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Windows 8-styled skin for Classic Shell

  1. #1


    Posts : 23
    Arch Linux/Debian 7/Windows 8.1

    Windows 8-styled skin for Classic Shell


    We have released a skin for Classic Shell.

    It looks good in Windows 8, much better than default skins. The skins shipping as part of Classic Shell do not match the look of the Windows 7 Start Menu or the style of Windows 8. Many settings also need to be heavily tweaked to get a more closer look. We tried to match the look on Windows 8 while making some changes from the Windows 7 style. For example, the skin has square corners, not rounded corners, like Windows 8 has. Also, because Windows 8 no longer has blur or glow, the glass is replaced by simple transparency, just like the Windows 8 taskbar uses. Semi-transparent Start Menu without blur makes the content behind it much harder to read, so we made the skin with very subtle transparency, that keeps the content behind it readable.

    Sample:



    Download link


    Please read provided FAQ.

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  2. #2


    Looks promising... and thanks for the information.
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  3. #3


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Trying it now.

    Wenda.
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  4. #4


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    OK, not bad, and does fit the Win 8 'look' a bit better. And it saved my customisations on install.
    Here's my old and new Start menus for comparison...

    Wenda.
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  5. #5


    Cool ! Fits much better than default skin !

    ~edit~

    ...and better than Start8 too !

    Click image for larger version

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  6. #6


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    This came with the new Skin Pack I am using at the present, albeit just really cannot get into using the program. Was the first to test this back in 09 when it was releasew over on the Seven Forums, and enjoyed playing around with it; gave it some good reviews as I would now, but again just cannot get into the menu apps that are coming out including Classic Shell though I do consider it the best replacement and add Menu App available. . .Happy you folks are enjoying this App.
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Windows 8-styled skin for Classic Shell
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