Windows Forums member, Uvais, shares a skin pack made by DeviantArt user ~hameddanger. The package is designed to work with Windows 7 SP1 (download Service Pack 1–SP1–for Windows 7) and will work with both the 32 bit and 64 bit version.

Note: Before installing this skin pack, create a system restore point.

Here’s what it looks like on my PC (click to enlarge):

Update: ~hameddanger states the following is updated or included in version 1.1:

  • New version of Aura Beta 3 included
  • New visual style
  • CustoPack version included
  • Updated windows branding in other sizes
  • Updated log on screen
  • Updated Windows button

Also the following fixes are in version 1.1:

  • Start menu fix
  • Taskbar fix
  • 64-Bit Bugs fixed
  • Black log on screen fix

To install the skin pack, download it here, extract it, and double click on 8 Skin Pack 1.1.exe.

Click through the installation process to install the theme and, when installed, reboot your PC.

To uninstall the theme, go to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program and uninstall 8 Skin Pack 1.1.

Download 8 Skin Pack 1.1 For 7

Download 8 Skin Pack 1.0 For 7

Download 8 Skin Pack 1.1 For 7

~hameddanger via Windows Forums


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4 thoughts on “[Update] Skin Windows 7 to Look Like Windows 8 (Pre-release Build) [How To]”

  1. Bigtrulz says:

    This is really Awesome… Thanks for this…


  2. Rich says:

    Are you referring to the grey line above “Control Panel Home”? I have no idea what causes that. It’s possible the theme author is aware/can find out…

  3. Thanks for sharing this wallpaper, Rich. I think DeviantArt is great. I downloaded theme from the site to give my PC the same Metro look that the Windows phone 7 has. If you’re interested in getting that interface as well, I’ve put together a quick how-to on my blog:

  4. MikeF1 says:

    thanks for the great looking theme

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