In this tutorial, we will be going to show you how to install a theme on Windows 8. Generally, themes are used to change the feel and look if the desktop or your windows if you are tired of seeing one over and over again. Downloading and installing a Microsoft theme is easy but if you want to install a third party theme, then you need some extra tools to get the job done. We will be discussing both of these things in detail and will show you how to properly get it done.
Installing official Theme
- First off, go to Microsoft website and choose any theme you want. When you open it, it will show you a button or a link to download that theme on your computer. After you click on it, the download will start.
- After the download is finished, go to the folder where you downloaded it.
- Check if the file extension is .themepack or .deskthemepack. These are the file extensions for Microsoft Windows theme. These types of themes do not require a third party tool to install them.
Simply double click on the file, follow the instructions and your theme will be installed.
Installing a third party Theme
Installing a third party theme is a bit tricky. As described earlier you need few things to install third party themes. There are few ways to do this. Choose any one you want. Remember, third party themes have a file extension .theme compared to .themepack or .deskthemepack file extension for official themes. This is how you can distinguish between them.
We recommend you to use this software to install any third party theme. Just go to their website, download the software and install it. Download the Windows 8 version since we are dealing with Windows 8 here.
The beauty of this software is that it does not interact with any file on the system (except for the theme files) and works separately inside the system memory.
UltraUXThemePatcher is a rather big tool to use just for installing a theme. But it does provide additional functionalities including backing up your original system files, checking the theme compatibility with your system, rebuilding the files once the new theme is installed etc. This software is best if you do not trust a third party theme to be as efficient as it could be.
We will be using this as a demo for installing Windows 8 theme.
- Download and install UltraUXThemePatcher.
- Just go with the default settings, do not change anything.
- Once done, download a third party theme from anywhere. You can use this link to download http://www.bestwin8themes.com/tag/third-party/
- Once you download the theme, extract them to a folder. The extracted files will look similar to the one shown below.
5. Now, place the Elune8.theme inside c:\windows\resources\themes.
6. Once placed, double click on it and the UltraUXThemePatcher will do the rest for you.
Using Skin Pack Auto UXThemePatcher
This is not the best of tools but you can try it. Download it from here. It just provides additional features if you want to edit the custom theme yourself and repack it. Otherwise, you are good to go with the first two options.