I use Windows and thankfully, there is an active community of Windows users who customize almost everything about it, from the default apps to the desktop themes. Microsoft obviously doesn’t recommend this, but just like Windows 7, the desktop can be themed if you are using Windows 8 as well. In this article, the focus will not only be on changing the theme’s colors, but, I will try to show you how you can change the desktop theme in itself.
The different desktop themes for Windows 8 include desktop backgrounds and icons which you can use if you wish. These don’t only change the desktop colors, but the look of the windows buttons can also be altered. You can even tweak appearances of different interface elements such as checkboxes, buttons, menus etc.
Out of the box, Windows 8 doesn’t support third party desktop themes, just like Windows 7. So, some system files need to be patched first. Well, this is not as tough as you may think, you just need to download a program called UltraUXThemePatcher and run the same. After the same finishes running, you need to reboot the system.
Now, the third party themes should be downloaded. These files finish with .theme file extension. Now, locate this folder in your system: C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. You need to place the theme files inside this directory. If you have done it correctly, these will be appearing right in the standard theme window. Just right click on the desktop and select Personalize to see the installed themes. Double click on any of the themes (You will find these under the section Installed Themes) and the same will be applied to your desktop.
Remember, some themes include icons and system modifications. You need to install these separately and a read over the readme file of the specific theme will give you a better idea.