No one likes staring at the same desktop background picture all the time. To help users better personalize their desktop, Microsoft introduced desktop themes (themepacks) with slideshow feature for the first time in its Windows 7, and the feature is present in the latest Windows 8.1 release as well.
Installing a new themepack is probably the easiest way out there to customize the look of your Windows desktop, as a theme not only changes the desktop background but also changes window border color, taskbar color, sound scheme, and screen saver.
Just like Windows 7, it’s successors Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 also fully support themepacks. Unlike visual styles, installing a theme or themepack is a cake walk: download and double-click on the theme to install and apply it.
Computer users who have used Windows 7 or Windows 8 or both versions for some time before upgrading to Windows 8.1 will know that there are thousands of themes out there and most of them include high-resolution wallpapers.
Since not all users like to download themes from lesser-known websites and not all themes out there come with high-resolution backgrounds, it’s always a good idea to download themes from official Windows personalization gallery.
As of now, Windows personalization gallery has over 250 themes for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 operating systems. The other cool thing is that all themes are compatible with Windows RT and Windows 8.1 RT as well.
Themes have been arranged into various categories, including animals, art, automotive, brands, plants and flowers, natural wonders, movies, and games. You will even find RSS dynamic themes and themes with custom sounds (these themes change default sound scheme). There are special Panoramic themes for users who have dual monitor setup.
The only thing you need to know is that themes specially designed for Windows 8 and Windows RT don’t support Windows 7 by default. You need to follow our how to install Windows 8 themes in Windows 7 guide to install themes available under Compatible with Windows 8 and Windows RT category.
And if you don’t want to browse all categories one-by-one, click the Most popular category to view 15 most downloaded themes. Open Community themes category to view themes made out of pictures submitted by end users.
The other cool thing is that you don’t need to download and install a theme to view wallpapers packed in. Simply click Details and then click on a picture to view it right on the webpage. Visit the following link to browse and download official themes.