It's been a long time since we last saw new Windows themes on Winaero. Let's fix that today with a set of beautiful winter themes for this holiday season.
Every year Microsoft releases a set of new wallpapers and themes to decorate your Windows desktop with fancy wallpapers. This year's holidays are no exception. The Microsoft Store now has a set of new themes for you to download and apply.
If you are not familiar with the procedure, check out this post before proceeding.
The following winter themes are available for download.
Winter Holiday Glow
For some of us, the holidays are all about the details. Tiny ornaments, cookie closeups, and the warmth of decorative lights will fill you with holiday cheer in this free, 9-image theme for Windows 10.
Fireworks on New Year's
Celebrate the New Year with spectacular fireworks displays in some of the most beautiful cities around the world. This free 16-image set of Windows themes travels from Singapore to Montreal, Berlin to Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam.
Download the Fireworks on New Year's theme here.
Warm Winter Nights
Cozy cabins illuminate the snowy night in this 18-image set, free for Windows 10 Themes.
Download the theme here.
From adorable snow people families, to majestic castles and intricate trains, marvel at the glittering creations in this 14-image set, free for Windows 10 Themes.
Download the Snow Sculptures theme.
Dogs in Winter
The grass and foliage may have faded, but not the playful spirits of the frosty doggies in this free, 15-set theme for Windows.
Download the theme here.
A Moment of Hygge PREMIUM
Cozy, comfy, and communal - this is the essence of "hygge". Put yourself in a warm mood with these 16 premium 4k images, free for Windows 10 Themes.
Download the A Moment of Hygge PREMIUM theme here.
Whether it's the Bunny Slope or Double Diamond, imagine the thrill of these snowy courses in this 16-image set, free for Windows 10 Themes.
Download the Ski Paradise theme.
Ice Crystals PREMIUM
Etch your desktop with frosty swirls and elaborate patterns in these 15 premium 4k images, free for Windows 10 Themes.
Download the Ice Crystals PREMIUM theme.
Don't forget to check out the following 4K themepacks collected from Microsoft Store. They are really great:
If you have plenty of themes installed, and no longer need them, you can delete custom themes installed manually or from the Store, all at once. Check out Remove All Installed Themes At Once in Windows 10.
The *.deskthemepack file format
Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft invented a new theme format - themepack. It was created so all the theme resources would be packed inside a single file and sharing of such themes would be easy. In Windows 8, the file format was revised to deskthemepack, and supported specifying if the window color would be automatically set based on the dominant color of the desktop background. Windows 10 supports both themepack and deskthemepack formats. Technically, themepack and deskthemepack are usually ZIP or CAB archives that contain images, and the corresponding *.theme text file with image names packed into a long text block.
Interested users can directly extract images from such files. This can be useful for Windows 7 users, since the OS doesn't support *.deskthemepack files. The alternative solution for Windows 7 is Deskthemepack Installer, the app that allows to install Windows 10 and Windows 8 themes in Windows 7 with one click.