Unlock the hidden Aero Lite theme in Windows 8.1


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Windows 8.1 comes with a secret hidden visual style called Aero Lite which is the default theme in Windows Server 2012. You cannot apply it easily on Windows 8 since Microsoft does not ship a corresponding *.theme file with Windows 8.1 or Windows 8. Here we will show you an easy way to unlock this hidden Aero Lite theme.

Follow these steps:
  1. Download this file
  2. Extract the aerolite.theme file from file you have just downloaded
  3. Right click on the aerolite.theme file, select Properties from the context menu. In the file properties, click the Unblock button.
  4. Copy the aerolite.theme file to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder.
  5. Right click the Desktop and choose the Personalization item from its context menu.
  6. Click the Windows Aero Lite theme from the "Installed themes" section

Here is how Windows Aero Lite theme looks on Windows 8: