If you have tried to use Windows 8 theme packs on Windows 7, you may have found that you will not be able to do so. This is because, Windows 8 uses a new file extension .deskthemepack, unlike the .themepack file extension in Windows 7. While you can apply Windows 7 themes on Windows 8, Windows 8 cannot be applied on Windows 7.
This is because Windows 8 adds additional support for multiple monitors with a single large wallpaper; and where the images are small, different images are displayed on each desktop. Moreover, themes in Windows 8 now support automatic color change for the windows, based on the primary color of the wallpaper displayed.
Use Windows 8 theme on Windows 7
But there is a way to use Windows 8 themes on your Windows 7.
To do so, download any Windows 8 theme of your choice and right-click on the Windows 8 theme file which you may have downloaded to your Windows 7 desktop and extract its contents using a free file extraction software like say 7-Zip.
The extracted files would be a .deskthemepack file and a DesktopBackground folder which would contain the wallpapers.
Now simply use the usual method to create a Windows 7 themepack, and save the theme for sharing.
Once you have done that, simply double-click on the theme to install it on your Windows 7. That’s it!
Install Windows 8 theme
To install Windows 8 themes, simply double-click on the files. This will install the new theme automatically.
A simple – but useful idea – and thanks to my MVP colleague Ganesh for thinking about it!