Download AeroVG Ei8ht and Ei8ht.1ne Themes for Windows 8 / 8.1

UPDATE: New AeroVG Ei8ht.1ne RTM theme released for Windows 8.1 which comes in 4 new styles: Round & Clear, Round & Shiny, Square & Clear and Square & Shiny.

Finally the wait is over. So many people have asked us to release our popular "AeroVG Se7en" theme for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and today we are pleased to announce about its release.

If you don't know about AeroVG theme, its one of the most popular and most used themes for Windows Vista and Windows 7. AeroVG theme was first released for Windows Vista and later a special version of this theme AeroVG Se7en was released for Windows 7. AeroVG theme is the one and only 3rd party theme which has been featured officially by Microsoft at Technet and MSDN blogs.

AeroVG theme was created to provide more transparency and glass effects in Windows Vista and 7. It featured shiny blue progressbar and transparent addressbar and search box in Windows Explorer. The main purpose behind creation of AeroVG theme was to provide clean and smooth transparency effects in Windows UI.

Ever since we started posting tutorials about Windows 8 and 8.1, many of our readers have asked us to release the same AeroVG theme for Windows 8 and 8.1 and finally the day has come. Thanks to our DA friend "supershadow124" for porting our AeroVG Se7en theme for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.

We are pleased to release 2 new themes "AeroVG Ei8ht" and "AeroVG Ei8ht.1ne" which are the exclusive versions of our popular AeroVG Se7en theme for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 respectively. These themes will provide same UI effects and look-n-feel in Windows 8 and 8.1 as AeroVG Se7en theme provided in Windows 7.

Following is a preview of these themes running in action:


Features List:

  • Aero glass transparency in Start Menu and Taskbar *
  • Aero glass transparency in Windows Explorer titlebar and navigation toolbar *
  • Complete transparent addressbar and search box in Windows Explorer
  • New menubar
  • Shiny blue progressbar and hard disk drive meter in Windows Explorer
  • Glow effect in addressbar and search box in Windows Explorer
  • Nice glow and shadow effect in system tray
  • New titlebar buttons and round/square frame borders in windows
  • Aero glass transparent skin for Start Menu
  • Many other eye candy effects

* You'll need extra tools to enjoy these effects.


If you are ready to enjoy these awesome themes in Windows 8 or 8.1, check out following simple steps:

Download Link and How to Use Instructions

1. First of all download these themes using following links:

Download AeroVG Ei8ht Theme for Windows 8

Download AeroVG Ei8ht.1ne Theme for Windows 8.1

PS: You'll find the download links in the right-side section of the above mentioned pages.

2. After downloading extract the downloaded ZIP file using 7-Zip or other archive utilities and you'll get the main .theme file and its folder.

3. Now make sure you have patched Windows to allow use of custom 3rd party themes. If you are not aware of the patch, check out following tutorial to learn how to patch Windows to use 3rd party themes:

How to Install and Use Custom 3rd Party Themes in Windows?

4. After patching Windows, copy .theme file and folder to "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\" folder as mentioned in the above tutorial.

5. At last apply the new theme using Desktop personalization window and get ready to enjoy this awesome theme in Windows 8 or 8.1.

How to Apply and Use StartIsBack Start Menu Skin

The "AeroVG Ei8ht.1ne" theme also contains an extra folder "Skin for StartIsBack" which contains a special version of the theme created specifically for users who use 3rd party software "StartIsBack" to enable Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 8/8.1. If you are using this software, you can enjoy this skin with the help of following simple steps:

1. Type appdata in RUN or Start Search and press Enter. Now go to following folder:


2. Now copy "AeroVG Ei8ht.1ne RTM.msstyles" file from "Skin for StartIsBack" folder present in the downloaded archive and paste it into above mentioned "Styles" folder.

3. Now right-click on StartIsBack Start Menu and select Properties option. It'll open StartIsBack configuration window. Go to "Appearance" tab, select "AeroVG 8.1 RTM" skin and click on Apply button.

That's it. Now you can enjoy the new Aero glass transparent AeroVG skin in Start Menu as well.

Advanced Tips to Get Aero Glass Transparency and Other Effects

Microsoft has removed Aero glass transparency from Windows Explorer in Windows 8 and 8.1. If you want to enjoy Aero glass transparency in this theme, you'll need to use following freeware:

How to Enable Aero Glass Transparency in Windows 8 and 8.1?

If you want to get Windows 7 style Explorer features in Windows 8 and 8.1 such as Commandbar instead of Ribbon, Details pane at bottom, etc, you can use following freeware:

Freeware to Bring Windows 7 Style Classic Features Back in Windows 8.1 Explorer

And if you want to bring Start Menu back in Windows 8 and 8.1, check out following must have freeware for Windows:

Classic Shell: Get Start Menu and Explorer Toolbar Buttons Back in Windows

That's all for now. These themes are absolutely safe to use in Windows 8 or 8.1. If you face any problem in applying the theme, feel free to ask us in your comment. Also let us know your feedback about these themes in your comment...


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  • oh great!!! I was eagerly waiting for this.... thanks a lot for this nice theme :)

  • Hi

    Will this theme work if I have Clover ( installed? Also, it looks as if you are removing the ribbon. Is that true?

  • VG

    Thanks guys. :)

    @Pratyush Nalam
    Cant say anything about Clover. You'll need to try it yourself. Regarding ribbon, its optional if you take help of the free tool as mentioned in advanced tips above.

  • Hey VG, I would like to try this theme out but I don't want to patch my system UI files. Last time I patched my system with a tool from and suffered BSOD after installing windows updates. Is there any 100% reliable way exist for windows 8 UI file patching?

  • @rudrax
    Actually, the UXStyle doesn't actually patch any files - it merely runs an "Unsigned Themes" service to allow custom non-Microsoft-signed visual styles to be applied. I'm unsure of any other uxtheme patching methods, but self replacing or patching system files always carry a risk of rendering your operating system unusable, even if at a minimal risk.

  • Thats the theme I was waiting for...Superb Theme. You are a real genius VG. Thank you so much for making it.

  • @John, So there isn't any safe method to use 3rd party VS in windows 8?

  • VG

    ^^ UXstyle is absolutely safe to use. I have used this tool in so many PCs and never faced a single problem. The beauty of this tool is that it doesnt replace or modify any system file. It just loads its own small service so you'll never face any problem. It doesnt require any reboot. Just install and apply theme.

    It'll work with the help of Aero Glass mod as mentioned above.

    @Bandhan Islam

  • @VG, you mean, this one?

  • I used exactly that one. And they themselves say that it may be bugged. What kind of bug that could be?

  • Also, how to "choose" which features I want and which ones I don't?

  • @VG, almost decided to install Windows 7 due to lack of proper aero effects,been waiting for this for more than a year and you'll did it!
    Thanks for such a great work!

    @rudrax: Personally am using this "UltraUXThemePatcher_2.2"

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks. :)

    @Pratyush Nalam
    Its a theme so it'll only change the look. It'll not install any 3rd party software to change functionality. Its up to you whether you want to get extra effects using above mentioned tools or not. :)

  • @rudrax
    I personally used UXStyle, so I know it works, although, it has been sometimes problematic in some cases after installing certain Windows Updates (including BSODs on start-up). I found that entering Safe-Mode, then uninstalling UXStyle, then restarting Windows normally, then downloading a fresh copy, and finally installing it again fixes most of my problems. See if that works for you. :D

  • @John, Yeah but that a bit of extra headache. isn't it? Such kind of things should be instal and forget type.

    @rahulk, thanks for the head up :)

  • Thank you VERY VERY MUCH!!!

    I now have a practical desktop OS again! It still baffles me that Microsoft didn't offer something like this to begin with. This theme plus any non-fullscreen startmenu make Windows 8 a great desktop OS.

  • @rudrax

    Use universal theme patcher. It is safe to use and it can restore the default uxtheme.dll if you wish.

    To download just click here and click Save

  • VG

    ^^ Here you go:

    @CoOl KiNG
    Its already mentioned in following tutorial:

  • wht is de diffrnt between AeroVG Ei8ht.1ne & AeroVG Ei8ht?

  • toooooooooooooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooooooood

  • VG

    ^^ AeroVG Ei8ht theme can be used in Windows 8. On the other hand, AeroVG Ei8ht.1ne theme was created for Windows 8.1 users.

  • Might try it once i switch to windows 8. Frankly i haven't been the least bit interested in windows 8 since it's launch. Still on my windows 7 with aerovg 7 theme

  • On windows 8.1 64 bit, my quicklaunch is messed up(the icons are warped)

  • VG

    ^^ Yep. I know about that issue and an update is coming to fix the issue very soon. ;)

    UPDATE: The theme has been updated. Please re-download the theme and you'll no longer see the jumplist bug.

  • VG

    ^^ Its mentioned in the topic:

  • I have the Windows 10TP installed, Will this theme work on the technical preview?

  • how did u manage to remove metro interface from top of explorer?
    wow, must try.

  • Patched Windows 8.1 using UxStyle , apparently none of the effects are seen (all the 4)..................

  • not work on win 8.1 enterprise 32...please, make for video tutorial..

  • Is there an option for an Aero style in Stardock's Start8

  • I was pretty thrilled with this very nice theme. Sadly, after a couple of days, the window buttons reverted to the original win 8.1 style instead of the Longhorn/ 7 ones. Reinstalling the theme patcher and the theme has not helped. Any ideas?

  • VG

    ^^ It might happened that Windows installed new updates which overwrote patched files. Now once you patch the files again, apply default Windows theme and then re-apply AeroVG theme.

  • hi, is there any way to change minimize, maximize and close buttons in AeroVG Ei8ht.1ne RTM theme to normal win 8.1 style (plain and flat instead of 3d like)

  • VG

    ^^ You'll need to edit .msstyles file and replace the resources.

  • hi VG, i'm using win8.1 version, how safe is this file to use. Is it really gonna harm my pc?

  • VG

    ^^ No. 3rd party themes are safe to use. Transformation packs might be harmful sometimes as they also change system files, etc.

  • I have extracted AeroVG Ei8ht theme on windows 8. may i'm gonna use this theme?

  • My Se7en UI theme does the same thing, but doesn't have the Windows 3.1-style minimize and maximize buttons (no offense.)

  • Is this theme available for Windows 10 RTM? If not, please port this theme or tell us how to port this theme to Windows 10.
    Thanks in Advance

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks for showing your interest in this theme. I'll try to port it to Windows 10 in future. Cant confirm any date. :)

  • Thanks VG! Good to know that you keep porting AeroVG to Windows 10 in mind!

    I'm holding off on Windows 10 until there's a non-flat theme for it. I can't stand flatness in a high-res GUI. Flatness might work on phones and tablets, but it's a bad idea for large screens. Especially in a heavy multi-tasking environment. Flat wide borders overlapping each other are super ugly and they actually hamper productivity.

  • VG

    ^^ In the meantime you can try following themes:

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