Transform Windows 7 Into Windows 8: Add User Tile

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Saturday, June 25th, 2011 - Comments

If you want to get more Windows 8 features in Windows 7, first try this tool to change the color of Windows 7 themes based on desktop wallpaper. Then download the following tool to add a user tile to Windows 7.

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Transform Windows 7 Into Windows 8

Early versions of Windows 8 have this feature that will allow you to quickly access important functions like lock, log off, switch user and your user account picture right from the taskbar.

A clever DeviantArt user found a way to put the Windows 8 user tile on the Windows 7 taskbar.

Download Taskbar UserTile Alpha

Right now there can still be some bugs, because the program is an alpha. However, Windows 8 enthusiasts who want to turn Windows 7 into Windows 8 and want more than our Windows 8 themes should definitely give this tool a try.

When you click on the user account picture, you will open up the control panel.

How to change user account picture

To set your own account picture on the taskbar you currently need to edit the path in the config.ini – simply open the ini file with a notepad editor and change the path.

Or you can simply copy a png file into the Resources folder and rename it to the default png file that already exists. By default Taskbar UserTile (the name of the program) automatically uses the PNG file in the Resources folder.

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Written by: Oliver Krautscheid
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One Response to Transform Windows 7 Into Windows 8: Add User Tile

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Windows8 said:

    I have tested the Windows 8 early leaks and user tile is one of the first couple of changes added to Windows 8. I think this is quite useful in touch based system to access the user details instantly.

    This is good if you want to experience these features without installing the Windows 8 leaks.

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