As you know, Microsoft Windows official website provides you amazing and beautiful themes compatible with all type of Windows machine including Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP etc. However some of the theme like these dual–screen panoramic images are strictly and especially designed to run on Windows 8 machines only.

Forests Panoramic Theme but for Windows 8 Only

Forests Panoramic Theme but for Windows 8 Only

With the launch of Windows 8 Microsoft has offered a Windows 8 upgrade to its Windows users using older versions and also there is a major loophole reported by which anyone can upgrade there previous versions of Windows to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. But by any reason, if you don’t want to upgrade your PC to Windows 8 and at the same time you are planning to enjoy Windows 8’s beautiful and attractive themes in your PC then here is a right way to do this.

Generally the Windows theme files have a .themepack extension but the Windows 8 specific themes are distributed as .deskthemepack files. Internally, this is just another archive format that you can easily open using the free 7-zip utility.

Now let’s get started with the tutorial.

  1. First of all install the downloaded 7-zip utility in you PC and then download any of the .deskthemepack files from the Windows Themes gallery.
  2. Press rename the theme file and change its extension to .7z (you can just append .7z to the file name).
  3. Now right-click on this file and extract the included wallpapers to your desktop.

Now you can either use these background individually or put them in one folder and then open Desktop Background under the Control Panel. Browse for the folder containing these pictures and select the ones that you would like to use on your desktop.