Themes Service Defaults in Windows 8

Provides user experience theme management.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Themes
Service name:Themes
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:ProfSvc_Group
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\themeservice.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Themes
Privileges:
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeDebugPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Themes is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Themes service runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Themes fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the Themes service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Themes

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config Themes start= auto
sc start Themes

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Themes service is using the themeservice.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.