How to patch windows 7 for 3rd party themes
Alternatively, you can download the Universal Theme Patcher created by deepxwthat works with Windows XP SP2 SP3/2003/2008/Vista SP1 SP2/Windows 7, 32bit(x86)/64bit(x64). This won’t create another background process, instead it will patch your files.
Theme Resource Changer Instructions
Theme Resource changer eliminates having to edit dll or exe files to replace the images in your explorer.exe, explorerframe.dll
and your shell32.dll.
1) To use the Theme resource changer download and run the Theme Resource Changer.exe x86 or x64 depending on what operating system you are using.
2. After installation it will automatically restart explorer and you are set you only have to apply this just the one time and it will work for any theme that you setup to use it with.