40 Best Windows 8 Themes To Transform Your Desktop

When it comes to customizing Windows, the choice is quite abundant. You can change icons, add widgets and gadgets, apply cool wallpapers and so on. But the customization also has to be functional. For this reason, third-party themes commonly found on sites like DeviantART are usually the best way to change aesthetics without compromising on functionality. They work as a central force that pulls everything together and brings an effective improvement to the stock Windows feel. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of 40 Best Windows 8 Themes that are created by various DeviantART users.

Best Windows 8 Themes

How To Apply Third-Party Windows 8 Themes

Before we go further, let me first explain how to apply these themes. Windows 8, just like Windows 7 and its predecessors, doesn’t allow users to install unsigned third-party themes. One needs to modify three system files first – namely themeui.dll, Uxlnit.dll, and uxtheme.dll – before installing any theme file. Luckily, there are a few Windows applications available on the internet that let you easily patch these files.

UltraUXThemePatcher is the best one from the lot. All you have to do is install it on your system and it will automatically modify the required items. Once you’ve installed the app, you can download any of the themes from our Windows 8 themes list below and copy the .theme file to:

C:\ Windows\ Resources\ Themes

UltraUX Theme Patcher

Best Windows 8 Themes

Now that you’ve learned how to install third-party themes, it’s time to check our compilation itself.

1. Gray8 new red (by ~gsw953onDA)

Gray8 new red theme

 

2. Win 8 – Thrives (Closed)

Win 8 – Thrives

 

3. SG Flat (by ~s4r1n994n)

SG Flat

 

4. White Update (by ~s4r1n994n)

White Update Theme

 

5. Gnomnit Dark for Windows 8 (Closed)

Gnomnit Dark for Windows

 

6. Gnomnit VS for Windows 8  (Closed)

Gnomnit VS for Windows

 

7. Win Blue n Red (by ~s4r1n994n)

Win Blue n Red theme

 

8. Different Touch 8 (by *sagorpirbd)

Different Touch 8

 

9. Windows Classic Vs (Closed)

Windows Classic Vs

 

10. Mild 8 (by ~dIzzEE94)

Mild 8

 

11. Elune for Windows 8 (Closed)

Elune for Windows 8

 

12. Metro+ Luna (by ~Giro54)

Metro+ Luna

 

13. Simple Getuk (by ~s4r1n994n)

Simple Getuk

 

14. Nimbus for Win 8 (Closed)

Nimbus for Win 8

 

15. Snow Leopard Beta for Win 8 (by *sagorpirbd)

Snow Leopard Beta

 

16. Alduin W8 Port. (by ~charleston2378)

Alduin W8 Port

 

17. Clarity Test Visual Style Win8 (by *bhast2)

Clarity Test Visual Style Windows

 

18. areao4.8 (Closed)

areao4.8

 

19. Vista 8 Modern Mix (by ~MrGRiM01)

Vista 8 Modern Mix

 

20. FOURFX 13 for Windows 8 beta (Closed)

FOURFX 13 for Windows 8 beta

 

21. Base for Windows 8 (Closed)

Base for Windows 8

 

22. 8Look v3.1 VS for Windows 8 (by ~Carborunda)

8Look v3.1 VS for Windows 8 

 

23. Aero 8 (Closed)

Aero 8 

 

24. Work for Windows 8 (Closed)

Work for Windows 8

 

25. Tampoyak (by ~s4r1n994n)

Tampoyak theme.

 

26. Snowy v3.0 for Windows 8 (by ~Carborunda)

Snowy v3.0 for Windows.

 

27. Glow (by =Seahorsepip)

Glow theme.

 

28. areao4.8 (Closed)

areao4.8

 

29. Windows Vista VS (Closed)

Windows Vista VS 

 

30. TwentyThirteen for Windows 8 (Closed)

TwentyThirteen for Windows.

 

31. uniq8 vs beta1 for windows 8 (by ~Gr8StyleX)

uniq8 vs beta1

 

32. Apodio (by ~s4r1n994n)

Apodio theme.

 

33. dUMBaSS v8 (Closed)

dUMBaSS v8 

 

34. WhiteDior Visual Style for Windows 8 (by ~RidKurn)

WhiteDior Visual Style

 

35. Chameleon for 8-v1 (by ~gsw953onDA)

Chameleon for 8-v1 

 

36. Gray8-the light series (by ~gsw953onDA)

Gray8-the light series

 

37. Platinum Theme for Windows 8 rtm (by ~ZEUSosX)

Platinum Theme

 

38. Ourea (Closed)

Ourea theme.

 

39. Simplex RC for Windows 8 (Closed)

Simplex RC Windows

 

40. Abisso (dark Visual Style Windows 8) (by ~ezio)

Abisso (dark Visual Style) theme.

 

So there you have it – 40 best Windows 8 themes to transform your desktop. Just don’t forget to comment on the ones you liked or if you want to share more awesome themes that you think we’ve missed.

Updated: 10/11/2018: This article is updated. A few themes have been officially closed by their respected owners. For you ease I removed the download links pointed to them.

 

Block Spotify Ads With Single Mouse Click Using EZBlocker

Are you irritated by Spotify ads? Don’t worry. You are at right place.

Block spotify ads on windows

Spotify is the video and music streaming service. It’s a kind of a cross between Pandora, Last.fm and iTunes. But one minor nuisance with Spotify’s free account is that you may have to listen to small music ads which streaming music or video on your Spotify application. Although we don’t mind advertisement – that’s how music streaming companies afford their expenses and would pay for their bills – it can be very annoying when you are listening to music or watching video on your app and this simply disrupt you. So you might be searching that how you can block Spotify ads.

EZBlocker is an excellent application that lets you block your Spotify ads with just one single mouse click. Yes, single click.

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Block Spotify Ads

EZBlocker lets you block ads in a fairly simple manner. Whenever Spotify plays an ad, the application displays a notification balloon near system tray area, and you can click this notification to mute the audio. Having done that, the ads keep running in the background with no sound at all and the audio automatically comes back to normal when the ad has ended and your next song begins to play. It’s worth mentioning here that other system sounds from your computer remain intact when muting the ad with EZBlocker

The application itself is open source, having its source code available at GitHub. There isn’t much to talk about EZBlocker’s interface, apart from that it comprises of a miniature window which carries three buttons labeled Add Current Song to Blocklist, Open BlackList, and Mute/Unmute Spotify.

Ezblocker website

 

How to Use It On Your Computer

If you don’t simply know how to use it on your computer then you can simply follow these steps:

Step 1:

Getting started with EZBlocker is fairly easy. You simply need to download it from below link no installation required.

Download

Step 2:

Run the EZBlocker.exe application with the right mouse click and then selecting “Run as Administrator”.

Step 3:

Now you will see a small dialogue box appeared on your screen.

Select the first two options:

1- Mute only Spotify.

2- Disable all ads ( Experimental).

Now it starts running automatically in the background and will be surely blocking all your Spotify ads without any hassle.

NOTE: Running EZBlocker on your computer may require NET Framework 4.5 or above. If needed you can download from below download link. After download install it properly and repeat from step 2.

Download

Other Options:

You can also control EZBlocker via the aforementioned buttons on its interface to block add, mute or unmute Spotify and open blacklist (more on that latter). Minimizing this window sends it to system tray.

Ezblocker on taskbar

As demonstrated in the screenshot above, EZBlocker displays a notification whenever an ad or next song is played, which consists of the title of the song or advertisement. All you require to do is click this notification and EZBlocker will do the rest. The notification bubble changes into another messaging stating the ad is playing in the background.

Ezblocker icon

The application also keeps a log of all the blocked ads in Blocklist TXT file so any blocked is automatically muted in future. The log file itself comes with some popular ads predefined out of the box, which means you won’t get bothered of those Nike or Carbonite advertisements even if you haven’t manually clicked them yet. You can open the blocklist file via clicking Open Blacklist button the EZBlocker’s application window.

Ezblocker blocklist

Conclusion

Although EZBlocker is great free application. Its only shortcoming is that it always displays a notification regardless of ads or a song. Which means users cloud end up accidentally muting a song. Other than that it’s simple and pretty handy for what it does. It works on all versions of Windows operating system, including Windows XP, Vista, 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

The suggested method to mute these ads is to opt for Spotify’s Pro subscription. However, if you are a windows user and have Spotify installed on your windows and don’t have a Pro account, follow guide.

Follow this video guide if you are having any issues.

FAQ’s

1-How do I install EZBlocker?

No installation required to run EZBlocker. Just download it from the above download link and place it in any folder. To run the EZBlocker just double click and launch EZBlocker.exe file. Now it starts working in the background and will block Spotify ads automatically.

2-What If Spotify is Permanently muted?

There may be many issue EZBlocker facing while muting Spotify ads on your computer. In this case, you can simply uncheck the “Mute Only Spotify” option on EZBlocker.

3-Where can I find the source code for EZBlocker?

Source code & a technical description is available on Github.