Get Windows 7 theme for Windows 10

With Windows 7, Microsoft introduced a really unique and beautiful appearance for the operating system. Windows Vista already had some features like transparent window frames with glass (blur effect) but Windows 7 introduced a glass taskbar and a glass Start Menu which follows the Aero color. They were very well received by most users. With Windows 8, Microsoft removed the glass effect from window frames and the blur effect from the taskbar. In Windows 10, the appearance has become even less 3D, minimalistic and uses completely flat colors without any gradients. Many users are missing the good old look of Windows 7. Let's see how to get the Windows 7 theme in Windows 10.


There is an option to get an almost authentic Windows 7 look in Windows 10. It is possible with a third party theme. It brings the appearance of Windows 7 back to Windows 10.

First, you need to unlock third party themes support in Windows 10 because Microsoft has locked it down so only digitally signed themes can be used. Read the following article carefully: How to install and apply third party themes in Windows 10. It involves installing UxStyle so you can use unsigned, third party themes.

After you have done that, follow these steps:

  1. Download the following archive: Windows 7 theme for Windows 10.
  2. Unpack the archive. It includes the following resources:
    - Visual Styles (Themes).
    - Windows 7 Start Orb Image.
    - Genuine Windows 7 Wallpapers.
    - Genuine Windows 7 Sounds.
    - A ReadMe file.
  3. Unzip and copy the "Aero 7" folder and "Aero 7.theme" and "Basic 7.theme" files to the following location:

    Confirm the UAC prompt.Windows 10 install Windows 7 theme

  4. Open "Personalization" from the Desktop context menu or use Winaero's Personalization Panel for Windows 10 app to apply the "Aero 7" or "Basic 7" theme and you are done.

Here are a few screenshots.
Windows 10 with Aero 7 theme:

Windows 7 theme aero

Windows 10 with Basic 7 theme:

Windows 7 theme basicNote that this skin is not perfect. The Taskbar is not skinned to become glassy like Windows 7 because Microsoft disabled that ability in the RTM build of Windows 10.

The author of this theme recommends using the AeroGlass mod for Windows 10 to have a more genuine look. To get transparency and rounded borders, you will have to follow this guide. After that, you can get something like this:

Windows 7 theme aero glassThe theme is claimed to be compatible with Windows 10 x86 and Windows 10 x64 however with Windows 10 following the new continuous updating model, this theme can break on future Windows 10 builds. If you plan to upgrade Windows 10 RTM build to later Insider builds, it is better don't use any  third-party theme. At the moment of this writing, it works as expected under Windows 10 build 10240.

All credits go to WIN7TBAR, who is the author of this theme. Check out his DeviantArt profile and gallery to get more nice themes and stuff for Windows 10.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

43 thoughts on “Get Windows 7 theme for Windows 10”

  1. i use this theme with its .msstyles name changed to aero.msstyles to fix titlebars – i’m not nostalgic about skeuomorphism and that custom theme has basically removed all the skeuomorphic design left in default Windows 10 theme

  2. Little Tip: StartIsBack ++ can now decorate the taskbar just like Windows could before 10 (meaning the gradient look of Windows 7 for instance)…

  3. I have installed this, but I don’t think I done everything correctly as it hasn’t appeared in the theme section

  4. The theme is AWESOME!!!
    You should also write download Ux Style theme Patcher from to make the theme work.
    I got the theme. I have found and made features from Windows 7 for Windows 10. Check it out

  5. I have made a better Windows 7 Theme for Windows 10. (
    The old link has been deleted as it was too out of date.
    My one has more themes from Windows 7 ported to Windows 10.
    The caption buttons are better.
    I have included, the sound schemes, cursors, drive icons, icons and all the wallpapers, as well as a StartIsBack Visual Style.
    This theme is better, because of the more features that is included. So why don’t you put mine on this page, as well as Sagor’s one. Mine also has a guide to get Windows 7 features for Windows 10, lots like Windows 7 Games from you. Mine is compatible with Windows 10.15063 (Creators Update)
    I hope you feature my theme. I also have many more themes just like this ( Maybe you can feature them as well. The scrollbar is correct on mine, Sagor’s has a circle not 3 lines like Windows 7.

    Many Thanks! :)

  6. Hello, my win 10 build (“version” in french) is 1803. OS version 17134.48

    Have you got time to make winaero compatible with it,
    or do you know how to get something most similar already existing ?
    Thank you for your reply

      1. Hello Serguey,
        I have just followed the steps you give once again, and I didn’t realize that I had to run UxStyle_0242_x86_x64_preview.exe before. But then after I have downloaded it and I want to run it, and Windows tells me “the apps x64 cannot autorun on your pc. You’d rather find a x86 or ARM64 version of this app” Nevertheless my pc is 32 bit and has a x64 processor. So I do not understand.
        Is it because my Windows 10 is not a Windows 10 Technical Preview ?

        Thank you for your reply

          1. I cancelled and downloaded UxStyle several times, once with vpn located in U.S. : does not work, once allowing UxStyle to run in Windows Firewall : does not work. I always have the Windows message : “the apps x64 cannot autorun on your pc. You’d rather find a x86 or ARM64 version of this app”
            has UxStyle to be updated?
            Any idea of what I must do ?

            thank you for your reply

  7. Requires WindowBlinds program but very nice. Breaks computers sometimes, but it takes windows 7 themes to the next level.

  8. Since this theme does not work with later versions of Windows 10 or Windows 11, the alternative at least for the TASKBAR is to get StartIsBack++. It can style the Taskbar to 7 style.

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