As with the case of Windows 7 and Windows 8, the recently released Windows 8.1 also ships with a couple of good theme packs. If you have upgraded from Windows 7/8 to Windows 8.1 you would know that a theme pack comprises of desktop backgrounds, window borders colour, and might also contain desktop icons, screen saver, and sound schemes.
Ever since the release of Windows 7 OS back in 2009, thousands of theme packs have been released and all of them are compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 versions as well.
While it’s pretty easy to come across a good third-party theme pack and it’s also possible to create a theme pack by including your favourite wallpapers, icons and sound schemes, the official Windows personalization gallery is the best place to browse and download hundreds of cool theme packs for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Microsoft often updates the gallery with new themes. This time, soon after the release of Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft has released a bunch of cool theme packs and are available to download from Windows personalization gallery page.
If you have previously downloaded themes from Microsoft, you would know that one can quickly open the official theme packs page right from Personalization window that appears when you right-click on desktop and click Personalize option. Clicking “Get more themes online” option will take you to the official Windows theme pack’s gallery.
Installing a downloaded theme pack is extremely simple. Just perform a double-click on the downloaded theme pack file to install and apply the same. The installed theme will then appear in Personalization window, and can be removed by right-clicking on it and then clicking Delete option.
Those of you interested in creating a theme pack on yourself can follow our how to create a custom theme pack in Windows 8/8.1 guide for detailed instructions.
As of writing this article, there are well over 300 themes available to download from Windows personalization gallery.
NOTE: Some theme packs available at the official themes personalization gallery have been designed to work on Windows 8/8.1 and might not work in Windows 7. However, you can follow our how to install Windows 8/8.1 theme packs in Windows 7 guide to successfully install theme packs designed for Windows 8/8.1 in Windows 7.