If you are wondering where to download Windows 8 themes from an official Microsoft source, then the place to go is the Microsoft Personalization Gallery (link given at the end of this post). Just like Windows 7, Microsoft has released various Windows 8 themes in the Personalization Gallery, ranging themes with panoramic images, majestic mountains, forests, animals, movies and more. The Personalization gallery not only provides Windows themes but also has a collection of Windows desktop backgrounds and language packs.
Windows Personalization Gallery
I recently tested out some themes from the Microsoft Personalization Gallery, some of which are shown below. If you are new to the concept of Windows themes, they are a combination of desktop background images, radiant colors and sometimes sound affects that give your operating system a distinct look. For example, if you are looking for a nice movie theme, then your desktop will be transformed (after the installation of the theme), and add colors, images and pictures from the respective movie.
Note: You can click on the “Compatible with Windows 8” option to filter out Windows 8 only themes, since this gallery also has themes suitable for Windows 7.
Bridges Panoramic Theme
The first theme I tried out from the Personalization Gallery was the Bridges Panoramic theme. Interestingly, applying the theme also brought back the Windows 8 Aero Glass look.
Spectacular skies is another spectacular theme in the Personalization gallery that I tested out. This theme has a collection of 11 wallpapers and some a nice color combination with a semi-Aero look.
Puss In Boots Theme
If you are looking for some nice movie themes, the Personalization Gallery has all kinds of themes ranging from the Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol theme to cute and cuddly themes like the Puss in Boots theme.
It is worth mentioning here that the Windows 8 themes in the Personalization Gallery do not change the look of the Metro UI. To download Windows 8 themes, head over to the Windows 8 Personalization Gallery.