Now that Microsoft has released the technical preview of forthcoming Windows 10 to public, developers are already on their role extracting every bits and pieces from it. Windows 10 visual style based theme is now available for download from one of the developer from the deviantart community.
Note that this is not a simple desktop theme that only changes the desktop wallpaper, sounds, and windows colors, but it is a full fledged visual style that is capable of skinning too. This Windows 10 visual style does a great job in resembling the actual Windows 10 skinning. To let you understand, here is a comparison of actual Windows 10 and Windows 7 styled Explorer with this theme.
Here is how the Windows 7 Explorer, styled with Windows 10 theme looks:
And this is the actual Windows 10 technical preview’s explorer:
Apart from the Window skinning, the developer sagorpirbd of the Windows 10 theme has included shell32.dll, ExplorerFrame.dll, and Start ORB Image. Let’s walk you through the steps on how to download and apply the theme.
Important Note: This theme can only be applied on Windows 7 with Aero capability. Installing custom Visual style is tricky, not recommended for beginners. If you still want to try it out, make sure to create a “System Restore Point” before proceeding further, so that you can always revert to previous state if anything goes wrong.
Step 1) Patch Windows Skinning Files
Before you proceed to apply the third party visual style, you need to patch 3 Windows system files viz. uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll and themeservice.dll. Head over to our detailed article “How to install Custom Visual Style based Themes in Windows 7“, and then return back here.
Step 2) Download Windows 10 visual style theme for Windows 7
This Windows 10 visual style is in beta stage, hence may have some bugs. Seeing by the developers history, it seems like the theme will be updated frequently, so instead of giving a direct download link, we are giving you the link to the webpage where you can download the latest version of theme.
Step 3) Applying Windows 10 theme on Windows 7 PC
i) The downloaded file is typically a zip file, extract it, and navigate to the folder “Windows 10 Theme for Windows 7” > “Themes”. There will be a folder “Windows 10”, and a theme file “Windows 10.theme” in it.
ii) Copy both the files, and paste it into the following folder in Windows installation directory: Windows > Resources > Themes.
iii) Right-click on desktop and select “Personalize”.
If everything went well, you should see Windows 10 theme in the Personalization Gallery.
Double-click on it to apply it, you should immediately see the skin transformation! Enjoy your new Windows 10!