How To Delete | Uninstall Windows 10 Themes [Default and Third-Party]

Want to delete or uninstall Windows 10 themes? In today’s article, you will read about all the possible ways to make that thing happen.

How To Delete Uninstall Theme in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 Creator Update build 15014, the company has added the ability to manage Windows themes right from the Settings apps. It is a useful feature for those who want to change the overall appearance of the Windows 10 operating system.

Windows store has a different section named as Windows themes where you will find a variety of beautiful themes for Windows 10 OS. You can download and install Windows 10 themes from Windows Store just by making few clicks.

After installing lots of themes you figure out that there are lots of themes which are useless and eating up space of your hard disk for nothing. Keeping this thing in mind, now you want to delete some of the themes just to reclaim hard drive space so that you can try other themes.

How To Delete | Uninstall A Theme in Windows 10

Luckily there are various method that you can use to uninstall or delete a theme in Windows 10. The good thing is that you can also uninstall windows themes which you have installed using themepack or from Windows store.

So why don’t you start checking different methods:

Uninstall | Delete Windows 10 Theme using Settings App

1. Launch the Settings app. For that, press WIN + I hotkeys

2. Click on the Personalization -> Themes.

3. On the right pane, Under “Apply a Theme” heading you will find a list of Windows 10 themes which you have installed on your PC.

Uninstall or Delete Windows 10 Theme using Settings App

4. Here you need to make the right-click on the theme which you want to delete.  Theme context menu will appear with one option i.e. Delete. Click on it and in no second your theme will be deleted. You can follow the same procedure to delete more themes.

Uninstall Windows 10 Themes from Apps and features settings

Alternatively, you can also Uninstall Windows 10 Themes right from Apps and features setting available in the Settings app. For that:

For that, Launch the Settings app -> Apps and features.

uninstall themes theme from windows 10

Here you will get the list apps, games, software’s as well as themes which you have installed from the Windows store. From the list look for the one which you want to uninstall. Click on it and then click on Uninstall button.

Note: Currently, there is no way to uninstall the active theme using this method. In this situation to delete the active theme, you need to switch to another theme installed on your Windows 10 PC and delete that which you do not need anymore.

Refer to Method Four

Uninstall | Delete Windows 10 Theme using Control Panel

You can also use Control Panel to delete themes from your Windows 10 PC. Here is what you need to do:

1. Launch the Control Panel. For that, type Control Panel in the Start menu search bar. When it appear in the Search results, click to launch it.

control panel in windows 10

2. Under “Appearance and personalization”, click on “Change the theme” link.

delete windows 10 theme using control panel

3. Here you will get a list of themes which you have installed on your Windows 10 PC. You can right-click on the theme which you want to uninstall. Theme context menu will appear with one option which reads “Delete theme“. Just click on it and it will delete the theme.

That’s it.

Just like above method, you will not able to delete the active theme. In this situation, again you need to switch to another theme installed on your Windows 10 PC and delete that which you do not need anymore.

Refer to Method Four

Uninstall | Delete Windows 10 Theme using File Explorer

You can also uninstall and delete Windows 10 Theme using File Explorer. Here is how it can be done:

1. Launch File Explorer. You can click on the File Explorer icon pinned on Windows 10 taskbar.

file explorer in windows 10

2. In the File Explorer address bar, you need to type and copy-paste the following address:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

file explorer address bar in windows 10

3.  It will launch the Themes folder where you will find a list of all the themes installed on your computer. Each folder has separate folder including all the wallpapers of the theme.

themes folder in windows 10

4. Simply Right-click on the theme folder which you want to delete. From the context menu, click on the Delete option.

That’s it

In the Themes folder, you will not find the folder for the default Windows 10 Themes. Again, you will not able to delete the active theme. Follow the next method to delete them.

Uninstall | Delete Default Windows 10 Theme

By default Windows 10 comes with few default themes. Unfortunately, there is no setting available to delete those themes. In case, you are the one who also wants to get rid of default themes, then here is what you need to do:

1. Launch File Explorer. You can click on the File Explorer icon pinned on Windows 10 taskbar.

file explorer in windows 10

2. In the File Explorer address bar, you need to type and copy-paste the following address:

%windir%\Resources\Themes

3. This will launch the following Themes folder, this Themes folder is different from the one mentioned in above method.

default theme folder in windows 10

4. Here on this Themes folder, you will find out the list of all the themes which comes preinstalled on your Windows 10 PC. Each theme is represented by a file and *.theme* extension. You can double click on the theme pack to find out what theme it is.

At the time of writing this article, following three themes are available:

  • aero.theme – the default theme named “Windows”.
  • theme1.theme – the theme named Windows 10.
  • theme2.theme – the Flowers theme.

5. To delete the particular default theme, you need to take ownership of the file. For that, you can check the previous article on how to take ownership of files and folder in Windows 10.

default theme folder in windows 10

6. After taking ownership of the theme file. Make a right click on the theme which you want to delete, Context menu will appear. From the options click on Delete option.

In case, you want to delete High Contrast themes, then you need to follow the same procedure under Ease of Access Themes folder

%windir%\Resources\Ease of Access Themes

ease of access folder in windows 10

Under, Ease of Access Themes folder, you will find following themes which represent:

  • hc1.theme – the High Contrast #1 theme.
  • hc2.theme – the High Contrast #2 theme.
  • hcblack.theme – the theme High Contrast Black.
  • hcwhite.theme – the theme Hight Contrast White.

Again take the ownership of the theme file which you want to delete. Right click on the theme, and from the context menu click on the Delete option.

delete high contrast theme in windows 10

So these are all possible ways to delete or uninstall themes from Windows 10 PC both default and third party. Why don’t you try these methods and let me your in the comments, if you need any assistance?

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