Transform Windows 7 into Windows 8 RTM without using Customization Pack

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UPDATE: Tutorial updated to match latest Windows 8 RTM UI.

Finally, the wait is over. After getting so many requests to post a tutorial to transform Windows 7 into Windows 8, today we are happy to announce it. This is the 4th tutorial of our "Transform Windows" series. You can take a look at other 3 tutorials using following links:

Although we have posted a few 3rd party transformation packs in past which help you in making Windows 7 look-like Windows 8 like Windows 8 UX Pack and Windows 8 Transformation Pack but this tutorial has been created for people who love to do the task manually and want to use selected things to convert Windows 7 into Windows 8 so that they can have an idea what they are going to do with their system.

NOTE: Please create a Restore point using "System Restore" before applying anything mentioned in this tutorial so that you can restore your system back to default if you don't like the changes.

After following this tutorial, you'll get the same Windows 8 look in your Windows 7. Following is a list of things which are going to change after following this tutorial:

  • Windows Theme or Visual Style and Wallpapers
  • Boot Screen
  • Login Screen or Welcome Screen
  • Start ORB or Start Button
  • Icons, Sounds and Cursors
  • Ribbon UI in Windows Explorer
  • Start Screen with Live Tiles
  • Charms Bar
  • Windows 8 Metro Task Manager
  • User Picture Tile in Taskbar
  • Aero Auto-Colorization Feature
  • Centered Titlebar text, icon and Up Button in Windows Explorer
  • Extras

So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:

Windows Theme or Visual Style and Wallpapers

Windows 8 features a clean and minimal theme which doesn't come with Aero glass transparency and blur effect. You can get a look-like interface in Windows 7 using following themes:

Windows_8_RTM_Theme_Windows_7.png

Download your desired theme using following topics:

You can also check out many other Windows 8 Metro UI inspired themes for Windows 7 in our exclusive Themes and Wallpapers section.

Boot Screen

Windows 8 comes with a new clean and minimal boot screen which looks like following:

Windows_8_Boot_Screen

You can get a similar boot screen in Windows 7 using following article:

Download Windows 8 RTM Boot Screen for Windows 7

Login Screen or Welcome Screen

Windows 8 login screen looks very simple and doesn't provide any eye candy effects as shown in following screenshot:

Windows_8_Login_Screen

To get Windows 8 login screen in Windows 7, check out following articles:

Download Windows 8 RTM Login Screen for Windows 7

Download Windows 8 Blue Login Screen for Windows 7

To get the date and time on login screen, check following topic:

Download Windows 8 Metro Logon Clock Screensaver

You can also check following awesome Windows 8 concept login screen for Windows 7:

Download Windows 8 Concept Login Screen "Gloosh" for Windows 7

Start ORB or Start Button

Although Microsoft has completely removed Start Menu and Start button from Windows 8 but Windows 7 users can replace existing Start ORB with a nice looking Windows 8 style Start button as shown in following screenshot:

You can get this Start button in Windows 7 using following tutorial:

Get New Windows 8 Start ORB (Start Button) in Windows 7

Icons, Sounds and Cursors

Windows 8 icons are almost similar to Windows 7. You can get new Windows 8 sounds and cursors from following topic:

Download Windows 8 Sounds and Cursors for Windows 7

Ribbon UI in Windows Explorer

Windows 8 also features Office 2010 Ribbon UI in Windows Explorer. You can get the Ribbon UI in Windows 7 Explorer using following articles:

Start Screen with Live Tiles

Microsoft has featured a new Start Screen in Windows 8 which looks similar to Windows Phone 7 home screen. It basically shows live tiles of the installed programs in Windows 8.

You can get this new Start Screen in Windows 7 using following articles:

Charms Bar

Windows 8 also comes with new Charms Bar which is a black sidebar panel which shows some useful shortcuts like Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings when you move your mouse cursor to right-side of screen.

Windows_8_Charms_Bar_Windows_XP_Vista_7.png

You can get this new Charms Bar in Windows 7 using following articles:

Windows 8 Metro Task Manager

Windows 8 comes with new modern and advanced Task Manager which opens in a small window and shows the running programs list.

Metro_Task_Manager

You can get a similar Metro Task Manager in Windows 7 using following topic:

Get Windows 8 Look-Like Metro Task Manager in Windows XP, Vista and 7

User Picture Tile in Taskbar

Initial Windows 8 testing builds featured new user picture tile in Taskbar notification area. It was added because of the integrated Windows Live services in Windows 8 shell.

If you want, you can get it in Windows 7 using following topics:

Aero Auto-Colorization Feature

One of the most interesting feature of Windows 8 is "Aero Auto-Colorization" which is the ability to automatically configure the color of Aero elements, like the Start Menu, Windows Explorer windows, and the taskbar based on the desktop wallpaper.

You can get the same effect in Windows 7 using following free tools:

Centered Titlebar text, icon and Up Button in Windows Explorer

Windows 8 Explorer comes with good old "Up" button in toolbar. The Explorer window also shows titlebar text along with icon in center.

Official_Windows_8_Screenshot.png

Windows 8 Shows Centered Titlebar Text, Icon and New Up Button in Explorer

You can get the same in Windows 7 using following tutorial:

How to Get Windows 8 "Up" Button and Titlebar Text in Windows Vista and 7 Explorer?

Extras

Following are some software and skins which will provide Windows 8 Metro UI feeling in Windows 7. You should definitely have a look at them:

That's all for now. After following all above mentioned steps, you'll get Windows 8 look-n-feel in Windows 7.





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