Windows 8 Desktop Theme Pack Format
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File with DESKTHEMEPACK extension contains CAB package of background images for Microsoft Windows 8 and later. DESKTHEMEPACK archive can contain:

  • Background images – usually JPEG images, also those for dual screens (panoramic),
  • THEME file, which store resources for customizing system desktop, for example:
    • Fonts,
    • Sounds,
    • Colors,
  • Other system settings.

DESKTHEMEPACK files are native to Windows 8 system, but after unpacking their contents can be used in other operating systems. Windows 7 also supports themes for Windows 8. Microsoft Windows 10 supports both DESKTHEMEPACK and THEMEPACK files.

Custom theme in DESKTHEMEPACK file can be applied by double-clicking such file because THEME file contains instructions for the system on how to apply the desktop personalization settings. DESKTHEMEPACK file can also be accessed by changing file’s suffix to CAB and unpacking it.

DESKTHEMEPACK can be created manually using dedicated system personalization tools. It can be achieved by exporting applied changes using ‘Save theme for Sharing’ option from menu ‘Settings’ - ‘Personalization’ - ‘Themes’. DESKTHEMEPACK file will be then created and saved to the Desktop.

Programs which support DESKTHEMEPACK file extension

The following listing features DESKTHEMEPACK-compatible programs. DESKTHEMEPACK files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support DESKTHEMEPACK file

Updated: 09/11/2019

How to open file with DESKTHEMEPACK extension?

Being unable to open files with DESKTHEMEPACK extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with DESKTHEMEPACK extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Windows software

Install software to open DESKTHEMEPACK file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports DESKTHEMEPACK files installed on the system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install Microsoft Windows. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Windows installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Windows to the latest version

Update software that support file extension DESKTHEMEPACKIf you already have Microsoft Windows installed on your systems and DESKTHEMEPACK files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Microsoft Windows cannot handle files with DESKTHEMEPACK may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Windows.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Windows to DESKTHEMEPACK files

After installing Microsoft Windows (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open DESKTHEMEPACK files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with DESKTHEMEPACK file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the DESKTHEMEPACK file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Windows is installed, check the Always use this app to open DESKTHEMEPACK files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with DESKTHEMEPACK file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the DESKTHEMEPACK file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with DESKTHEMEPACK extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the DESKTHEMEPACK file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the DESKTHEMEPACK file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check DESKTHEMEPACK file for viruses
1. The DESKTHEMEPACK may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the DESKTHEMEPACK file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the DESKTHEMEPACK file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Verify that the DESKTHEMEPACK file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic DESKTHEMEPACK file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with DESKTHEMEPACK extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Windows 8 Desktop Theme Pack Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Microsoft Windows

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support DESKTHEMEPACK files. Close all running programs and try opening the DESKTHEMEPACK file.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Windows 8 Desktop Theme Pack Format files. It may be the case that the DESKTHEMEPACK files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a DESKTHEMEPACK file

File Conversions from DESKTHEMEPACK extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to DESKTHEMEPACK file
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