I am new here but I am looking for a program that I can use to fool my friends into thinking I am using Windows 8 or at least I hope so.

Ideally I want a program that is.....

  • Free (I am not looking to spend anything, not even a few dollars. xD)
  • Easy to install/configure.
  • Not hard to use.
  • Can definitely make Windows 7 look exactly like Windows 8
  • Only runs on one account (Don't want it running on the whole computer, just my own user account).
  • At the most, probably one that doesn't need administrative permissions, but of course most utilities these days need administrative permissions to run, but it would be nice if you could find one. :)

Any suggestions? I would also like one that almost simulates the new start menu in Windows 8. Got any good suggestions?

Note: Just to clarify, I am not looking to install Windows 8, but to just make my Windows 7 Laptop appear to look like it's running Windows 8.

Is there a program that can help me achieve this?

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    dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-7-like-8.html has a sequence of steps to make Windows 7 look more like Windows 8, although not the simple install you are looking for.
    – mc110
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 8:26
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    thememypc.com/windows-8-transformation-pack-8-1 Something like this? Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 11:10
  • @mc110- Didn't quite work out for me. Especially the Rainmeter method. I got stuck somewhere along the way. Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 15:06
  • @Shub- Didn't work. Everytime I clicked instal it said it could find something. Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 15:07
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    I would thoroughly recommend skinpacks: skinpacks.com/download/windows-7/win8-1-skinpack. The instructions are easy enough to follow. I'm not posting this as an answer though because it applies to the whole computer (AFAIK) and doesn't have the bootskin like you can opt for in the transformation pack. I prefer this to transformation packs because they're much easier to remove fully. If you like this though just let me know and I'll post it as a full answer with more details ;) Commented Jul 25, 2014 at 3:34

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Using Rainmeter

Download Rainmeter 4.0 (r2746) here. Go ahead and install it (It will require administrative rights to install, a UAC prompt will appear). Side note: if the user account is not an administrator, use the run-as command to execute.

Install the Theme

Find the theme you want (For help, here are the search results that yield 'Windows 8')


Grab UXThemePatcher, run the following theme - Windows X SkinPack (For free) and reboot the device.

Alternate skin (For $9.99) is SkinPack Collection for Win10/8.1/7

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