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A theme with the name “themename 1011” and version already exists on the server.

October 31, 2012
Problem

When changing the Site Template of a site the following error is shown in the browser:

A theme with the name “templatename 1011” and version already exists on the server.
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Library.SPRequestInternalClass.ApplyTheme(String bstrUrl, String pVal)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Library.SPRequest.ApplyTheme(String bstrUrl, String pVal)

Troubleshoot issues with Windows SharePoint Services.

Solution
  1. Open the site in SharePoint Designer
  2. Delete the _themes folder
  3. Perform an iisreset
  4. Try again, and it just works

This tip comes from here. Thanks!

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