As you know Microsoft released Consumer Preview for Windows 8 last week, Microsoft also released their first theme for Windows 8 CP users, you should know that this theme can’t be installed on Windows 7, however all Windows 7 themes will work in Windows 8 DP or CP.

Windows 8 Themes can’t be installed on Windows 7 PCs

If you’re interested to know the reason behind this, here is what Microsoft had to say : “all of our Windows 7 themes also work in Windows 8. But the reverse is not true. Themes created in the Windows 8 format will not work in Windows 7, because Windows 8 introduces a few new desktop personalization features that aren’t supported in Windows 7, and the file format is different.”

Windows 8 theme

If we set aside new desktop personalization features in Windows 8, we learned that Windows 7 themepack file is of type “themepack” where Windows 8’s is of “desktopthemepack”. I’ve tried to change Windows 8 theme extension from “desktopthemepack” to “themepack” but didn’t succeeded in installing it.

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