepack file - self explained. Click this option to browse for desktheme file and install it into Windows 7.
Associate with *.deskthemepack files - installs an association for deskthemepack files in Windows 7. You will be able to apply Windows 8 theme just like regular theme pack of Windows 7.
Remove *.deskthemepack associations - removes the association which was set with option mentioned above.
Deskthemepack Installer is portable application that does not require to be installed.
It works in Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate.
Deskthemepack Installer does not work in Windows 7 Home Basic and Starter. I will implement support of those editions of Windows 7 with next major release of Personalization Panel 3.0. Please be patient.
Deskthemepack Installer does not provide autocolorization of window frames and/or panoramic view of wallpapers like in Windows 8. It just converts Windows 8 themes into format compatible with Windows 7.
Even you are free to place Deskthemepack Installer anywhere you want, in any folder, you should keep in mind the following: if you have set the *.deskthemepack files association and then moved DeskthemepackInstaller.exe to another folder, your associations will be broken - Windows will be not able to find it. To fix the issue, you have to run Deskthemepack Installer from new location and click the Remove *.deskthemepack associations button and then click Associate with *.deskthemepack files again.
Deskthemepack Installer for Windows 7 in action
How to report a bug
Send me an email and provide the link to theme you have issue with brief description of the issue.
Nobody claimed the panoramic feature. It adds *.deskthemepack handling. If it doesn't make sense for you, don't speak from all. According to the download counter, people like it.
26 Aug 13
how to install it? still asking me to open file while im stalling it.
08 Sep 13
To make the panoramic feature work simply edit the .theme file with notepad and change the "TileWallpaper=0" under [Control Panel\Desktop] to "TileWallpaper=1". Works a treat.
16 Oct 13
20 Dec 13
This is a nice really utility, Sergey, and it works well in converting Windows 8 themes into format compatible with Windows 7. But like you said it does not provide panoramic view of wallpapers like in Windows 8. Do you know of any "tricks" or utility to do that? I have two monitors and it would to find out if there is a way to do panoramic view across my two monitors in Windows 7. Thanks!
22 Jan 14
Note that in Windows 7 you don't need to edit the registry, there's an easier way:
1. Right click the desktop and select "Personalize" 2. Bottom of the window click on "Desktop Background Slide Show" 3. For Picture position select "Tile" 4. Click "Save changes"