Have you ever wanted to install the classic style theme on Windows 8, and then realized that Windows 8 doesn’t offer any such theme by default. The operating system comes with some very bright looking colors, which not everyone will like. But don’t worry, there are ways to download and install classic-style themes for your Windows 8 desktop.

Note that these themes aren’t exactly those classic style themes you may be used to. They’re high contrast theme with different color schemes. Also, the classic-style theme won’t improve your desktop performance (unlike in previous versions of Windows).

Classic Theme for Windows 8

To install the Windows Classic theme for Windows 8, head over to DeviantArt. From the right side of the page, click on the “Download File” link.

Once you have downloaded the theme, extract the zip and move it to:

C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes

That’s it. Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize to view all your installed themes. Now you can select your newly installed theme and then set it as your new theme.


This theme works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8. This Classic theme will change the Start screen background and tile color to classic view as well.

Classic Color Themes

There’s yet another way to get that classic look back in Windows 8. If you prefer color themes like Bricks, Desert, Eggplant, Liac, Maple, et cetera, you can download Classic themes for Windows 8 from here.


Download the .zip file, extract it and double-click on the install.cmd file.

You will  see all the new color scheme themes under “My Themes” page from the Personalization window.

This theme comes with classic color schemes like: Bricks, Desert, Eggplant, Liac, Maple, Marine, Plum, Pumplkin, Rainyday, Red blue white, Rose, Slate, Spruce, Storm, Teal and Wheat.

So go ahead and try out these themes. They will bring that classic style to your Windows 8 based computer.