As most of you should know, Windows 7 was brilliant when it came to personalization and tuning it’s appearance. The selection of Windows 7 Themes that we have on offer here at TechNorms is a perfect example of the variety that users have when it comes to personalizing their desktop.
Now that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been released, it’s good to see that it’s no different. In fact Microsoft have worked hard to improve on these personalization features and added several new ones.
What’s New In Windows 8 Themes
Well first off, you’ll be glad to know that all our Windows 7 Themes are perfectly compatible with Windows 8. However themes designed specifically for Windows 8 will not work on Windows 7. Why you ask? Well in Windows 8 the themes contain some new features that are not supported in Windows 7 and they are also stored in a different format. Microsoft have worked on new features such as Auto Colour settings, Panoramic Theme support as well as improved support for Dual Monitor set ups in general.
Auto Colour Settings
The first new feature that I am going to talk about is auto colour. Traditionally with Windows 7 themes, you choose an aero colour for your desktop and that was it. In Windows 8, this new feature known as auto colour will smoothly and automatically change the desktops and taskbar aero colours to match the dominant colour in the background that’s currently being displayed on the desktop.
It’s great because it means that you will no longer have to go searching for an aero colour that matches all of your wallpapers, Windows 8 will do it automatically for you. This is an optional feature though, so if you don’t like it you can simply turn it off.
Panoramic Theme Support
The second new feature in Windows 8 themes is Panoramic Theme Support. Windows 8 will now have themes that will have the ability to extend a single background image across two monitors. In the past it was very tricky to get a Panoramic Theme for Windows 7, in general you just ended up with the same background being tiled on both of the monitors. This new feature in Windows 8 however will mean that you’ll be able to get gorgeous panoramic themes with stunning backgrounds for your dual monitor set up.
Also, fear not those of you who only have one monitor and wish to use a panoramic theme. Windows 8 will recognise that you only have one monitor and automatically crop the image and centre it on your monitor for you.
Dual Monitor Support
Apart from just adding panoramic theme support in Windows 8, Microsoft have also changed how dual monitor wallpapers will work. In the past you’re wallpaper was simply tiled onto both screens. However in Windows 8 you will be able to have two completely different wallpapers on each monitor. The wallpapers will be pulled from the collection within the theme.
Thankfully Microsoft have continued to improve on the personalization options that were first introduced in Windows 7. They’ve also allowed our vast collection of Windows 7 Themes to be used on Windows 8, however it’s important to remember that you will not be able to use Windows 8 themes on Windows 7. You should also take into account that these themes do not affect the Metro UI’s appearance which is handled separately.