Some of you may love the new Metro UI for Windows 8, others may hate it, but either way I bet you all want to try it out at some stage. Of course the only way to experience it properly is to grab yourself a copy of the Windows 8 Developer Preview and then install it. I’ve put together a nice little guide to install Windows 8 in a virtual box on your existing Windows 7 machine which you can find here. However the issue with installing Windows 8 in a virtual machine is that unless you’ve got a fairly high spec system, it’s not going to perform very well.
So for those of you who want to try out the new Windows 8 UI, but don’t fancy installing the developer preview, here is another option for you. This free Windows 8 UX Pack will bring the Windows 8 UI experience to your desktop without any modifications to your registry or system files.
It’s quite simple to use. All you have to do is download the UX pack from the link at the end of this post. Then you extract the folder.
Next you want to run the executable file that’s contained in the extracted folder. You will then be presented with various different options which allow you to select what theme it is you want to use. You’ve a choice between Windows 8 Aero, Aero Lite or the full blown Metro UI theme.
There’s also a couple of other options like selecting the wallpaper and log on screen as well as changing the start menu ‘s icon.
It’s all quite self-explanatory and to undo any changes you simply just run the .exe file again and hit uninstall.
It does actually work quite well, however low powered machines will probably find things aren’t quite as fluid and smooth as they should be. But it’s definitely a good alternative to downloading the Windows 8 developer preview if you only want to get a feel for the UI