With the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10, the company is offering the new way to download and install Windows 10 themes right from the Windows Store. Here in this tutorial, you will find out how it can be done.
The company first shared about this ability to install themes from Windows store in the Microsoft event held in October 2016. With the help of this ability, the company has plans to sell paid and free themes using the Store.
The first batch of Windows 10 themes become available in the Store featuring seven new themes. All of them are free and users can download, install and set these themes right from the Windows Store.
Windows 10 users will be able to enjoy this functionality after installing the Windows 10 Creators update. In case, you’ve installed 15014 of Windows 10 or above, then you can enjoy this ability right now.
How To Install Windows 10 Themes From Store
In case, you want to give a try this new ability to install themes from Store in Windows 10? Here is what you need to do:
1. Launch the Settings App. For that, Press WIN + I hotkeys.
2. Click on the Personalization -> Themes.
3. On the right pane, click on the link which reads “Get more themes online”
4. It will take you to Theme section in Windows Store app. Here you will find out the list of Windows 10 themes. Click on any theme which you want to set.
5. On the theme page, Click on the Get button. It will download that theme.
6. Once the theme is downloaded, click on the Launch button and it will take you back to the theme settings.
7. Under Apply a theme you will find out a list of installed Windows 10 theme, click on the one which you have installed recently and in no second it will apply the theme to Windows 10 ecosystem.
In case, you have installed Windows 10 build 15041, but using the build 14951 or later, then you will not able to access this theme section in Windows store. So here is what you need to do to download and install Windows 10 themes
1. Launch the Windows Store app. The application icon is already pinned to Windows 10 taskbar by default.
2. Once the application is launched confirm if you’re logged into the Store app. To confirm this thing, click on the profile icon and under it if you find your email id, then you’re ready to go.
3. Click on the App tab appears in the top row. After that following screen will appear:
4. Scroll down until you find Categories section. Under it, you will see different categories, click on the Personalization.
5. In the Personalization page, you will find out different themes. There is no separate section for themes as of now so you have to find out themes yourself. As of writing this tutorial following themes are available:
- Australian Shores by Aston Gorlin
- Community Showcase Aqua 2
- Beauty of Britain 2 by Sean Byrne
- Bees by Mayur Kotlikar
- Beauty of Honshu by Wilson Au
- Dogs in Winter
- Cats Anytime
- German Landscapes by Mathius Rehberg
- Alaskan Landscapes by Kyle Waters
- Australian Landscapes by Ian Johnson
- Surreal Territory by Chuck Anderson
- Auckland’s One Tree Hills by Ian Rushton
- Austin Botanical Garden by Amy Alderman
- Dark Skies by Tracy Hymas
- FischlanDaZingst by Markus Janse
- Beautiful Blossoms by Elena Yansupova
- Ghost Town by Tracy Hymas
- Liquid Jewels by Shilpa S Rao
- Large and Small by Ondrej Vlcek
- Futuristic Fractals by Duncan Lawler
- Beautiful Queensland by Tracie Louise
- Light and Dark 2 by Nick Boyer
- Dogs in Summer
- Illusion by Josh Sommers
- Garden Marcus by Duncan Lawler
- Community Showcase Insects 2
- Hong Kong Parks by Chris Chung
- Community Showcase Flora 2
- Garden Glimpse 2 by Rangan Das
6. From the list of the themes, click on the theme which you install from the Store. Click on the Get” button to download the theme.
7. Once the theme is downloaded. Click on the Launch button and in no second your favorite theme will be applied.
Note: This method is not working on the latest Windows 10 Insider build 14986. At the time of writing this post, this build does not apply the downloaded theme itself. It just downloads the whole themepack folder to C:\Program Files\WindowsApps and does nothing. You need to install the theme yourself.
Here is what you need to do:
How to Install Windows 10 Themes from Windows Store Manually
1. Launch the File Explore. For that, press WIN + E hotkeys.
2. In the File Explorer address bar paste the following text and hit Enter
When a small window with the message “You don’t currently have permission to access this folder” appear and ask you to Click on the Continue button or you see any other related message. You might be seeing this message because you need to take ownership of the WindowsApps folder.
Check out this post on how to take full ownership of files and folder in Windows 10
3. Under WindowsApps folder you will find out the list of different app packages. Here look for the folder of the theme which you have downloaded from the Store. In my case, it is Dark Skies by Tracy Hymas and its folder name is Microsoft.DarkSkiesbyTracyHymas_184.108.40.206_neutral__8wekyb3d8bbwe
For more details how the folder looks like, check the following screenshot:
4. Under Theme folder, you will find out *.themepack file for your theme
5. Double-click on this DarkSkiesTracyHymas file and in no second the theme will be applied to the system.
You have successfully completed the theme installation. The process to install themes from Windows Store will become easier once the polished build of Windows 10 Creators update is available for the users.
Till then, why don’t you give a try to this new ability to set Windows 10 themes from Windows Store and share your experience in the comments?