Top 10 Windows 10 Themes

Design, Windows
February 16, 2016

One of the most exciting features of Windows 10 is the many new themes from which you can choose. Themes allow you to personalize your computer, and you can download them for free. Windows already had hundreds of great themes but with the new operating system they also released many new themes.

So which ones are the best? We’ve narrowed it down to the top ten, but of course the final call is yours. Take a look at our top picks and then do some exploring to find your favorite.

Theme Categories

In case you don’t already know, a theme is a collection of wallpapers with colors and sounds that you apply to your computer. A theme usually contains between five and twenty-five wallpapers. Some themes are designated “Community Showcase” or “From the Community” because the community contributed the background images.

You can browse themes by category. The categories included are these:

  • Animals

  • Art (illustrative and photographic)

  • Cars

  • Games

  • Holidays and Seasons

  • Movies

  • Natural wonders

  • Places and Landscapes

  • Plants and Flowers

  • With custom sounds

  • Branded Themes

  • From the Community

  • Panoramic (for two monitors)

  • Compatible with Windows 7*

  • Compatible with the new Windows*

To browse all the theme categories, go to Microsoft’s Windows Theme page. There you can find and download hundreds of themes for free.

*You do not have to have Windows 10 to use themes. You can use themes with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows 10. If you do not have one of these operating systems, you can upgrade to one of the, or you can choose a desktop background.

Best Themes

With so many categories and themes to choose from, you might be feeling overwhelmed, so we’ve picked out some of the best themes. Click on the title of each theme to see more or to download.

1. Beach SunsetsBeach Sunset Theme

Most of us don’t get to see a beach sunset every day, but with this as your desktop you can marvel at the sunset multiple times a day. This theme features photography by Josh Sommers. Each background in the theme uses a multi-exposure photo technique to bring out the rich colors of the sunset over iconic beaches such as Maui and Dillon Beach.

2. Natural LandscapesNatural Landscape windows 10 theme

Majestic mountains take center stage in this theme. Marvel at the beauty of nature, from mountainside lakes to snowy slopes illustrated on your desktop. Pictures in this theme are contributed by the community.

3. Animal AffectionAnimal Affection Theme

Our hearts beat for love, and the animal kingdom knows this. Penguins, horses, dogs, goldfish, and other animals show their affection for each other in unique and endearing ways. Choose your favorite animal pictured, or rotate between the images available in the theme.

4. GT Graphics ThemeGTGraphics windows 10 theme

Out of this world” should be the description of this theme. The pictures look real, but don’t be fooled. They are images from the artists’ minds that nonetheless inspire awe at our galaxy and futuristic technology. This theme is perfect for scientists and dreamers alike.

5. Cityscapes Panoramic ThemeCityscapes panoramic windows 10 theme

For a more down-to-earth view—literally—take a look at the Cityscapes Panoramic theme. But realistic doesn’t mean boring in this case! Iconic cityscapes light up two monitors. Cities featured in this theme include London, Hong King, Kuala Lumpur, and Vancouver. Whether you have seen these cities in person or only from pictures, this theme will connect you to places outside the walls of your home or office. (Note: this is a theme for two monitors.)

6. Changing Seasons ThemeChanging seasons theme

Who says that technology disconnects us from nature? For a theme that follows the rhythms of nature, we recommend the Changing Seasons theme. Backgrounds in this theme feature close-up photos of plants (and fungi) in the changing seasons. With seventeen backgrounds that cover the color spectrum, you can ensure that your desktop reflects the world outside.

7. Captain America ThemeCaptain america windows 10

We all need a hero, as the movie Captain America reminded us, and we can do great things. This theme brings to life the world of Captain America and his team. Be inspired to do heroic acts every day as you use this theme. Other movie themes, such as Harry Potter, Kung Fu Panda, Mission: Impossible, and Transformers, are also available from Windows.

8. Classic Sports CarsClassic sports car windows 10 theme

For those who love classic sports cars, Windows has created a special theme. Maybe you own two or three sports cars. Maybe you are about to purchase your first. Maybe you dream of driving one someday. Entertain your love for sports cars with these timeless classics. Even if these favorites could get old, the nineteen images here are sure to last so that you won’t tire of them.

9. Diffusion ThemeDiffusion windows 10 theme

Mix it up with some abstract art. These thirteen images of diffusion show the beauty of science in a mysterious way. Many of the pictures are in serene blue and purple colors, but the theme also includes some pink, a few black and white images, and one psychedelic-colored picture. The graceful flow of these pictures is soothing and inspiring.

10. Create Your Own Theme

If you know exactly what you want, or you couldn’t find quite what you wanted from Windows’ pre-set themes, you can make your own. LaptopMag has a guide for creating your own Windows 10 theme. Choose a desktop background from your own photo collection. Allow Windows to choose accent colors, or set them yourself. Save your theme with a unique name so that you can switch between it and other themes. If you get tired of a theme, you can easily delete it.

Microsoft also allows you to share your themes with friends and family. To learn more about sharing the themes you create, read the directions or watch the video provided by Microsoft.

There’s no need to limit yourself to one theme. You can save more than one theme and change them as often as you like. Visit Windows to see all the themes and choose your favorites.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Jack June 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    A lot more reliable Windows 10 themes on these sites too.

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