The File Extensions Database


  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: System Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .DESKTHEMEPACK file?

.DESKTHEMEPACK is Windows 8 Desktop Theme Pack File

A DESKTHEMEPACK file is a desktop theme file introduced with the Windows 8 operating system. It is saved in the .CAB format and contains background images (.JPG files) as well as a .THEME file, which contains colors, sounds, and other settings used to customize the Windows desktop. DESKTHEMEPACK files can be downloaded and shared with other Windows users.

You can install a DESKTHEMEPACK file in Windows 8 by double-clicking it. You may also create a custom theme by right-clicking one of "My Themes" in the Windows Personalization Control Panel and selecting "Save theme for sharing."

DESKTHEMEPACK files are specific to Windows 8 and are not compatible with Windows 7, which uses .THEMEPACK files for desktop themes. However, you can use the images contained in a DESKTHEMEPACK file as your desktop background in Windows 7 by following these steps:

  • Change the ".deskthemepack" file extension to ".cab."
  • Double-click the ".cab" file to view its contents.
  • Copy the ".jpg" files from the folder to another location on your computer.
  • Open the Personalization window by right-clicking the Windows desktop and selecting "Personalize" from the drop-down menu.
  • In the Personalization window, choose the "Desktop Background" link.
  • Under "Choose your desktop background," click the Browse... button and select the folder where you saved the ".jpg" image files.
  • Click the Save changes button and the images will be applied to your desktop.
  • NOTE: With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft updated the online Personalization Gallery to provide DESKTHEMEPACK files in addition to THEMEPACK files. You can view this gallery by clicking "Get more themes online" from the Personalization window in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    Programs that open Windows 8 Desktop Theme Pack File
    File Viewer Plus
    Microsoft Windows Personalization Control Panel

    How to solve problems with DESKTHEMEPACK files

    • Associate the DESKTHEMEPACK file extension with the correct application. On :
      Windows: Right click on any DESKTHEMEPACK file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.DESKTHEMEPACK files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the DESKTHEMEPACK file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
    • Update your software that should actually open .DESKTHEMEPACK is Windows 8 Desktop Theme Pack File. Because only the current version supports the latest DESKTHEMEPACK file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .DESKTHEMEPACK is Windows 8 Desktop Theme Pack File update.
    • To make sure that your DESKTHEMEPACK file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.