Xbox 360: Change the Default Dashboard Theme

To get a fresh view of your Windows 7 system, change the Aero Theme. The Xbox 360 lets you change its Dashboard theme too.

Here I’m using the latest Xbox dashboard update. Select Social then your Xbox Live avatar.

Xbox 360 Dashboard

On the next screen select Change Theme.
Change Theme

Highlight the Theme you want to use. The theme is displayed as you highlight each one.

Select Xbox 360 Theme

Here I’m selecting The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Theme that I purchased from the Xbox Marketplace.

 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Theme

That’s it. It’s cool to change your Xbox dashboard theme once in a while to for a fresh view.

Skyrim Theme Xbox Dashboard



  1. Cal

    Thanks. I don’t know why MS made that setting so hard to find in the update.

  2. Max Limitz

    Yeah, this one was hard to find. I looked everywhere: System Settings, Guide button, Profile, Account, etc.

  3. amy

    i just bought xbox360 slim and it downloaded latest dashboard which i don’t like at all!
    do u know how can i change it to the original dashboard…just as it was when i first time used it?

    • Brian Burgess

      @amy: That is a great question. I don’t know if you can…at least not without hacking it in some way? Maybe someone else has an answer.

      But I agree. The layout of the UI is odd indeed. It’s not very intuitive.

  4. Jordan

    Are they birds or dragons flying in the background? And would you say that is a farm located near Whiterun or is it Riverwood?

  5. Bob

    I hope I can get an answer here. I bought and downloaded a theme. It has 17 images. When I choose the theme for my profile, it only shows the same picture. I want to choose one of the other 16 pictures that came with the pack. How can I do that?

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