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Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)

  1. #21

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Love View Post
    your hc-midnight blue theme messed up my system.can't even select any options by dragging mouse to any corners.also all options were mixing's a buggy theme,plz delete it.see screenshot >>
    Sorry to see that.

    The theme is not buggy, tested and works on multiple machines. The one after another switch between multiple high contrast themes is buggy (not all colors in the start screen will change). First try to switch back to a normal theme (no high contrast) and then select the midnight one (see here below).

    I see your screenshot. I suggest you switch back to a normal theme (default Windows 8 or any other theme, AeroLite will do too), then try to reapply the midnight theme from the theme's list:

    Right-click on the desktop -> personalize:
    -Pick any normal/aero theme to apply it.
    -look at start screen (should be good again).
    -now, if you select hc-midnight-blue from the list of themes it should correctly apply it.

    Click image for larger version

    In case you are using third party modified themes and patched system files then I cannot help: this themes here are tested and work with original aero and aerolite themes. If you still cannot use the theme, delete it after you switch back to a normal one.

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  2. #22

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    I've tried to apply and reapply (refresh) between many themes. I also applied your color from menu.

    See my annotations in images in yellow.
    Here below it's a normal theme.
    Click image for larger version

    You can switch between the colors but it will have no importance for high contrast: if you (re)switch to high-contrast (like midnight blue), you'll see this:
    Click image for larger version

    Here it looks as it should but this is where it went wrong in your case.
    (keep in mind that if you use third party or any modified themes/msstyles, high contrast might not function properly there).

    The background should entirely change to gray (no colors because they don't apply in high contrast).

    I'm using original themes and my hc ones here but sometimes I also encounter some bad colors, that is not the theme's fault but the way it gets loaded and applied, switching to normal and back to hc mode fixes it, that's why I recommend to reapply a theme from the theme's list.

    Good luck.
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  3. #23

    Posts : 64
    Windows 8 Pro x64 With Media Center/Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x86 >>Dual Boot<< problem hopachi..never using it again.but when i applied normal windows 8 theme & moved my cursor to top corner can't even see options there.anyway no problem if u applied them on multiple machines.then problem may be in my's ok
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  4. #24

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Love View Post problem hopachi..never using it again.but when i applied normal windows 8 theme & moved my cursor to top corner can't even see options there.anyway no problem if u applied them on multiple machines.then problem may be in my's ok
    Alright then, its ok.

    If you still see some issues with other themes then the problem is somewhere else.
    Some steps to consider:
    -try changing and re-applying a theme multiple times as I've mentioned it above
    -sometimes it's the graphics drivers causing display issues: update you graphics driver.
    -go to command prompt and do a sfc/scannow to check for errors in the system files (this will restore any third party aero theme module back to the original one: do a reboot afterwards).

    If the graphic driver is working properly and you have original system aero theme, all original themes (like the ones I posted here) should display fine. High Contrast is not perfect but it should work in normal cases.

    Speaking of graphics,
    Some users experience other weird graphic glitches like the notorious blur which has nothing to do with the themes and where a fix is hard to find/nonexistent. A theme issue is luckily easier to fix.

    I'm sorry the theme didn't worked well there but I'm glad you could switch back to another theme, the most important thing is visibility on screen regardless of theme.
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  5. #25

    Posts : 60
    Windows 8 x64 Home Edition & Windows 7 x64 Professional

    Thank you so much, I love it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    To begin, here is a theme based on high contrast black but it uses gray instead. Also there's no white background(s). The theme has been tested and uses enhancements (metrics and color specs) found in XP classic themes:

    Attachment 22146

    This is good for multimedia apps where we need to concentrate on some 3D, video editing programs, see dark GIMP, Photoshop, Blender style and where white colors would get in the way.

    Browsers also look darker since the colors apply.
    Firefox and affiliates look classic but a fix has been applied to integrate the looks better (color issue: fixed thanks to XP-exported metrics).

    To use:
    Extract the zip and double-click/apply the theme file.
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  6. #26

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    You're welcome.
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  7. #27

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    3D acceleration issues when using High Contrast themes

    Themes work well but internally there are some slight differences noticed in some running programs.

    High Contrast does seem to break something regarding 3D, more specific OpenGL BUT I'm not sure it happens in all programs to be regarded as a general issue. All the native windows (metro) apps I run up to now work well in high contrast.

    On the desktop side, there are some differences in importance and demand.
    There are programs that fail to display properly under High Contrast:
    After Effects, Cinema 4D... (empty window instead of video / 3D content: render does work meaning the program has some issues in displaying stuff).

    In a Virtualbox VM with 3D acceleration you'll get failures with guest programs requesting 3D acceleration (not found...) if the host Win8 or 8.1 uses a High Contrast theme during guest VM run.

    Did someone else here noticed similar issues?
    I mentioned this a while ago, hopefully these are no hallucinations (as long as other users can reproduce the issues) and we hope MS is looking at the matter.

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  8. #28

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    Just stumbled upon a nice high-contrast-based theme to add to the collection:

    Night theme by phly95 on DeviantArt:
    Night by phly95 on deviantART

    Click image for larger version

    For those who like high contrast but need a bit more of blue touch.

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  9. #29

    Posts : 272
    windows 7

    Great themes guys. I know my brother will love these.

    Thanks for sharing
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  10. #30

    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Thanks for the themes! Is there one that uses the regular Windows 8 theme but changes the window background color of all applications (including the windows or file explorer) to light grey?
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