Who doesn’t love to personalize and customize his/her favourite applications? Whether it’s an application or whole operating system, nowadays everyone likes to theme it as per his needs making it a much more pleasant experience.
Being one of the most used operating systems, Windows is packed with possibilities and theming options that are available since it came out. And Microsoft has been constantly working on it to improve it and the results are visible.
Previously launched Microsoft’s Windows 8 has been upgraded to a new, better and well-polished Windows 8.1 so it’s time to look at what options are now available for the latest version named Windows 8.1. Here we have arranged and covered some of the most beautiful Windows 8.1 themes developed by third-parties and the owner Microsoft.
We have observed Windows 8 and its performance closely, the OS was launched by the developers with some major improvements in features as well as design. Though in terms of a user interface including both, themes and visual styles, the Windows 8 and 8.1 are not much different from each other.
As the default theme currently being used in both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 themes are very identical. So not everyone likes the professional feel and look it offers.
Therefore, if you are among the people who love to customize and looking to change their Windows 8/8.1/RT 8.1 then you are at the right place as today we are covering 15 most popular Windows 8 and 8.1 themes that are free to download and use.
Aero Glow 8.1 (by ~MrGriM01)
Let’s admit the fact first, that the kind of visual appeal that Windows 7 brought with it was not only pleasing to the eyes but very user-friendly as well.
There are so many Windows users who miss their old Windows 7 so here is a theme that will bring your Windows 7 almost back. You can download and Install Aero Glow 8.1 and it will turn your Windows 8 into something similar but a lot better than old Windows 7.
Bel Minimal (by ~cu88)
Having, Ubuntu type minimal interface the theme is very simple and clear. And as the title suggests Bel Minimal is a very minimalistic theme which is basically targeted at artists as it is easy to build their imagination at the empty space available.
Abisso 2014 (by ~ezio)
This blackish theme is for those who love black and dark coloured themes. Though because of the dark theme and the kind of interface it has, it becomes a bit difficult to use at times. But no matter what, the theme is unique and it is very popular among gamers, hackers, geeks and other techies due to the feeling it brings.
Elegant (by ~swapnil36fg)
With this theme, you can have both Windows 7 and Windows 8 at the same time. As Elegant is a good mix of both so you can enjoy using both without installing or uninstalling anything.
It also has a good combination and mixes up of some beautiful colours that make the theme experience even more pleasant.
Naumn (by ~cu88)
Naumn is also a very simple theme just like other minimalistic themes. It has an upside taskbar which looks really interesting and is very useful to users. Along with all that, you will also get smart user interface of Windows 8/8.1.
Vanilla (by ~link6155)
If you want a trending and stylish theme then this one is a great theme with stylish icons, visual effects and smart shortcut options. Another plus point of this great and useful theme is this smart style. Deserves a try.
Tequila port (by ~rian76)
Here is a nice theme that is made for the apple fans. Tequila port has a very minimal design. And it has some handy shortcut icons added in the windows which surely increases the productivity of the theme.
So if being a Windows 8 user you want the taste and user experience of apple then you install this theme and you will have it ready on your computer in no time.
Xgreen (by ~TermitBOSS)
As the name suggests, the Xgreen is a theme with a greenish look and feel which is liked by a large number of users. It has a great design and feel, and the user interface is neat clean which makes the user experience even more pleasant.
This great theme is a must try for the users who like neat and uncluttered theming experience.
Gray8.1 (by ~gsw953onDA)
This one is a unique theme, which is completely different from all other themes. And therefore, it makes your computer look amazingly great and thus it stands apart. The Clipart like a theme is equally popular among all kind of users, irrespective of their age.
The Grey 8.1 is really awesome and the icons and visual appearances are really great. If you want a great looking theme which is unique as well then, this irresistible and visually stunning theme is perfect for you.
Claro (by ~2befree)
Another good theme which is a great combination of both Mac and Ubuntu operating system that you can install over your Windows 8. The theme is made of different colours such as white, silver, grey and others.
And therefore, it looks really cool and gives a rich and soothing feel. So, if you are a Mac or Ubuntu fan and want that experience on your Windows 8 then you should install and give it a try.
X-reD Theme for win 8/8.1 (by cu88)
This one is not just a theme as it has some very good modifications as well. The start menu is floating and Windows UI is made more logical by eliminating minimize/restore buttons.
Combined with Light and Dark Red over white colour it’s a unique and neat theme that gives you enough breathing space to work with freedom. So, if you are looking for a theme with the great visual appeal, nice colour combination and modified buttons then this is your best bet.
Elune for Windows 8 (by neiio)
Elune is a minimalistic theme but the UI is enhanced which makes it one of the best minimal themes available at present. Elune is very well designed but the best thing about it that makes it different from other themes is that it comes with full support of Windows 8 auto-colourization feature.
So if one is a lover of minimally styled themes that brings great and enhanced UI as well then he/she should definitely try it some time.
Liza Dark for Windows 8/8.1 (cu88)
The flat UI concept is taken to the next level by minimalizing the interface even more in this theme named Liza Dark. The flat theme is made of mainly two colours i.e. orange and grey that are highlighted.
The colour combo is eye-catching, pleasant and minimal that provides clutter-free user interface. So Liza Dark is made for the ones who are looking for a theme which is not only good looking but offers clutter-free experience.
CamVs (by ~HungHello)
Another great theme which is a visual treat in itself. The theme is basically a combo of mainly two colours i.e. white and yellow. It’s not only visually appealing but very soothing and pleasing to the eyes as well.
CamVs is also good for those who do not like heavy themes as it is not very heavily modified and customized. So, if someone is a fan of light, soothing and creamy customization then this one is a perfect fit for him/her.
Mimi (by ~cu88)
Last in our list but not the least, this is by far one of the most visually appealing themes I have come across in the recent time. Whether you talk about the colours used, nicely and uniquely designed tabs or the overall feel, the theme delivers at every aspect of customization.
It is basically for those who wish to have everything, from design to interface, in a single theme. So, it is a complete package which really deserves a try.
Requirements and User Guide
To apply these or any other third-party themes, first of all, you need to patch the UxTheme.dll file on your computer. For that, you can install any patcher such as the UXTheme Multi-Patcher tool. Here is a little guide that we have prepared for you as you might need it –
First of all, download the latest version of UxTheme Multi-Patcher and extract the contents of the downloaded zip.
Then launch the tool, and you have to make sure the ‘Set Windows X’s Live as default home page’ option is unchecked as it will change your browser’s home page, then just click the ‘Patch’ button and then you just have to restart your computer once. Now you are ready to apply any third-party themes to your Windows 8 and 8.1 on your computer.
The third-party themes are a great way to personalize and customize your entire OS easily. Almost all themes here are developed and designed by the designers at DeviantArt so huge thanks to them as well.