Remove All Installed Themes At Once in Windows 10

How to Remove All Installed Themes At Once in Windows 10

In this article, we will see how to delete custom themes installed manually of from the Store in Windows 10. You can do it much faster by avoiding selection individual themes in Settings > Personalization. This can be done without third-party tools.


Windows 10 allows you to customize the appearance of the operating system using Settings. In the Personalization section, there are pages with options to change the color of the window frame (the accent color), the desktop background, disable or enable taskbar transparency and a number of other options. Once you have customized the look of your Desktop, you can save it as a theme and then share the themepack file with your friends from the Themes page.

Also, Windows 10 allows you to install using Windows Store or from a themepack file.

Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft invented a new theme format - themepack. It was created so all the theme resources would be packed inside a single file and sharing of such themes would be easy. In Windows 8, the file format was revised to deskthemepack, and supported specifying if the window color would be automatically set based on the dominant color of the desktop background. Windows 10 supports both themepack and deskthemepack formats.

Windows 10 Installed Themes

When you install a themepack, Windows 10 extract its contents to the folder %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes, which expands to C:\Users\your_user_name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes.

By deleting its contents, you can quickly erase the installed custom themes.

To Remove All Installed Themes At Once in Windows 10,

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Personalization > Themes, and click on any default Windows theme to apply it.Windows 10 Apply Default Theme
  3. Close the Settings app.
  4. Open File Explorer, and paste this line to its address bar: %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes. Hit Enter.Windows 10 File Explorer Paste Theme Path
  5. In the Themes folder, press Ctrl + A to select all files and folders.
  6. Now, press the Del key to remove the selected data.Windows 10 Remove All Installed Themes At Once File Explorer

You are done.  This will remove the selected themes all at once, so they will no longer be available on the Themes page in Settings.

Alternatively, you can use the Ribbon in File Explorer to delete the themes.

Quickly Remove All Installed Themes with File Explorer Ribbon

  1. In File Explorer, open the %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes folder.
  2. Click on Home, and them click on Select all in the Select group.
  3. In the Organize group click on Delete.Windows 10 Remove All Installed Themes At Once Ribbon
  4. You are done.

You are done!

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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