Windows 8 Metro IM Theme: Complete Metro UI Makeover for Windows 7
There are many Windows 8 Themes and Themepacks circulating over web out of which mostly consist of just some wallpapers. Here, I am sharing Windows Metro IM Theme for Windows 7 which will try to imitate Windows 8 User Interface as shown officially.
Download Windows 8 Metro IM Theme
Windows 8 has Tile interface and developer jaycee13 has tries to offer similar visual style in this theme. It supports Windows 7 x86 (32 Bit only) at the moment and you can download it from windows_metro_im_by_jaycee13-d3id3o5.rar
Patch Windows 7 System Files
RAR package has UxTheme Patch. In case, your system isn’t patched, follow the steps here to patch system files to allow 3rd party theme installation.
Go to C:\Windows\System32\ and take ownership of shell32.dll. Backup the original shell32.dll and Replace it with the oneprovided with this theme – Windows Metro IM\Packages\System Files\Shell32 (for x86 SP1 and Pre SP2)
How to Install Windows 8 Theme
Theme comes with Windows Theme installer from where you have browse Theme file “Windows Metro.theme”, ExplorerFrame.dll and Shell32.dll from the folder \Packages\System Files
That’s all, Click on Install theme to activate. Now, you will start seeing Windows 8 like Start Menu.
Change Windows 8 Start Orb
Change the Start Orb using Start Orb Changer provided in “Packages” folder. Run the Windows 7 Start Button Changer v 2.6 (for SP1 and old W7 version without update).exe as Administrator and browse the BMP provided with the theme.
Install additional Fonts
There are several fonts namely segoeuisl.ttf, ZegoeCapsBold_0.ttf, ZegoeLight-U_0.ttf, ZegoeUISemiBold-U_0.ttf, ZegoeUI-U_0.ttf and ZegoeUI-UBold_0.ttf. To install the fonts, right click and Install.