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Themes and icons to customize the appearance of Windows 10

23 mayo, 2021

We recently brought you a complete guide to customize the appearance of Windows 10, there we explain how to change from the theme to the icons and also add the occasional extra touch so that our desktop looks as unique as possible.

Now to complement since we know how to change each thing, it is time to recommend some themes and icons truly beautiful and different from what Windows is used to. There are many options for all tastes, but the important thing is that giving it some personality and changing the decoration of what we see on the screen every day, can do you quite well, to motivate you and increase your productivity.

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Most of the themes that we are going to recommend are hosted on DeviantArt. To download any file from this site you should look for the button to the right of the image. They are usually packed in a ZIP. When they contain executables (.exe files) the authors usually change the name of the extension, so you will have to rename them in order to install.

If you are concerned that some may contain malware, you can always scan it with your antivirus, but in the 10 years that I have been using this website, I have never had a bad experience.

Classic X

Classic X By Neiio Dae2gem

A definite theme for hipsters lovers of retro and classic windows style. If something took Windows 10, it was the possibility of reapplying this theme that still appears on many Windows XP machines and reminds of previous versions that almost no one under 30 years old remembers.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511)

Travelogue X

Travelogue X Windows 10 Edition By Neiio D9e7sfr

A theme simple and minimalist for those who prefer a single button on their windows. It is recommended that you use a tool called OldNewExplorer to change the appearance of Windows Explorer so that it looks as simple as in the capture, without the menu ribbon and other details. Read the instructions for the theme if you want your icons to be transparent.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511)

Work X

Work X By Neiio Da9w7fh

This is one of my all-time favorites, if you search on DeviantArt you can get versions for Windows 7 and 8.1 also. Use light and dark brown tones and create a pretty unique look. Using OldNewExplorer with this theme is also recommended. We recommend the icons shown in the screenshot below in this article.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

arc-neutral

Arc Neutral By Neiio Da8xtmq

This theme has two versions, one with rounded window edges and the other rectangular. Both are minimalist and in light tones. There is an icon pack of the same name created by the same author and shown in the preview, we recommend it below as well.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

Windows 10 – Dark Edition

Windows 10 Dark Edition By Neiio D9ewn1c

This theme is for lovers of black, only those who have no problem dealing with a completely dark desktop will be brave enough to install them. It is recommended that you also apply the dark theme of the same Windows 10 so that the setup menus and the home menu appear the same color.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

area X

Area X By Neiio D9haa45

Another one of my favorites, I have a soft spot for vintage tones. This theme is so old that the first version was created for Windows XP, it has a very interesting and abstract icon pack. Although the combination looks great, personally I don’t usually use these icons because they are so different that you have to guess their meaning and that slows down the workflow, if you don’t mind, at least they look great.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

Paper

Paper By Neiio Dafipm5

This is a bluish-gray theme that has two versions (one light and one dark) and eight different sub-styles. It is one of the few third-party themes for Windows 10 with 4K support for larger screens. It also has a special icon theme to combine.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

Fetch

Fetch

A theme of dark colors mixed with pastel colors. Not a style for everyone, but certainly quite different from the usual. It needs a couple of tweaks in the explorer to make it look just as minimalist as the screenshots, for this it uses OldNewExplorer. You can also use the tool Blank it to make the browser even more minimalist. It also has an icon pack to go with it.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

LYRA

Lyra By Neiio Daas2ov

Another theme with two versions: light and dark, in addition to several sub-styles. This is extremely minimalist and elegant. It works best if you use the taskbar with small icons and without pinning icons to the superbar. Try to use the option to never combine buttons on the taskbar to make it look like the picture, Windows XP style.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

Dash for Windows 10

Dash For Windows 10 By Neiio D9j6rl0

This is the cover image theme, it’s a nice combination of dark menus but it also uses white and tends to be more easy on the eyes in better light situations.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

Meter X

Metro X Windows 10 Edition By Neiio D9dh3b2

This will undoubtedly be the favorite of those who don’t want to change too much nor are they looking for extravagance, it changes little but gives a new touch to the Windows environment. You can choose your color on the edges or let Windows do it according to the wallpaper. The window borders have various styles that are barely noticeable but refresh the screen.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

The GOAT Project

The GOAT Project By Neiio Dahsbkq

At the other end of the spectrum is this theme, a total and utter change from your desktop with extravagant and bright colors. He describes himself as a retro Furutista theme. The download file contains everything: icons, wallpapers, cursors and various styles of the same topic.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

Space blueberries

Space Blueberries By Neiio Dah05az

Another simple theme with several styles that vary a bit from each other depending on your preferences regarding the browser and some buttons. Recommended to use OldNewExplorer and some minimalist icon pack in shades of gray to go along with it.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

UNITY 2016

Unity 2016 Windows 10 Vs By Neiio D9n5wbg

This visual style is part of a complete resource project for customizing Windows. This is the official theme for Windows 10 and it has different quite interesting variations. It is not a subject for the little daring, because it makes a lot of changes.

Works with Windows 10 Anniversay Update (version 1607) and with the November Update (version 1511).

Icons

These icon packs were created with iPack Builder, all sets created with that software are executables that apply changes to your system automatically. The file contains the different styles and instructions on how to make them functional.

Usually you will have to rename the extension from “.ee” to “.exe” so that you can install them in Windows. Always make a restore point before installing an icon pack. Running the file again allows you to uninstall it.

Fetch

Fetch Ipack By Neiio Dainqyy

Ideal to combine with the theme of the same name or with the Paper theme. It not only changes the icons of the folders and the explorer, but several of the system and desktop. For the icons of third-party applications, you must change them manually for those of your preference.

arc-neutral

Arc Neutral Ipacks By Neiio Da8te7e

It includes two icon packs exactly the same except for the color of the folders. Ideal to match the theme of the same name or any that looks quite minimalist and matches those colors. Just change the browser icons and folders.

Arc-icons

Arc Icons By Neiio Da82wh9

An older and more complete version of the arc-neutral but that contains more icons and in this case the folders are blue. Works with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. Includes live folders.

LYRA

Lyra Ipack By Neiio Daas24q

Ideal to use with the theme of the same name, it is a highly abstract icon pack that you will find little meaning. However, there is no denying that they look extremely cool, especially on dark subjects. It does not change too many system icons, only the basic ones of the explorer. It also includes PNGs and ICOs, meaning that you can manually change the desktop and taskbar icons with them.

area X

Area X Ipack By Neiio Dad27l4

Another highly extravagant icon pack and similar in some respects to the previous one. This is the one that accompanies the area X theme and has a slightly more vintage and retro style. It looks great with light brown tones in the background. Includes iPack, Windows icons and PNGs.

Paper Icons

Paper Icons By Neiio Dafippw

The icon pack designed to go hand in hand with the theme of the same name. It contains the executable iPack that changes the icons of the explorer, and almost all those of the system, and also includes icons in ICO format for Windows that you can use for the desktop or the superbar.