Microsoft releases new Windows 8 themes

We all love to personalise our PCs, from simple wallpaper changes to the most extreme of case mods. To give Windows 8 users a little bit more choice when personalising the OS, Microsoft is releasing new themes and wallpapers for you to download through the Windows Store.


The Halo 4 theme

In a cross promotional move with the Xbox 360, Microsoft has created a Halo 4 theme, bringing the “Halo 4 heroes to your Windows desktop.” And it doesn’t stop there, with the popular GTGraphics theme getting a sequel in the form of GTGraphics2.

But for the more chilled, relaxed and altogether outdoorsy person, the Garden Life 2, African Wildlife, Ancient Egypt and Thailand themes should satisfy your tastes for all things beautiful, natural and manmade, in the world.


The Garden Life 2 theme


The Ancient Egypt theme

Microsoft has not forgot about the users who haven’t yet moved to Windows 8, or who simply prefer to tweak their desktops from time to time, providing new wallpapers to hopefully satisfy their personalization needs.


Just one example of the new wallpapers that Microsoft are offering

Microsoft continually updates the personalization offerings for its Windows users, so if there isn’t anything to your taste here, check back regularly and we’re sure that something - from a full desktop theme to a single wallpaper - will catch your attention and earn a download.

Source: Windows Blog | Images via Microsoft

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Do these themes update the background, lock screen and the metro start screen background? I highly doubt it, and really think MS is missing a trick here - the easiest way to make a technically disjointed system feel like one is the creative theme running through it.

foaf said,
Do these themes update the background, lock screen and the metro start screen background? I highly doubt it, and really think MS is missing a trick here - the easiest way to make a technically disjointed system feel like one is the creative theme running through it.

I think more start screen/metro customization options are coming with Windows Blue, other wise we'll have to wait for Windows 9 but I doubt MS will wait that long.

I agree with you though, if the start screen could share the same background as the desktop it would be less of a change when you flip between them. I think the reason they haven't let you set your own background image on the start screen is that because the tiles don't have any real depth and border around them that depending on the image a user sets the tiles could get lost in the background.

100% agree, this should be an option. Most people would expect a theme pack to include lock screen, desktop background, and start screen.

Microsoft continually updates the personalization offerings for its Windows users, so if there isn't anything to your taste here, check back regularly

Rather odd definition of 'regularly'. Usually that means something other than 'every few years, maybe'.

Has anyone noticed that themepacks (save a theme for sharing) seems to be a bit broken? You can save a theme for sharing, delete the theme loaded, then go to load it back and it refuses to load

I assume these are just as low resolution as the wallpapers included with Windows 8? It's unacceptable for a modern operating system to only include wallpapers up to 1920x1200, especially when they're so heavily compressed.

Ideas Man said,
How much bigger do you want the images? 1920x1200 would be plenty for most PC users who often max out at 1920x1080.

At least 2560x1600, with minimal compression. And considering that high-DPI displays are already on the market - and Microsoft factored them into the Windows 8 design process - I'd have liked to have seen much higher resolutions. There's simply no excuse for such heavily compressed, low resolution images.

Midnight Mick said,
Halo comes to the PC, nearly....

I don't think that will ever happen! At the moment the Halo franchise is basically another reason to buy an Xbox.