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How to prevent Windows 7 from create "Unsaved Theme"?

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  • Hi everybody,

    I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit and I've no software which change Windows 7's UI installed.

    There's always "Unsaved Theme" located in Personalization although I'm using default theme of Windows 7. This "Unsaved Theme" is exactly similar to Windows 7 default theme. I didn't change wallpaper or screensaver, the Aero works well and I have the latest VGA driver installed. I'm sure that my Windows 7 is up-to-date and there's no virus at all.

    I had tried to delete "Unsaved Theme" but it was recreated, I tried to rename this theme (by right-click > Save) but there's another "Unsaved Theme" created. I deleted X:\Users\User_name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes but it didn't help. I also checked X:\Users\User_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes but TranscodedWallpaper.jpg file is fine.

    I upgraded Windows 7 to SP1 few days ago and I encountered this problem yesterday.

    Please help me to get rid of this annoying theme. Thank you.

    Long Nguyen

    Monday, March 07, 2011 6:18 PM

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  • Hi longnh,

    Have you even changed the window color? If so, you will get a Unsaved Theme. I suggest you right-click on the Desktop, select Personalize, and select Windows 7 under Aero Themes. Then, right-click on the Unsaved Theme and select Delete theme.

    Hope it helps.

    Styx

    Tuesday, March 08, 2011 6:14 AM
  • Hi Styxen, thanks for your reply. I've never changed anything (wallpaper, color, resolution, screensaver,...), I just applied the default theme and "Unsaved Theme" exists at the same time. I deleted "Unsaved Theme" but it appeared again.

     

    Long Nguyen


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.
    Tuesday, March 08, 2011 6:58 AM
  • Hi Styxen, thanks for your reply. I've never changed anything (wallpaper, color, resolution, screensaver,...), I just applied the default theme and "Unsaved Theme" exists at the same time. I deleted "Unsaved Theme" but it appeared again.

     

    Long Nguyen


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.

    Hi Long Nguyen,

    Close Personalization first. Then, click the Start button, type %localAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes in the search box and press Enter. Delete the Custom.theme file. Now, open Personalization again and check if the Unsaved Theme still exists. If so, try deleting and see if it reappears.

    Hope it helps.

    Styx

    Tuesday, March 08, 2011 8:08 AM
  • Hi Styxen ,

    I closed Personalization and deleted Custom.theme file but the Unsaved Theme still exists, then I deleted Unsaved Theme but it appeared again.

    Long Ng.


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.
    Tuesday, March 08, 2011 9:11 AM
  • Hi Styxen ,

    I closed Personalization and deleted Custom.theme file but the Unsaved Theme still exists, then I deleted Unsaved Theme but it appeared again.

    Long Ng.


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.

    This should help you learn which setting is changed (and by which app).

    What Causes “Unsaved Theme” To Show Up in Themes Listing in Windows 7 and Windows Vista?


    Ramesh Srinivasan | The Winhelponline Blog
    Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience
    Wednesday, March 09, 2011 4:34 AM
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  • Thanks Ramesh Srinivasan, comparing 2 *.theme file did help. I finally solved this problem. Thanks guys all for answering my question. Long Nguyen
    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.
    Sunday, March 20, 2011 2:11 PM
  • Thanks Ramesh Srinivasan, comparing 2 *.theme file did help. I finally solved this problem. Thanks guys all for answering my question. Long Nguyen
    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.
    Glad that worked. Hope you found the offending program that caused the change?
    Ramesh Srinivasan | The Winhelponline Blog
    Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:03 PM
    Answerer
  • Yep, I manually changed an icon of a folder a long time ago but I didn't remember. Since then Windows 7 had recognized the default theme as "changed theme". When I applied the Windows 7 default theme, that icon wasn't restored and Windows 7 kept creating "Unsaved theme". I just changed to icon to default and the problem was gone.

    Thanks Ramesh again for the great suggestion.

     


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:15 AM
  • Excellent! Thanks for the update, longnh.
    Ramesh Srinivasan | The Winhelponline Blog
    Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 4:14 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi, I've been having the same problem, and I followed the advise to compare the *.theme files with each other, to determine which program is causing the themes to change. This is what I found to be causing the problem. Under the "[Sounds]" subsection, I see the following difference.

    Original theme:

     

    [Sounds]
    ; IDS_SCHEME_DEFAULT
    SchemeName=Cityscape
    

     

    Unsaved theme:

     

    [Sounds]
    ; IDS_SCHEME_DEFAULT
    SchemeName=@mmres.dll,-813
    

     

    Looking up "mmres.dll", I find it's got something to do with Windows sound system. Why is this thing changing my themes?

     

    -Yousuf Khan



    Monday, March 28, 2011 3:45 PM
  • Hi Styxen ,

    I closed Personalization and deleted Custom.theme file but the Unsaved Theme still exists, then I deleted Unsaved Theme but it appeared again.

    Long Ng.


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.

    This should help you learn which setting is changed (and by which app).

    What Causes “Unsaved Theme” To Show Up in Themes Listing in Windows 7 and Windows Vista?

     


    Ramesh Srinivasan | The Winhelponline Blog
    Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience

    Good article, Ramesh!


    Microsoft MVP Windows Expert Consumer | http://www.wintecnico.com

    Monday, March 28, 2011 6:35 PM
    Answerer
  • Hello yjkhan,

    Right-click on Speaker icon at tray, choose Sounds. Jump to Sound tab and choose Windows Default in Sound Scheme, then click OK and go checking if that solves your problem.


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.
    Monday, March 28, 2011 7:55 PM
  • Hello yjkhan,

    Right-click on Speaker icon at tray, choose Sounds. Jump to Sound tab and choose Windows Default in Sound Scheme, then click OK and go checking if that solves your problem.


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.

    Okay, I'll give that a shot, see what happens. I probably won't know for a few days if it's working. I've had situations where it's worked fine for days without changing, and then it changes. I've also had situations where it changes in less than an hour.
    Monday, March 28, 2011 8:17 PM
  • Hello yjkhan,

    Right-click on Speaker icon at tray, choose Sounds. Jump to Sound tab and choose Windows Default in Sound Scheme, then click OK and go checking if that solves your problem.


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.

    Okay, I'll give that a shot, see what happens. I probably won't know for a few days if it's working. I've had situations where it's worked fine for days without changing, and then it changes. I've also had situations where it changes in less than an hour.


    Well, that didn't take long, it happened again, soon after I posted that last message saying it may or may not take a long time to happen again. :)

    Okay, so after switching to the Windows default sound theme, that part didn't change, but this time it looks like the the slideshow subsection completely disappeared from the theme file.

    [Slideshow]
    ImagesRootPIDL=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
    
    Interval=180000
    Shuffle=1
    
    

    This entire section is missing from the Unsaved Theme file.

    Monday, March 28, 2011 8:38 PM
  • Good article, Ramesh!


    Microsoft MVP Windows Expert Consumer | http://www.wintecnico.com

    Thanks! Daniel.
    Ramesh Srinivasan | The Winhelponline Blog
    Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 3:16 AM
    Answerer
  • Hi yjkhan,

    "Windows 7" theme has only one wallpaper, not slideshow. So I assume something or someone has changed the desktop background of "Windows 7" theme.

    Go to Personalize and choose "Windows 7" theme under Aero themes, then click on Desktop Background link and img0.jpg file should be the only one chosen, that means there's no slideshow at all. Because of the missing of [Slideshow] section from the Unsaved Theme file, I'm pretty sure that you compare Unsaved Theme file with the other than "Windows 7" theme that's hard to tell which changed.

     

     

    - "Windows 7" theme wallpaper folder: C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper

    - Slideshow located here: C:\Users\User_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes


    Computers don't save time they just reallocate how we spend it.
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 5:09 AM
  • I've been having this same problem on my work notebook. I use the Bing Dynamic theme, which is RSS-based and automatically pulls down new content periodically. The theme creates a slideshow of cached backgrounds from Bing. I've noticed that intermittently, it gets stuck on a single background and when I check the theme under Personalization, Windows has created an Unsaved Theme, which contains only the currently displayed background. It's easy enough to set it back to Bing Dynamic, but it's annoying. I'm going to try the file compare utility next time it happens to try and get to the bottom of it. I've noticed it seems to happen most frequently when I dock or undock. Any additional suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!


    - Greg
    Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1:46 PM
  • I am having the same issue but I did do the comparison, but there is no difference between the two except the name... and the unsaved theme just keeps creating itself and automatically setting the current theme to the unsaved theme, like I said, I tried all steps above and still have this issue
    Friday, October 28, 2011 3:17 PM
  • This is where my problem started as well - with the Bing Dynamic Theme - I uninstalled the theme, but now have the unsaved theme problem.
    Monday, November 14, 2011 10:28 PM