There are many ways to personalize your Windows device and make it look unique. In some of our articles we presented the best download locations for icons, mouse cursors schemes and many other visual elements. In this article we would like to present five great download locations for Windows 7 and Windows 8 themes. These websites provide many good looking themes, for free. Some of them provide original content and they feature works by photographers and illustrators. Let's get started:
1.Microsoft's Personalization Gallery
As you would expect Microsoft's Personalization Gallery is one of the greatest places to download Windows themes. Windows includes a set of personalization features like panoramic themes that extend across two monitors, windows colors that change automatically to match each desktop background image and the ability to have them appear on your Start screen. If you still use Windows 7, don't be disappointed. Microsoft provides a lot of great themes that compatible with this version. Your computer will look great no matter what version of Windows you use.
DeviantART is the largest online art community with over 33 milions artists and art appreciators registered as users. Is has some great looking themes from artists all over the world. Unfortunately, it doesn't have too many themes, but the community brings constantly new content, and we are sure that you can find something that will suit you.
3. 7 Tutorials
You didn't see this coming, did you? Well, it's true. Our website, 7 Tutorials provides a great collection of high definition themes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. What's great about them is that they feature original works by photographers and illustrators and, of course, they are free. Do a little research and tell us which themes you liked most.
4. Expo Themes
Expothemes is a Windows customization blog that helps you customize your desktop with cool wallpapers from movies and video games. They started as a small website in March 2012 and now they have become one of the most well known developers of Windows themes. If you are a gamer or a movie buff, this is a great place for you.
TechNorms is another reliable source of Windows themes. You can choose whether you want to visit their Windows 7 Themes Gallery or their Windows 8.1 Themes Gallery. You can choose between various categories like anime, art and artists, games, movies, nature, tech and many others.
How To Install A Windows Theme
To install a theme that you downloaded, click its "*.themepack" file in Windows 7 or its "*.deskthemepack". The theme will be saved in the My Themes section from Personalization window. You can access Personalization window in Windows 8.1 by opening the Charms and then clicking or taping Settings. In Windows 7 you can access the Personalization window from Control Panel. The theme will be automatically applied and installed, so you won't be needing the file anymore.
If you modify the theme, an Unsaved Theme is created which contains the initial settings as well as the alterations that you have made. The original version you installed on your Windows device is kept as a separate theme.
If you want to save the changes you have made click or tap Save theme.
If you want to delete the current theme, you need to select another theme first. Then, right-click or press and hold the theme you want to remove and then, click or tap Delete theme.
If you need more tips on how to customize your themes, please read our dedicated guide: How to customize Windows 7 themes.
The websites we presented in this article are reliable sources where you can find plenty of great looking themes. We're sure that in only a couple of minutes you will find what you are looking for and it will help you transform the looks of your Desktop. If you know other great sources for free themes, please share them with us, using the comments form below, we'd love to add more resources to this list.