Windows 10 is a free upgrade to existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who upgrade in the first year of Windows 10’s release. In addition to that, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users can upgrade their existing installations to Windows 10 Preview builds and then upgrade to the RTM when the RTM build is released.
Because of this easy upgrade option, many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are not interested in making their Windows 7 and Windows 8 look like Windows 10 with the help of transformation packs and icon packs. Most users are eagerly waiting for the final release of Windows 10.
Windows 10 includes plenty of new icons. There are new icons for the desktop, system tray, folders, Windows Explorer, and other areas of the operating system. While a lot of users feel that most of these new icons look half-baked, an equal amount of users love these icons.
If you’re running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, and love these icons, you can get these Windows 10 icons in Windows 7/8.1 with ease.
Method 1 of 3
Get Windows 10 icons in Windows 7/8.1
Those of you who would like to manually download and install these icons can download the Windows 10 icon pack by visiting this page. Hamedsp, a DeviantArt user, has extracted all new icons from Windows 10 and packed them into a zip file. The icons in the zip file are in .ico format, the format supported by Windows and other third-party utilities.
Method 2 of 3
Install Windows 10 icons in Windows 7/8.1
Manually changing all system icons is a difficult task as Windows doesn’t let you change default icons except folder and program icons. To address this issue, Hamedsp at DeviantArt has created an installer to automatically install all new icons with a few mouse clicks.
The Windows 10 Icon Pack Installer automatically replaces original Windows 7/8.1 icons with the available Windows 10 icons.
Method 3 of 3
Replace icons in Windows 7/8.1 with Windows 10
If you don’t want to use the above mentioned Icon Pack Installer for some reason, you could download the icon pack from the link mentioned in Method 1 and then use CustomizerGod software. As you likely know, CustomizerGod enables you replace various original Windows icons with custom ones. The utility is extremely easy-to-use and is compatible with both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 7/8.1.