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Windows 8 custom themes not working properly.

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro

    Windows 8 custom themes not working properly.


    Hello,
    I have patched and rebooted using the UltraUXThemePatcher and it said it was successful. I've followed instructions of putting the theme file and the folder into my windows/resources/themes folder, then selecting it from the personalisation window.
    The theme changes, however some themes don't work as expected. It's the same problem with most themes - the explorer window. For example, it's supposed to be like this:
    http://puu.sh/42EX8.png

    However my one is like this:
    http://puu.sh/42EXF.png

    The color has changed, albeit not to the one its supposed to be, and there is some strange border around the window. Only the buttons to close, maximize and minimize changed as intended to. Same for most themes.

    I'm new to the theme stuff, maybe I missed out on some step, but all the tutorials I've seen only show to patch, then put it in the folder and click it to activate it.

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    I don't use these kind of themes anymore but I'll try to help out.

    Check theme readme, maybe you forgot some files, some themes patch Explorer as well.

    Check the theme settings.
    The color options from Personalization window may still apply: pick a darker color.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    I've followed the instructions from the theme creators themselves but it's the same thing. Also there's videos on Youtube that show exactly what I do and it works fine for others and in the video.
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    There are many possibilities here and I don't know the details.

    For instance:
    - Are you using the same version they use in the demo?
    - Are you on 64bit Windows? -> is the theme 64bit compatible?
    - Where can I get it? -> what youtube video to follow?
    - Did you tested the color settings I mentioned? -> darker if possible.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Theme: Space Blueberries 4.8 by `neiio on deviantART
    Video: http://youtu.be/F-ViV1LcfXM?t=40s

    Same thing happens with this one as well for example WhiteDior Visual Style for Windows 8 by ~RidKurn on deviantART

    I tried changing the color when the theme is enabled but it doesn't affect anything at all.
    And yeah I'm on x64. But does it make a difference? No themes say they're for x86 or x64.
    Last edited by ApexCrisis; 15 Aug 2013 at 14:18.
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  6. #6


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Thanks.
    I did tested it on W8 x64 in a VM and it's indeed gray.

    Followed all steps...

    Click image for larger version

    The color cannot be changed.

    All 3rd party themes I know do work on x64 but they are actually all 32bit (win32 pe detected for the *.msstyles file, the theme core) including this one. But a few of them might work better on 32bit depending on the patch or the msstyles file.

    Now if all steps we did are right it means the maker opted to add the gray there otherwise I don't know what to blame. I've used the same uxthemepatxcher. Weird things. Maybe they forgot to change the previews, or (if someone confirms) they work better on 32 bit, not sure.

    EDIT: the first theme you linked has extras, including the explorerframe to change buttons and some colors. You might test that as well but requires .Net 3.5 package installed. The youtube video directs you to another link to get the theme, maybe it's another version.

    If somebody else has other suggestions they're most welcome, I'll stick with original themes and the RP theme that doesn't need patching.

    Regards
    Hopachi
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Hi everyone,

    Sorry for the bump, but since this is the first result on Google for "Windows 8 themes not working", I thought I'd post how I fixed this. In order for this to work you need to have shadows enabled on windows. To do that, go to Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced System Settings. Then click on the settings for Performance and check "Show shadows under windows".

    Hope that helps!
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