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Guide: How to use Windows 7 themes on Windows 8 and Vice-Versa

Extract Windows 8 Themes_ll Alright, by now a lot of you upgraded to Windows 8 – if you’re one of those, then find out how you can use your Windows 7 themes on Windows 8 and vice-versa

Simple Solution: Applying .Themepacks on Windows 8 Still Works

1. Step Download some of our Windows 7 themes! You can find our Top 50 themes here. Make sure it’s a *.themepack file, that is important

2. Step If you don’t know the extension of a file you’ve downloaded, make sure to read our tutorial how to view and change extensions in Windows 8

3. Step Alright, now you’ve downloaded a Windows 7 theme and it will look similarly to this:

Anatonmy Of A Windows 7 Themepack File.png

4. Step If you are on Windows 8, you can now simply double-click this file and it will automatically apply it

Unpacking Themepack File

Themepack Files Supported On Windows8.png

More Complicated: Applying Custom Shell Themes on Windows 8

If you are on Windows 8 and you are used to applying your own custom Windows 7 themes, then you might run into problems applying them on Windows 8

Windows 8 uses a new shell, many files like the explorer.exe have changed, therefore it is a lot more complicated to apply Windows 7 shell themes. You’d have to extract the images from the .msstyles files and then use it in a new Windows 8 shell theme

More Complicated: Applying .DeskThemepacks on Windows 7

Applying themes that were created on Windows 7 is no problem on 8, but vice-versa is a problem, because 7 does not actively support the .deskthemepack file extension

When you save a theme on Windows 8 using the Personalization Control Panel

Saving A Theme On Windows8.png

It will have this extension:

Deskthemepack Files Are Not Supported By Windows7.png

Solution: Extract DeskThemepack To Get Wallpapers / Icons / Sounds

1. Step Download 7Zip

2. Step Right-click on the .deskthemepack file and click Open with

Open File With

3. Step Click the item “More Options”

 

Open With Option On Windows8

You can now see 7zip and other programs that may be able to open the file

Open Deskthemepack With 7Zip

4. Step Select 7zip and select all files within that archive, then extract all files and locate the wallpapers in the folder DesktopBackground

Extract Windows 8 Themes.png

If you still have problems with using the themes, post a question below

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Published: Sunday, April 14th, 2013 Last Modified: April 14, 2013

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