Download Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 RTM Themes and Wallpapers for Windows 7

UPDATE: The theme pack has been updated to include Windows 8.1 RTM themes, wallpapers, boot screen, login screen and other customization stuff.

Recently we shared Windows 8 RTM theme for Windows XP and now its turn of Windows 7 users. As we all know the testing builds of Windows 8 such as Consumer Preview featured Aero glass transparency and we shared a look-like theme for Windows 7 which can be found at following link:

Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Beta) Theme for Windows 7

But Microsoft has removed the Aero glass transparency from Windows 8 RTM theme. Windows 8 RTM comes with a clean and minimal theme without transparency and blur effects.

Today in this topic we are going to share a new theme for Windows 7 created by "mare-m" @ DA which brings Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 RTM look-n-feel to Windows 7. This theme will make your Windows 7 look-like Windows 8/8.1 RTM.

Following is a preview of this theme in action:


If you also want to transform Windows 7 into Windows 8/8.1 RTM, you should definitely give a try to this theme.

Interested people can follow these simple steps to enjoy the theme:

1. First download the theme using following link:

Download Windows 8/8.1 RTM Theme for Windows 7

2. After downloading the file, extract it using 7-Zip and you'll get 2 folders containing various Windows 8/8.1 RTM stuff such as theme, wallpapers, sound schemes, mouse cursors, fonts and Explorer toolbar back/forward buttons.

3. First go to "Windows 8~8.1 Themes" folder, it contains following sub-folders:

  • Windows 8 Earth Theme
  • Windows 8 Flowers Theme
  • Windows 8.1 Lines Theme
  • Windows 8~8.1 Theme

"Windows 8~8.1 Theme" is the main theme folder which contains Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 RTM look-like themes for Windows 7. The other folders contain different variations of the same themes.

4. Open the desired folder and you'll get 2 more folders in it:

  • Taskbar on Bottom or Left
  • Taskbar on Top or Right

If you use Taskbar on bottom or left, then you'll need to use the theme present in "Taskbar on Bottom or Left" folder, otherwise use the theme present in the second folder.

Each of the above mentioned folders contains 2 more folders:

  • Start Menu With User Picture
  • Start Menu Without User Picture

As the names explain, if you want to show user picture in Start Menu, then use the theme present in first folder. If you don't want to show user picture in Start Menu, then use the theme present in the second folder.

Open desired folder and copy all files and folders present in it to "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\" folder.

5. Now you can apply the theme using Desktop Personalization window. But make sure you have patched your system to use custom 3rd party themes as mentioned in following article:

How to Use 3rd Party Themes in Windows 7?

6. The theme folder also contains Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 RTM wallpapers, sound schemes and mouse cursors. All these stuff are automatically installed by the theme. If you are using Windows XP or Vista, you can copy them to your Windows and apply them.

7. The downloaded archive also contains files to replace default Back/forward buttons present in Windows Explorer with new Metro style buttons. To use them:

If you are using 64-bit Windows 7, you'll need to replace "ExplorerFrame.dll" file present in C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\sysWOW64 folders with the new files present in "Windows 8~8.1 Extras\Navigation Buttons\64-BIT" and "Windows 8~8.1 Extras\Navigation Buttons\32-BIT" folders respectively.

If you are using 32-bit Windows 7, you just need to replace "ExplorerFrame.dll" file present in C:\Windows\System32 folder with the new file present in "Windows 8~8.1 Extras\Navigation Buttons\32-BIT" folder.

Check out this link to learn more about replacing system files in Windows.

8. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 come with a modified Segoe UI font which can be installed in Windows 7 or other Windows versions by going to "Windows 8~8.1 Extras\Fonts\Segoe UI" folder, select all .TTF files, right-click and select "Install" option.

9. You'll also find Windows 8/8.1 boot screen, login screen, user account picture and a few other customization stuff in "Windows 8~8.1 Extras" folder.

That's all guys. Feel free to share your feedback about this theme in your comment...


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  • VG,

    Nice theme! But only taskbar is transparent. How it can be solved?

  • VG

    ^^ Its by design since Windows 8 only features transparency in Taskbar.

  • You are awesome Vishal. All of your creations are amazing. Thanks for sharing. ;)

  • VG, is non service pack allowed to do the Explorer frame? will my computer broke? IF not BROKE what are the risk of changing Explorer FRame?

  • VG

    ^^ I'll not advise to do so. It may make your system not bootable.

  • When I double click the theme i get a windows 7-ish yellow theme (I have universal patcher

  • If u can make this theme transparent and to choose a color, it will be a BEST theme of all time!!!!

  • ¿Se puede cambiar el color de las ventanas así conforme al gusto? (Colores personalizados como uno quiera por ejemplo morado, rosa, naranja, café, etc.)

  • So I Downloaded This For a While Then I Uninstalled it because my Computer was slow so when I speeded it up I wanted to re-install ux Theme Patcher But The It Says "The Uxtheme.dll has been tampered with the setup cannot continue" Or something like that and I Really want this theme but it doesn't allow me please reply as soon as you can.

  • but, how can i customize windows border like metro ui/win8 ?

  • You're amazing guy. I successfully made my windows 7 much better now. Glad to find this website. Thanks

  • I like the fonts in Windows 8 better, the fonts in Windows 8.1 are extremely blurry due to the new DPI scaling and the main reason I went back to Windows 7.

    How would I apply the Windows 8.1 theme with Windows 8 fonts?

  • VG

    ^^ Did you check following?

  • The theme does not seem to be working on the taskbar. The taskbar and all windows have a windows 97 look. I did everything that was needed, so what could be wrong?

  • @techdragon

    First you need to patch system theme at then re-apply theme.
    btw, there isnt a windows 97. there is only windows 95 and 98

  • It doesn't work for me. I looks like the Windows Classic theme though the cursor looks exactly like in Windows 8. Help me, please?

  • VG

    ^^ Did you patch your Windows?

  • Changing permissions/ownership says Acccess denied

  • this visual style is quite different from the real one... plz put the more real one

  • When I try to attach a file, I cannot see the left sidebar... please help

  • VG

    ^^ It seems you replaced the "ExplorerFrame.dll" file in your system. If yes, it might be possible that you used wrong version of included file with this theme. There are 2 different versions of the file, one for 32-bit and one for 64-bit Windows editions.

  • This is really great package that you have customized and the best this is the read me file for each feature there in...! Windows 7 feels great with the hint of windows 8 but the durability and ease of access goes the same as it was in Windows 7. The Old Laptop with Windows 7 is giving up the feeling of a new one...

  • so i have universal patcher and the themes just recolor my taskbar etc. I thought if i repatch it would fix but it said i could already use 3rd party themes. I dont know what to do. Please halp!

  • VG

    ^^ Run the patcher again and make sure its showing all 3 files are patched.

  • how to download file where is the download button. tell me !!!

  • I'm having a problem, when I download something, the window has not the panel on the right, just a white space...Why?
    pd: Thanks for theme!

  • I have the same problem when I try to attach a file, I cannot see the left sidebar.
    And I am sure a replaced "ExplorerFrame.dll" file with the correct one ( My Windows is x64 bit, and I used the file in 64-BIT folder. I don`k know if matters but a replace it through a Ubuntu Live USB.

  • awesome theme! almost perfect!!!

    How do you put you pic on the log on screen?

  • oh and is there going to be an update to make IE color match the toolbar?


  • Hi!
    Great tutorial :)
    One question: I have used the custom dll to change the logon screen but the user picture is just a "blank user", can that be changed?
    Many Thanks!

  • Hello, I did all this replaced the ExplorerFrame.dll but change the old one to ExplorerFrame_old.dll. After that it gives me Explorer.exe error now when I start up my screen is black help!!!

  • VG

    ^^ If you have another Windows installed, you can boot into that OS and restore default file. Otherwise you'll need to repair Windows using setup disc.

  • Can I use the theme without patching Windows 7 ?

  • VG

    ^^ No. You'll need to patch system files to be able to use 3rd party themes.

  • OK i got it without patching my system files the theme look like windows classic

  • Can i use the boot screen my windows is win7 no service pack

  • everyting works fine..but my system sound is gone!! :( pls help me VG..thank you

  • everything works fine..but my system sound gone!! :( pls help me VG..thank u

  • Very nice theme but where is a Windows 8 Release Preview theme??? It was here some time ago. I like this theme very much, I like transparency in Windows 8 RP theme. Yes, there is Consumer Preview theme but it's not so good (quite unfinished and little ugly). Please return Windows 8 Release Preview theme. Pleeease!!!

  • VG

    ^^ Here:

  • i cant change explorerframe.dll it says folder or file is open in another program and it displays system32 file as source pls help me:((

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

  • Hi VG. Theme is awesome. But one thing I've noticed that the places bar from common file dialog box has dissapeared from many applications like firefox, office, etc. I've tried to configure places bar in gpedit.msc but in vain. Please Help!

  • Sooo. I like the windows 8 theme, thus I tried to get it on my windows 7 pc as a theme. Which made explorer.exe go insane. I believe it has something to do with the explorerframe.dll being replaced. I changed the names of the originals, you think there's a way to change them back without being able to acces a explorer window?

  • So the color of the windows and task bar change when I select the windows 8 themes but everything stays in the style of windows 7. How do I get it so that it all changes to the look of Windows 8 with the pointy corner windows and all. I've restored and re-patched the theme permissions about 10 times now and that isn't making it work.

  • where is the download link???
    please anybody tell me please please please tell me.

  • @rk

    1st, click on "Download Windows 8/8.1 RTM Theme for Windows 7" in this page. - it will take you to DevianArt website

    Now, look on the TOP RIGHT SIDE. There will be a download button with a green arrow. Click it and the download will begin.
    Hope I helped ^^

  • I patched and applied the windows 8.1 theme.

    The theme works but not perfectly.
    The color chooser doesn't work for the windows frame, but only for the taskbar and start menu.
    To change windows color i have to apply different theme.

    Also transparency (absent in win 8) still works for the taskbar and start menu. Is it possible to enable it for the window frames.

    Please helppp

  • VG

    ^^ Those things are by design to mimic Windows 8/8.1 interface.

  • This isn't working! I installed the UxStyle Core but when i want to change
    to the windows 8.1 theme, it loads the Windows 7 theme without Aero design.
    Anybody help?

  • thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it works my boy

  • Like it. When I change Window Color in Personalization only Taskbar color changes. Window color remains same.

  • It isnt changing the transparency or the bar's in the computer folder

  • Also it isnt changeing the minimize maximise etc buttons

  • I cannot replace the files in the system32 folder.
    It says - You need permission to perform this action
    Please help :-(

  • VG

    ^^ First take ownership of the file:

  • i can't copy explorerframe.dll to system32 folder...
    It says ''the action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program''

  • VG

    ^^ Did you try to take ownership and rename the original file:

  • How to get the start button? It's a .png file.

  • Hello, Once i install the theme, i can delete it, or uninstall it to turn again into windows 7? THANKS ;)

  • VG

    ^^ Yes.

  • Hello,
    i did all steps but i dont get windows 8 window frame the blue metro frame i just get windows claassic or windows 7 aero glass blue help me :(

  • Hey, thank you very much. it works for me.
    But the problem is, how to change user picture on logon screen?

  • VG

    ^^ You can modify the file using Resource Hacker and replace the image.

  • Thanks, But how do I Get it back to Windows 7?
    And will it be just on the user I downloaded this on or will it be on all of the users on my laptop?

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • It says that Windows can't open this file. What do I do? Please help, thanks

  • VG, I can't be able to open up the Unity. And I do not understand what you mean when you say:
    Open desired folder and copy all files and folders present in it to "%windir%\Resources\Themes\" folder (where %windir% means "Windows" directory present in system drive where Windows is installed. Most probably C: drive). How do I copy the folders? Please Help and thanks.

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • I downloaded the first one, but the second and third one did not work. The UxStyle turned into UnityWebPlayer. Is that supposed to happen? And when I open it, it just says I have to agree to some conditions and then it says that it has been downloaded in my computer. I don't know what to do next. Please help! :C

  • VG

    ^^ It seems you downloaded something else. Try following direct download link:

  • It has said that it has completed the download. It doesn't do anything else.. what do I do?

  • VG

    ^^ Did you extract the ZIP file and run the installer after downloading the file?

  • Vg, what do you mean when you say : Open desired folder and copy all files and folders present in it to "%windir%\Resources\Themes\" folder (where %windir% means "Windows" directory present in system drive where Windows is installed. Most probably C: drive). Please answer thanks

  • VG

    ^^ I have updated the line with more simple language. :)

  • Thanks! But when you say that, do I have to copy and paste them literally like that, or do you mean something else?
    Sorry if I am bothering you with these questions

  • VG

    ^^ You need to open those folders and copy the .theme file and its corresponding folder to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder.

  • Sorry to bother you again, but will this do any changes to my laptop, or is this JUST a theme?

  • VG

    ^^ If you are not sure, you should only use the theme files. It'll only change Windows look, nothing else. Do not use other system DLL files.

  • VG, is there a video I can watch on this to understand it more?

  • VG

    ^^ No. What problem are you facing. I'll try to help if you tell me more details.

  • I do not understand why I have to put the files in Disk C, and when I understand why, it still does not work.

  • VG

    ^^ You need to put all themes in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder so that they can appear in Desktop properties window. Once you put .theme file and its folder in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder, you'll be able to apply the theme using Desktop properties.

  • Where is desktop properties? I'm so sorry for all these questions.

  • VG, when I go to Resources in Disk C, and I press on Windows 8 Theme, the picture is just black. By this, I mean when I press the theme, and on the bottom left, it shows a black rectangle. Then when I apply it, the theme just makes my current theme bigger, and my current theme just fills the whole screen. Please help, thanks.

  • VG

    ^^ I'll advise you to not use 3rd party themes as it seems you are not familiar with these stuff. Since you'll need to patch system files, etc, I'm afraid it might cause problems to you.

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    GO 2 MALL......
    .BUY NEW PC......
    .. ;/

  • Help me please, I have already installed all but the boot screen when I applied to the program exits Win7BootUpdater that could not be completed because the file is modified winload.exe an update or something.

  • i rebooted my computer and after i log in only black screen appears. can someone help me please?

  • When i replace ExplorerFrame.dll in both system32 and SysWOW64 (im using 64 bit) It works perfectly, but some programs is having an error 'Class not registered' .. Example in Google Chrome, in Downloads tab when i click 'Show in folder' this class not registered error is appearing. This is happening on some of my programs too, I have no choice but to replace the modded ExplorerFrame.dll to the original one to make it work correctly. But i really want to keep the modded dll so the navigation buttons looks like on windows 8 :P, is there a way to fix this? Thanks

  • HEY! it justs switches to windows basic! :( WHY!

  • Hey I just wanted know what will happen if I do this in windows 7 professional that is not sp1 ??

  • VG

    ^^ You can use the themes but dont use the system files such as EXE, DLL, etc.

  • hi VG,
    i already Patch with Universal Patcher before i try to following these tutorial,
    but the result not the same like u post as above :(
    windows border is correct, but my Start Logo Orb doesn't changes.. still same like my windows 7 before :(
    any advise for these?
    all answer its most welcome :)

    warm regards

  • VG

    ^^ Start ORB is not a part of the theme. You'll need to replace system files to change Start ORB as given in Extras folder.

  • Is there a way to uninstall the theme so it's back to looking like Windows 7?

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

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