Ads

Themes

 

General Information

None at this time

Windows 8

Default Description

Provides user experience theme management.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Themes
Display Name: Themes

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

Provides user experience theme management.

Additional Information

The Windows 7 Aero is a plus, however, if you are using an older system that does not meet the recommended requirements to run the Aero Glass engine, disable the themes to make it look like Windows 2000/XP (with its new theme disabled) and save the memory. If you decide to disable this service, you might check into also disabling the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager Service. Disabling these two services alone could save you several hundred MB.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Themes
Display Name: Themes

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Themes needs to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

What other service require Themes to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Provides user experience theme management.

Additional Information

The new Aero is a plus, however, if you are using an older system that does not meet the recommended requirements to run the new Aero Glass engine, disable the themes to make it look like Windows 2000/XP (with its new theme disabled) and save the memory. If you decide to disable this service, you might check into also disabling the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service. Disabling these two services alone could save you several hundred MB.

With the default Category Control Panel:

  1. Head to Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select Appearance and Personalization
  4. Select Personalization
  5. Select Theme
  6. From the drop down box, select “Windows Classic”
  7. Select the Ok button

With the Classic Control Panel:

  1. Head to Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select Personalization
  4. Select Theme
  5. From the drop down box, select “Windows Classic”
  6. Select the Ok button

After that is finished, you can disable the Themes service.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Themes
Display Name: Themes

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Themes needs to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

What other service require Themes to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Provides user experience theme management.

Additional Information

Used to display all those new XP themes and colors on your desktop. If you are memory conscious and do not care about the “new” XP look, disable this service to save RAM. I have observed between 4 MB to 12 MB of RAM used for the new themes.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Themes
Display Name: Themes

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Themes needs to function properly:

  • None

What other service require Themes to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Provides user experience theme management.

Additional Information

Used to display all those new XP themes and colors on your desktop. If you are memory conscious and do not care about the “new” XP look, disable this service to save RAM. I have observed between 4 MB to 12 MB of RAM used for the new themes.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Themes
Display Name: Themes

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Themes needs to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

What other service require Themes to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.