HOW-TO: Transform Windows 7 To Windows 8
You want to transform Windows 7 to Windows 8? Here’s the ultimate how-to.
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.
More Smart Windows 8 User 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.
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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