Normally if you want to change or set your Windows 10 Theme, you must have an activated copy version of Windows 10. In other words, you can’t change the theme under Personalization on your computer without activation. Albeit there is a way using which you can change your theme and wallpaper without activating Windows 10.
All you need to do some changes in Local Group Policy Editor settings. Although, you can use the Registry Editor if you have the home edition. In this article, you will learn how to change or set Windows 10 Theme without Activation.
Set Windows 10 Theme without Activating Windows
If your Windows 10 is not activated and you want to set or change the theme of your device then this post will help you to do so. But prior to this, make sure you have the .themepack file downloaded from the Microsoft official theme repository.
After then you have to do some changes in the Group Policy to disable the prevent changing settings. However, if you have Windows 10 Home Edition, you may use the Registry Editor to do the same. And after that, you can easily change your Windows 10 theme correctly.
1. Use Group Policy to disable “Prevent Changing Themes”
To disable Prevent changing theme using Group Policy, use the following steps –
Note: If you are using Windows 10 Home edition, skip this method and follow the next one.
- First of all, open the Run prompt using the Windows+R keys.
- Type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.
- Inside the Group Policy page, go to the following path location:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
- On the following location, go to the right side and double click on Prevent changing theme settings.
- Check the Disabled checkbox and then click on the OK button to apply the changes.
2. Make changes to the registry
If you have Windows 10 Home edition on your PC, you can still disable prevent changing theme settings using the Registry Editor. The procedure is as follows –
- Click on Start and type “Registry Editor”.
- Select Registry Editor from the top of the result.
- Click on the Yes button if UAC prompts on the screen.
- Inside the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following path –
- From the left side, select Explorer, do a right-click on it and then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Now right-click on the newly created key, select Rename, and then name it as NoThemesTab.
- Double click on NoThemesTab, and set the Value data as 0.
- Click the OK button to apply the changes.
How to Set Windows 10 Theme without Activation
Once you have disabled prevent changing theme policy using the Group Policy or the Registry Editor, you can now change your Windows 10 theme even if your Windows is not activated. Follow the below steps to continue –
- Right-click on Start and select Settings.
- Select Personalization > Themes.
- Select Get more themes in Microsoft Store link right under the Change theme section.
- In the Store apps, search for a theme you want to get and then download it.
- After downloading, double-click on the .themepack file to apply the theme on your PC.
I hope you are now able to use any Store theme even on a non-activated Windows 10 PC.