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Classic Theme on Windows 8

  1. #21


    Posts : 1
    Windows 7/Windows 8.1


    Hello, this is my first post. That's what I was tring to do: Firstable I've put to Windows 8 files a themeui.dll from 7, but it doesn't working, you can try by yourself (or maybe it was a fall of two diffrent langueges, in Windows7 in English, and in Windows 8.1 - by suprise - in Polish, both of systems was in this second language). It was hard - a lot of work with a safety settings. Then i found this super mode for Windows 7: Windows 98 Plus For Windows 7 by AnsonSterling on deviantART - it's working on 8.1, but not perfectly at Windows 8 theme elements. But i runned a Max Payne, and there was a grey theme. Metro Start working naturally. Mozilla Firefox have nice grey theme at upside. We need only run a THEMES.EXE application an choose "Others...", then click from a list of UNPACKED themes a last one: "Windows Default". Here's a screen shot:
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    I know it isn't clearly Windows 9x theme, but more we can't probably want from Windows 8.
    PS: Sorry for little mistakes in words. Still learning a language.
    PS2: I have Windows 8 x64, and because of that MPC x86 have on buttons another bright of grey, and MPC x64 normal bright of grey of WIN9x.
    PS3: If you still want experiments on Windows files, you can try with explorer.exe too. But also you can try only modificate this files (themeui.dll and explorer.exe) by special programs.
    Last edited by PharellMan; 11 Feb 2014 at 17:51.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 62
    Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, Windows XP Professional


    I actually have an idea for getting the real classic theme in Windows 8 (and not just an Aero Lite/High Contrast recolor), but I can't test it quite yet. It's kind of complicated, so I'm not going to post it here until I have tested it. I should be able to try it soon though.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 62
    Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, Windows XP Professional


    Well I do know about that. But the real Windows Classic theme is still in Windows 8, it's just being covered up by Aero/Aero Lite.

    Here's proof of this:


    The solution in this video is obviously just temporary, as keeping winlogon.exe suspended for too long can cause problems. But I have an idea that might work for using the Classic theme full time. But like I said, I can't really test it yet.

    Edit:
    I've been doing some research, and I found this:
    https://www.facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1300248

    The people in this thread seem to have some ideas, if anyone wants to try them out.
    Last edited by Butters; 29 Mar 2014 at 18:03.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Surprised nobody's mentioned Windows Classic by xXiNightXx:

    Windows Classic (Windows 8) by xXiNightXx on deviantART
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  5. #25


    Posts : 97
    Windows


    I tried to post the link several times, but my posts were not approved.
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  7. #27


    Posts : 97
    Windows
    Last edited by Anixx; 10 May 2014 at 12:19.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Does anybody know why Microsoft had to remove the classic theme in the first place? It reminds me of good typography where one is supposed to NOT notice the page design so one can go about actually reading the content. The classic theme is just so stripped away of all nonsense that I can actually focus on my work so I can get somewhere in life.........
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  9. #29


    Posts : 97
    Windows


    The new theming engine (the Aero) is very restrictive in that you cannot do whatever you want with it. It was designed specifically for exactly one theme (unlike the Win XP theming engine which allowed different themes). In W8 they decided to change the theme but their W8 theme is the best what they could do given the restrictions. I think the simplicized and flat design of W8 is just because they could not do anything with it.

    And it is the only engine which supports compositing. So do not expect new themes in Windows until they create a more flexible theme engine.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for your insight Anixx, and for the links in your previous posts.

    I didn't know one could disable DWM like that. Is that what you're doing? If so how's that going?
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