Along with the Aero glass theme, Microsoft has also removed the Windows Classic theme from the latest iteration of Windows. Computer users who have been using Windows 8 for a while must be knowing about the missing Aero and Windows Classic themes.
While majority of Windows users don’t like the Classic theme and prefer to the use the default theme, a small percentage of Windows users prefer to use the Windows Classic theme regardless of system hardware configuration.
As some of you know, using the Classic theme boosts system performance, especially on low end machines. By switching from the default theme to the Classic, you can give your Windows old look and feel. Another advantage of using Classic theme is boost in battery life.
Windows 8 users who are missing the Windows Classic theme will be glad to know about the availability of the Windows Classic theme. A deviantart user has created the Classic theme for Windows 8. The best thing is that you don’t need to edit or replace original system files to install this Classic theme. Simply follow the given below instructions to install and apply Windows classic theme in Windows 8.
NOTE: You can use this theme file on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8. Applying the Classic theme will change the Start screen background and tile color to classic view as well.
Step 1: Visit this page and download the zip file.
Step 2: Extract the zip file onto the desktop or any other location to get Classic.theme file.
Step 3: Now move the Classic.theme file to C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes folder (here, “C” is your Windows 8 installation drive ).
Step 4: Perform a right-click on desktop, click Personalization to open Personalization window.
Step 5: Here, under High Contrast Themes, you will see the Classic theme along with other high contrast themes. Click on Classic theme to apply it.
To switch back to the default one, simply open Personalization window and click on the default theme. You might also like to know how to customize the Start screen and lock screen in Windows 8.