If you want to replace themes, sounds, wallpapers, icons and cursors you need to know where they are stored. Here are all important folders to customize Windows 7.

Where are Windows 7 themes stored

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Tip: If you only want to apply Windows 7 themes, sounds, wallpapers, icons or cursors and don’t need to modify any files, you should read our tutorial how to install themes instead

Windows 7 Themes Folder

There are two different types of themes, there are .themepack files and .theme + .msstyles

  • If you only want to apply sounds, icons, wallpapers, cursors you need to know where .themepack files are stored.
  • Should you want to apply new shell themes that modify the look of Windows 7 itself, then you need to know where the Aero theme is stored.

Themepack themes: C:\Users\[yourusernamehere]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes
Themepack files folder

Shell themes: C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
Shell Themes Folder

Windows 7 Sound Files Folder

The sound files in Windows 7 are stored at C:\Windows\Media

Windows 7 Sound Files

Original Windows 7 Wallpaper

The original wallpapers are stored at C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper

Are you looking for the wallpaper that are used in the default Windows 7 themes, e.g. Architecture, Characters, Landscapes, Nature, Scenes and Windows?

Windows 7 Wallpaper Folder

Icons Location

The Windows icons are stored in the file C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll


If you want to modify the icons in Windows 7, you will need a program like IcoFX or IconViewer to view them and a tool like ResourceHacker to modify them.

Cursors Location

All of the Windows 7 cursors are stored at C:\Windows\Cursors

Windows 7 Cursors Location