Download Windows 10 themes from the Windows Store

You can now download Windows 10 desktop themes from the Windows Store. Earlier, to download Desktop themes for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 or Windows 7, one had to visit the Personalization Gallery, where one could download themes as well as wallpapers – but not anymore! Now starting with Windows 10 Creators Update, you may have to visit the Windows Store.

A theme pack usually contains the following things:

  1. Wallpaper with or without Slideshows
  2. Window color
  3. Sounds
  4. Screen Saver.

But this can vary from theme to theme.

Currently, you can visit Microsoft here to download the desktop themes. Once here, on the left side, you will see the categories. The themes have been neatly categorized under headings like Art, Games, Holiday & seasons, Movies, Natural wonders, Plants & flowers, and so on.

windows 10 themes

These are also special pages where you can check out and download the themes submitted by the Community, Panoramic themes for Dual Monitors as well as some which come with Custom Sounds.

Windows 7 users will have to click on the Compatible with Windows 7 link to download the themes which are suitable for their version of the Windows operating system.

To download any theme, all you need to do is select the category and then the theme. Once done, click on the Download link. Once the download is complete, double-click on the downloaded .themepack file to install it. Once it is installed, your Windows will open the Appearance & Personalization Control panel applet.

Download Desktop themes from Windows Store

In the Windows Store, the themes have been filed under Personalization category and you can go to that section directly by visiting the Windows Store here. Currently, this feature is enabled for Windows Insiders only but as mentioned, it will be available for all once Windows 10 Creators Update is released.

To download any theme, all you need to do is select the theme and click on the blue Get the app button. Once the download is complete, the theme will be automatically installed.

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Some of the themes available are:

  • Alaskan Landscape
  • Australian Landscape
  • Beauty of Britain 2
  • Cats Anytime
  • Dark Skies
  • Dogs in Summer
  • Dogs in Winter
  • German Landscape
  • Illusions
  • Surreal Territory.

Enjoy customizing your Windows 10!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. MmeMoxie

    Andy, I check out the ‘new’ Personalization on the Windows Store. It is far to little to use, in all honesty. I am hoping that MS will simply update what they already had on the Personalization website for Windows 7, 8, 8.1. There is an excellent selection available. I am still using the older themes and they work on my Windows 10 Pro – 64Bit. I am surprised that they still do work, but happy that they do. :O)

    I have a question – Are there elements of your PC or Laptop previous version when we upgraded, not a clean install but a Windows 10 upgrade version? I still feel to some extent that I am still working with Windows 7 Pro. Of course, many of my older causal games do not work and I expected that, some of my games are from the Win98 versions and that is normal when the main OS is upgraded far away from an older version.

  2. I suppose, over time, Microsoft will move all the themes to the Windows Store.

    When you upgrade, there may be some old files which get left behind but generally speaking the Windows 10 experience should be the same whether you clean-installed or upgraded.

    Thank you for the kind words. 🙂

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