When it comes to their operating system, users do not only refer to the practical part. They also like to have an attractive screen and some good looking features. Windows 8 comes with (disputed by many) graphical improvements, but the versatility of the existing themes it is not how we all expected. But luckily for us, there are others who are willing to put their effort into creating attractive themes for this operating system. All you need to do is to install them on your computer and enjoy. Here are the steps you need to do, if you want to change the theme of your computer with some third party ones.
Doing this is not that simple, as Microsoft installed some protection systems on the operating system. So, you will need some tools to make the change happen. Download and install programs like UxStyle or Ultra UX Theme Patcher. Without them you won’t be able to install your custom themes. Don’t worry, because these programs will not harm the way your system works. You will still receive updates every time Microsoft sends them out.
Afterward, you need to find the spot on the computer to place the new themes. Even if you make them on your own or download them from the Internet, you cannot just put them anywhere. The system will not recognize them, and you won’t be able to proceed with installation. It is important to note that Windows 8 has a special place where it puts themes. Follow this path C:\windows\resources\themes, and there add all the new themes you want to use. Make sure you place here the file of the theme and the folder with its content as well.
If you decide to search for ideas on well-known search engines like Google or Bing, you should know that you can find themes for Windows 8 that do not require additional tools in order to install them. They will be recognized and installing them won’t be a problem. But if you want something special either you check out the themes created by the designers on Deviant Art or you just start a theme hunt all over the Internet until you find something that suits your tastes. The number of available themes is not endless, but there are still plenty to choose from. Once you have found the theme or themes you like, and added them to the previously mentioned folder, using them is rather straightforward. The theme just needs a simple execution, like double clicking on it or selecting it and pressing Enter, to apply it to your system.
So, as you finally notice, changing your Windows 8 theme with a custom one is not that hard after all. You just need to remember that if you can’t install an item, it is because of three files in your system: hemeui.dll, UXInit.dll, and uxtheme.dll. All these files are being patched by the tools mentioned previously, so your path towards new themes will be open. Enjoy a new look of your Windows User Interface.