HOW-TO: Transform Windows 7 To Windows 8

You want to transform Windows 7 to Windows 8? Here’s the ultimate how-to.


How to transform Windows 7 Into Windows 8

Zetro: Best Windows 8 Theme for Windows 7 Yet?

One of the best ways to transform Windows 7 to Windows 8 is to download some of the best free Windows 8 themes. A rather special Windows 8 theme for Windows 7 allows you to fully transform Windows 7 to Windows 8! The theme is called Zetro and closely resembles the look of the Windows 8 Metro UI.

You can download Zetro here. Let’s take a quick look at the theme that transforms your UI. As you can see below the theme transforms the Windows 7 shell and the taskbar looks more like the taskbar of a Windows Phone 7:

Transform Windows 7 Taskbar

The theme also transforms your Windows 7 Start Menu to make it look like a cool Windows 8 Start Menu!

Transform Windows 7 Taskbar

The Metro UI really looks awesome in this Windows 8 inspired theme:

Transform Windows 7 Taskbar

It’s also a really clean way to transform Windows 7 to Windows 8 if you create backup files of your original system files. You can use our Windows 7 theme installer to install this theme, which you can download for free here.

Transform Windows 7 Taskbar

More Cool Windows 8 Themes for Windows 7

Alternatively, you can also download the Windows 8 Transformation Pack 2.0 that is also a very cool Windows 8 theme for Windows 7. Or The Windows 8 Metro SP1 Theme

To fully transform Windows 7 to Windows 8 you might also want to grab the following tools.

Windows 8 User Tile On Taskbar

Next, to transform Windows 7 into Windows 8 you should get a few programs to put user tiles on your desktop and and on your taskbar. With the following tools this becomes an easy task.

First put the user tile on the taskbar:
Windows 8 User Tile On Taskbar for Windows 7

Transform Windows 7 Into Windows 8 With User Tile On Taskbar

More Smart Windows 8 User Tiles

But there are many more smart Windows 8 user tiles, that can make Windows 7 look like Windows 8.
Windows 8 Metro UI for Windows 7

Get Windows 8 Meto UI Tiles

AeroTiles is pretty awesome, because it can put Aero user tiles on your desktop and transform your Windows 7 desktop into a productive, yet beautiful shortcut to the most commonly used folders and programs.

Aero Tiles for Windows 7

AeroTiles for Windows 7

Transforming Windows 7 UI: Add Windows 8 Drag/Drop Bar

And then there’s a very handy app with an innovative application switcher called Win8Menu. In short: It puts a layer on top of your desktop and a drag/drop bar that allows you to quickly switch between programs. You better watch the demo video to understand what I am talking about. Click on the link below.

Transform Windows 7 UI to Windows 8 UI

Transforming Windows 7 UI to Windows 8 UI

Windows 8 Boot Screen for Windows 7 and XP

What would be Windows 7 without a boot screen. If you want to fully transform Windows 7 into Windows 8 you need to change it. Changing the boot screen is still rather difficult (a few tools exists that can do the job). If you manage to find a good tool to change the boot screen, download the following Windows 8 boot screens for Windows 7 and Windows XP. Installing boot screens on XP is obviously a lot easier:

Download Windows 8 Boot Screen for Windows 7

Download Windows 8 Boot Screen for Windows 7

If you’re still on Windows XP, you can download a boot screen for XP here:
Download Windows 8 Boot Screen for Windows XP

Windows 8 Theme With Auto-Colorozation Feature

Still not enough? Let’s add an extra feature. With Aura Beta you can allow Windows 7 to change the taskbar color based on the color of your desktop wallpaper. A similar feature might be implemented into Windows 8. So, if you really want to transform Windows 7 to Windows 8 this should be a no-brainer. Awesome tool:

Turn Windows 8 Into Windows 7

Download AuraBeta For Windows 8 Auto-Colorization Theme

If you know of any other good tips to transform Windows 7 to Windows 8, post your ideas below. So far, I dare to say this is the most complete guide to fully transform it.

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