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How to Start/Stop Themes

Service name: Themes

Display name: Themes


Provides user experience theme management.

Path to executable:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs -p

This method shows you how to Start/Stop Themes from Command Prompt

Perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Type here to search

Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator

Services Regedit CMD Msconfig

Please confirm User Account Control pop-up

Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window, select Paste and press Enter

To Start Themes service:

net start Themes

sc start Themes

Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.

To Stop Themes service:

net stop Themes

sc stop Themes

To change Startup type:


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Themes" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config Themes start= auto


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Themes" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

sc config Themes start= demand


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Themes" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

sc config Themes start= disabled

Automatic (Delayed Start):

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Themes" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config Themes start= delayed-auto

Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Themes" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Themes" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f