We have a prepared a little package for all first-timers here who would like a few Windows 8 themes for their desktop.
Shell Themes – Download Links (Difficult Installation
Many have created some really amazing themes when they first heard that Microsoft is working on Windows 8. The following Windows 8 themes are so called custom visual styles for older Windows operating systems (including XP)
DeskThemepacks: Easy Installation (Double-Click
New Custom Windows 8 Themes! (for Windows 7)
We have added more Windows 8 themes. The following theme is a dark shell theme inspired by Windows 8:
And a new Windows 8 transformation pack for Windows 7:
Here’s is a new theme for Windows 7 that adds a lot of Windows 8 features, including the Metro desktop, user tiles, Aero auto-color and many more
Windows 8 Themepack Themes For Windows 7
April Update: Some new Windows 8 themes have been added. A new themepack with the latest Windows 8 M3 wallpapers can be downloaded here:
December Update: We have added a themepack for all Windows 7 users that includes various Windows 8 wallpapers. You can download this theme here:
Windows 8 Shell Themes (for Windows 7)
This theme modifies the progress bar, the start panel, the explorer shell, the start orb, the login screen and much more.
Windows 8 Transformation Themes (for Vista)
A Windows Vista theme that modifies your shell, logon backgrounds, desktop wallpapers, system tray icons and more. Mufflerexoz put a lot of work into this “Pro” theme. If Windows 8 will look similar to this we already have a winner ;)
Seriously, Microsoft should definitely hire some of the many dedicated theme designers to help improve the GUI (You probably heard the news that many parts of Windows 7 were inspired by MAC OS X). Muffler also created many other themes for XP, Vista and Windows 7. Hopefully, we will see some similar Windows 8 themes soon.
Ultimate Windows 8 Theme (for Vista)
A very simple transparent theme that modifies the Start orb and the build numbers. The creator is also probably using ObjectDock to add a MAC-like dock.
Windows 8 Superbar Themes
If you want to get a Windows-7-like taskbar in Windows Vista you’ll definitely need the “Superbar”. This theme inspired by Windows 8 makes use of the Superbar.
Windows 8 ViGlance Theme (for Vista)
Another theme by muffler that is using the Windows 7 Superbar. It also modifies the start orb.
Windows 8 Themes (for XP)
So far there are not a lot of themes for Windows XP, but we will be on the lookout for more.
A Windows 8 theme for XP that simply rocks. Of course Windows 8 won’t be out for a couple years, but Studio48 has been inspired by the amazing Windows 8 news and concepts.
WindowBlinds Theme (Windows 7/Vista)
Another great desktop theme has been created by caezar, but for this one you need WindowBlinds:
We have added the themes ZIP file to our mirror. Download it below.
If you have created any Windows 8 themes, please post a link below so we can include them here. So far, this is the most complete list of Windows 8 themes.