You want to transform Windows 7 to Windows 8? Here’s the ultimate how-to.
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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:
The theme also transforms your Windows 7 Start Menu to make it look like a cool Windows 8 Start Menu!
The Metro UI really looks awesome in this Windows 8 inspired theme:
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.
More Cool Windows 8 Themes for Windows 7
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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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