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Classic Theme on Windows 8

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    Classic Theme on Windows 8


    Is there a way to get the Classic Theme on Windows 8? I have 7 right now, and I'm considering upgrading for the desktop enhancements.

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    classic shell

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    Windows 7


    Classic Shell will replace the start menu. It doesn't have anything to do with Windows themes as far as I know. I rechecked their website after you posted that link to confirm.
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    So far there is not a classic theme, as you know it from earlier OSs. The only ones available are high contrast themes, without the usual graphic options for format borders. etc. But Deviant art have come up with a partial solution, which might interest you enough?

    Windows classic theme for Windows 8 RTM by ~kizo2703 on deviantART
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    Windows 7


    That's what I found when I Googled the issue. All it is is a current theme turned gray. The thing I like about the Classic Theme is that it's very 3D, using light and dark lines to achieve this. Does anyone know how there might be a registry hack or something to change back?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Kelderic View Post
    That's what I found when I Googled the issue. All it is is a current theme turned gray. The thing I like about the Classic Theme is that it's very 3D, using light and dark lines to achieve this. Does anyone know how there might be a registry hack or something to change back?
    As far as anyone knows, this isn't possible. The Windows Classic theme got cut out as literally no one other than a very few were actually using that.

    Seems interesting though, I've never heard of anyone saying that the Classic theme looks better than newer ones...
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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Seems interesting though, I've never heard of anyone saying that the Classic theme looks better than newer ones...
    Rare I realize. I like realism though. Neither the Vista/7 glassy gradient-heavy themes, nor the flat 8 themes are as realistic looking as Classic. On the other hand, there's no real necessity to upgrading, 7 is as good as 8 in most ways.
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    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    The Vista/7/8CP Aero Glass theme with the blur and transparency was the best looking of all the OSes.

    MANY of us, especially those with very powerful machines, want it back.

    When I come back here after using my Win 7 machine, I feel like crying....it's just SO BLAND.

    Wenda.
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    USA, Idaho
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Boys and Girls, Ladies and Gentlemen, Google is your friend. . .Just Google/Bing Windows 8 Themes or Skins, and you will be awarded a great many GUI changes. The Skinning community is starting to go strong with all new GUI themes. Stardock is going to be coming out with a new version of WindowBlinds sometime in the near future, thus another way to change the GUI.

    Mr. Robot, there are skins and themes out there that will allow you to change win 8 into Win 7, Vista, XP, or any or flavor you may be looking for.

    Always remember if you wait, someone will come out with something you may want to improve your Windows 8 experience. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    The Vista/7/8CP Aero Glass theme with the blur and transparency was the best looking of all the OSes.

    MANY of us, especially those with very powerful machines, want it back.

    When I come back here after using my Win 7 machine, I feel like crying....it's just SO BLAND.

    Wenda.
    That's why i dual-booted windows 8 with windows 7 at some times.
    The UI of windows 8 is just too darn flat, missed the RP version of Transparency.
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