12 New Official Windows Themes for both Windows 7 & 8 from Microsoft

We haven’t covered these official Windows themes from Microsoft’s Personalization Gallery for a while but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any new themes there from Microsoft. In fact, there are quite a few new themes that would give your Windows desktop for a new face-lift.

Here are 12 of them that are very new and fresh. All themes work on both Windows 7 and 8 computers, except the very last one which only works on Windows 8 and RT. Scroll down to the bottom of this post if you are looking for one for your dual monitor desktop.

Alaskan Landscape Theme

alaskan landscapes theme

15 images featuring landscapes of Alaska by photographer Kyle Waters. This theme works on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers including Windows RT.

Download Alaskan Landscapes theme here

New Zealand Landscapes themes

There are 3 separate themes in this series that show off 3 parts of this beautiful country. If you are from or have been New Zealand, you may find some of these images familiar. All images are taken by photographer Ian Rushton.

One Tree Hill theme – 19 images included showing off the lush beauty of Auckland’s parks.

New Zealand Landscapes: One Tree Hill theme

Queenstown theme – 17 images included in this theme capturing the magnificent city of Queenstown and its surrounding areas.

New Zealand Landscapes: Queenstown theme

West Coast theme – 17 images included in this theme displaying New Zealand’s west coast beaches from photographer’s vision.

New Zealand Landscapes: West Coast theme

Swedish Spring Theme

Swedish Spring theme

12 images included in this theme featuring the far northern wilderness of Sweden. This theme works on both Windows 7 and 8 computers.

Download Swedish Spring theme here

Sardinian Shores Theme

Sardinian Shores theme

13 images included in this theme captures the stark yet lush beauty of Sardinia and its surrounding islands, by photographer Giovanni Cultrera.

Download Sardinian Shores theme here

London Architecture Theme

London Architecture theme

17 images by photographer Imran Mirza display the historic beauty and contemporary sophistication of one of the world’s most celebrated cities.

Download London Architecture theme here

Coastal Germany theme

coastal germany theme

This free theme brings Prerow Lake, Warnow River, the Baltic Sea, and other treasures of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, to your desktop with 8 images from photographer Frank Hojenski.

Download Coastal Germany theme here

Delectable Designs Theme

Delectable designs theme

13 images of Yum!, by illustrator Karyn Servin.

This theme works on both Windows 7 and 8 computers, download from here.

The Beauty of Books theme

the beauty of books theme

Who doesn’t love books? Even though most of us may only read the e-version of them, we can still cherish books through this collection of 13 images of illustrious libraries from around the world.

Download the Beauty of Books theme here

Butterflies of Nagpur theme

Butterflies of Nagpur theme

15 images included in this theme features the butterflies of Nagpur, India, beautifully framed by the flowers they’re drawn to.

Download the Butterflies of Nagpur theme here

Deserts Panoramic theme

Deserts panoramic theme

The only Windows 8 theme among the themes we introduced in this post. There are 13 images included in the theme highlighting the timeless, desolate beauty of deserts from around the world.

This panoramic theme for Windows 8 and RT is designed to extend across dual monitors.

If you are looking for theme designed specifically for dual monitors, this panoramic page has a lot of them that only work on Windows 8 and RT.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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