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Classic Windows theme

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    Classic Windows theme


    Is there any info about the grey classic Windows theme still being included with Windows 8?
    And are there any public numbers on how many people actually use it, like there were for the usage of the start menu?

    On my notebook, which has not the best screen with its really huge pixels and low resolution (1368x768 at 15"), Aero just doesn't look that good and takes up too much space.

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    Windows 8 Dev Preview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by stobbart View Post
    On my notebook, which has not the best screen with its really huge pixels and low resolution (1368x768 at 15"), Aero just doesn't look that good and takes up too much space.
    Um... Are you a resolution freak? I am running the same resolution at 15.6" and it seems fine...
    But in regards to what you said, I can't find the "Windows Classic" Theme on my installation. Just has Windows Basic, and the High Contrast options... So I'd say they're trying to leave legacy behind (at least for personal installations), it's still there on server versions.
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    I think that was the name given (I don't think by MS) to the classic theme in XP, later carried on to Vista/7. I haven't tried it, but it is probably the "basic" theme
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    I just tried it, and the Windows Basic we've been given is kind of like Classic, but it's colourised and it looks a lot nicer.
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    Windows 7 x64


    I do not see any real reason that they would remove that since the servers versions still have it. What does a server need a fancy user interface for? They will keep it for many years to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beta View Post
    I do not see any real reason that they would remove that since the servers versions still have it. What does a server need a fancy user interface for? They will keep it for many years to come.
    Well that's the point. They will keep it on the server versions, but not on the user versions.
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    I do not see any real reason that they would remove that since the servers versions still have it. What does a server need a fancy user interface for? They will keep it for many years to come.
    My server has the fancy user interface.... just for my eyes
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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    I just tried it, and the Windows Basic we've been given is kind of like Classic, but it's colourised and it looks a lot nicer.
    True, "Basic" looks a lot better than it did in Win 7. And the default theme also improved, especially the minimize/maximize/close buttons. Classic would be nice, because it simply uses less space, especially vertically. But maybe with the Metro version, especially Metro Internet Explorer that's not that important any more, because the Apps run in fullscreen anyway
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    Windows 8


    Ever since I installed Windows 8 Pro (I used the Preview for months without this problem) and 'personalized' my various screen colors, my conditional formatting in Excel doesn't work when font color changes are required (other formatting such as bold and italicized do work but font color indicated doesn't occur. Fonts remain black: ex. font should be bold red but only bold). Also in Excel, when I try to fill cells with colors that doesn't occur. Has anyone else experienced this?
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