Windows 10 has many new features in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. More importantly, Windows 10 has the new and improved Start Menu, Cortana, Action Center, better notifications management, etc. As good as it is, some users may not want to shift to Windows 10 just yet due to any number of reasons like lack of better control over updates, etc. However, you can still make your Windows 7 look and feel like Windows 10 with just a few clicks.
Note: before doing anything, it is really important that you have a good and complete backup of your system. This helps you to revert back if anything bad happens.
Things You Need
To transform your Windows 7 system to look like Window 10, you need to download some software and also be ready to restart your system multiple times. Below is the software you need to follow through.
- Universal Theme Patcher
- Theme Resource Changer
- Windows 7 Aero Blur Tweaker
- Taskbar Transizer
- Windows 10 theme for Windows 7 (actual theme files)
Additionally, install 7-Zip so that you can easily extract the theme files onto your desktop.
Transform Windows 7 into Windows 10
Once you have all the required software, we can proceed to install the Windows 10 theme in Windows 7. To start, open the downloaded Universal Theme Patcher zip file and execute the application depending on your system architecture.
Once the application has been opened, it will tell you that you need to patch some files. Click on the “Yes” button to continue.
The above action will take you to the patch screen. Just click on the “Patch” button next to all the files.
This is how it looks like once patched. The good thing is, you can always restore the original file by clicking on the “Restore” button. After patching the files, restart your system.
Now, open the Theme Resource Changer zip file and depending on your system architecture, execute the application in it.
Once opened, install it like any other software.
After installing the theme resource changer, restart your system to make the changes take effect.
Now, we can proceed to install the Windows 10 theme for Windows 7. To do that, extract the downloaded Windows 10 theme for Windows 7 zip file onto your desktop. After extracting, open the folder and execute the “RunMeFirst.cmd” File.
As soon as you execute the command file, it will rename the theme files in the folder to have proper extensions. Open the file “Windows_10_Themes.7z” with 7-Zip and navigate to the “Default Taskbar” folder.
Select all the files and folders in the Default Taskbar folder, and drag and drop them into the below location.
You may be prompted for admin rights. Simply click on the “Continue” button to continue.
Once you are done copying the files, you can apply the Windows 10 theme. To do that, right-click on your desktop and select the option “Personalize.”
The above action will open the Windows 7 personalization options. Here, select the Windows 10 theme. As you can see there are multiple Windows 10 themes. Just select the one you like, and the theme will be automatically applied.
Even though the windows and taskbar look more like Windows 10, there is still the blur effect around the windows. To remove it, open the downloaded Windows 7 Aero Blur Tweaker file, and execute the application in it.
Once the Windows 7 Aero Blur Tweaker has been opened, click on the option “Hide Blur.”
If you want the start menu and taskbar transparency, then install the downloaded Taskbar Transizer.
You’ve successfully installed the Windows 10 theme. Of course, this doesn’t look exactly like Windows 10, and it is pretty basic.
If you want to further customize it, just open the file “Windows_10_Extras.7z” folder from the downloaded Windows 10 theme.
This file contains all the other additional software and settings that can be used to customize the Boot Screen, Fonts, Logon Screen, etc. The good thing is each folder has detailed instructions on how to install all the software and DLL files in those folders. Just follow the instructions.
However, do remember that the more you customize your Windows 7 system, the harder it will be to revert back.
Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences using the above method to add the Windows 10 theme to Windows 7.