Make Microsoft® Windows 7 look like Windows 8 with Zetro UI
Getting a little bored with your default Windows 7 user interface? When Windows 7 was first released, almost everyone was unanimously awestruck with the way it looked. The ability to see small previews of open applications by hovering the mouse over the taskbar, the translucence of the Aero theme, the multi-functional gadgets in the right sidebar, improved folder organization structure in the Explorer — what was not to like? But user interfaces share the same affliction with gadgets, which is that their novelty wears off shockingly fast and something sleeker and better looking is always just around the corner.
Microsoft’s new user interface, which has been christened ‘Metro UI’ is going to be sported by Windows 8, Office 15 and Windows Phone. It’s an exceedingly sleek interface with a focus on minimalism, clean design and functionality. You need to have one look at the leaked pictures to realize that it’s a phenomenal improvement over the previous version. But what if you don’t like the idea of waiting for it? What if I told you that there is a way using which you can actually make your copy of Windows 7 look like the upcoming Windows 8? Sounds implausible? Well, it’s easier than you think, let’s see how.
You need to download a theme called the Zetro UI, which is available at Deviant Art. You do need to make a couple of manual tweaks to install it, but nothing too difficult, these instructions are included in the read me file that comes with Zetro. We’ll just tell you what they are:
- Extract the zip file > open the ‘Extras’ folder > run the ‘Theme Patcher’ > click on all three “Patch” buttons
- Open the ‘Theme’ folder > Copy both files inside the folder and paste them to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
Once you’re done with these two steps, you can head to the ‘Control Panel’ and select the Zetro theme from the ‘Appearance and Personalization’ tool. That’s it, now wasn’t that easy? We hope you enjoy simplicity and new look of this wonderful theme.