50 Best Windows 8.1 Themes

Be it an application or an entire operating system, the ability to apply themes to it makes using it a much more personalized experience. Like any major operating system, Windows has had theming support available since its early days, and it has been constantly improved over time. Last year, we brought you a list of 25 of our favorite themes and visual styles for Windows 8, and now, it’s time to look at what has since become available for the latest version of Microsoft’s OS i.e. Windows 8.1. So, let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful themes for Windows 8.1 by both Microsoft and third-parties.

Third-Party Themes

Before you can apply third-party themes, you must first patch the UxTheme.dll file on your computer. Fortunately, the process has been made super-easy, thanks to the UXTheme Multi-Patcher tool. Here’s how it works:

Download the latest version of UxTheme Multi-Patcher and extract the contents of the downloaded zip file. Next, launch the tool, make sure the ‘Set Windows X’s Live as default home page’ option is unchecked (unless you do want your browser’s home page to be changed), and click the ‘Patch’ button.

UxTheme Multi-Patcher 9.0

You will then need to restart your computer once, and after that, you’ll be able to apply any third-party themes to Windows.

Now let’s take a look at some of the best third-party themes available for Windows 8.1.

1. 8 Plus (by ~froggz19)

8 Plus Windows 8.1 Theme

2. Abisso 2014 (by ~ezio)

Abisso 2014 Theme for Windows 8.1

3. Adobe CS6 (by ~xXiNightXx)

Adobe CS6 Windows 8.1 Theme

4. Aero Glow 8.1 (by ~MrGriM01)

Aero Glow Windows 8.1 Theme

5. Aero7 (by ~DaMonkeyOnCrack)

aero7 Theme for Windows 8.1

6. AeroByDesign (by ~LiveOrDieTM)

AeroByDesign Windows 8.1 Theme

7. Bel Minimal (by ~cu88)

Bel Minimal Theme for Windows 8.1

8. Blaze (by ~sagorpirbd)

Blaze Theme for Windows 8.1

9. CamVs (by ~HungHello)

CamVs Windows 8.1 Theme

10. Claro (by ~2befree)

Claro Theme for Windows 8.1

11. Dark Aero (by ~Nighthawk-F22)

Dark Aero Windows 8.1 Theme

12. Elegant (by ~swapnil36fg)

Elegant Theme for Windows 8.1

13. Gray8.1 (by ~gsw953onDA)

Gray8.1 Windows 8.1 Theme

14. Gray8.1 Glass (by ~gsw953onDA)

Gray8.1 Glass Windows 8.1 Theme

15. Mimi (by ~cu88)

Mimi Windows 8.1 Theme

16. Naumn (by ~cu88)

Naumn Windows 8.1 Theme

17. Soft Glass 8 (by ~sagorpirbd)

Soft Glass 8 Theme for Windows 8.1

18. Tequila port (by ~rian76)

Tequila Windows 8.1 Theme

19. TwentyThirteen (by ~Sand-And-Mercury)

TwentyThirteen Theme for Windows 8.1

20. Vanilla (by ~link6155)

Vanilla Windows 8.1 Theme

21. Vlinder (by ~cu88)

Vlinder Theme for Windows 8.1

22. White Window Borders (by ~gersma)

White Window Borders Windows 8.1 Theme

23. Xgreen (by ~TermitBOSS)

Xgreen Windows 8.1 Theme

24. Xsun (by ~TermitBOSS)

Xsun Windows 8.1 Theme[3]

25. xZmN (by ~cu88)

xZmN Theme for Windows 8.1

Official Themes by Microsoft

Microsoft has officially made available a big repository of beautiful themes for Windows, and here’s our pick of the most beautiful ones released last year.

26. Animal Affection

Animal Affection Theme for Windows 8.1

27. Autumn Bounty

Autumn Bounty Theme for Windows 8.1

28. Colors of Nature

Colors of Nature Theme for Windows 8.1

29. Delectable Designs

Delectable Designs Theme for Windows 8.1

30. Diffusion

Diffusion Theme for Windows 8.1

31. Fun Fruit

Fun Fruit Theme for Windows 8.1

32. Grow

Grow Theme for Windows 8.1

33. Harvest Time

Harvest Time Theme for Windows 8.1

34. Hopes and Dreams

Hopes and Dreams Theme for Windows 8.1

35. Impressions from Schleswig-Holstein

Impressions from Schleswig-Holstein Theme for Windows 8.1

36. Kinect Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure

Kinect Rush A Disney Pixar Adventure Theme for Windows 8.1

37. Lugares Coloridos

Lugares Coloridos Theme for Windows 8.1

38. Masquerade

Masquerade Theme for Windows 8.1

39. NASA Hidden Universe

NASA Hidden Universe Theme for Windows 8.1

40. Nature Macros

Nature Macros Theme for Windows 8.1

41. Painted Skies

Painted Skies Theme for Windows 8.1

42. Rainbow of Birds

Rainbow of Birds Theme for Windows 8.1

43. Rango

Rango Theme for Windows 8.1

44. Salt Lakes and Dead Sea

Salt Lakes and Dead Sea Theme for Windows 8.1

45. Small World

Small World Theme for Windows 8.1

46. Thailand

Thailand Theme for Windows 8.1

47. Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Theme for Windows 8.1

48. Waterfalls

Waterfalls Theme for Windows 8.1

49. Winter Garden

Winter Garden Theme for Windows 8.1

50. Zune Elements

Zune Elements Theme for Windows 8.1

Got your own favorite Windows 8.1 theme that you want to share with us and our users? Don’t forget to let us know about it in the comments section below.

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