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Dark theme for Windows 8?Hi, I hope this is the correct a

  1. #1

    Dark theme for Windows 8?


    Hi,


    I hope this is the correct area to ask this question I felt a kind of falls into tweaking or optimization.


    I need some kind of a Windows 8 theme that is on the dark/black side.
    But it's also got to actually work as close to 100% as possible.


    I've got one that's called ultimate clean 8, however, it doesn't work 100%, for example;
    if I were to open my control panel there is a stripe at the top and a box at the left that is not been darkened so it's a big white box on the left and big white stripe at the top and then the text that's inside of that is on a light shade of gray so it makes it near impossible to read.


    And then there are other boxes or Windows that will open where it has black text on the black background of the window, I need to try to avoid that with a good quality dark/black theme for Windows 8.


    The reason that I'm looking for a dark/black theme for Windows 8 is not to be cool, but rather that I spend anywhere from 6 to 18 hours a day working on my computer and it often feels like my eyes are being burned right out of my head.


    And while the ultimate clean 8 theme is really nice because it makes everything really dark there's just a lot of mistakes that make it more difficult to use than it should be, for example if you open up notepad and you try to select some text on the page which is now white text on a black background inside of notepad when you select text bill only make it a shade of gray which makes it hard to make sure that you selected the right text.


    So if anybody knows of a good dark/black theme for Windows 8 (even if I have to pay for it) please let me know, my eyes will be forever grateful to you.


    Thanks,

    I should also mention that I'm looking for a theme that themes basically everything on the Windows operating system not just something that changes some backgrounds to a darker color and maybe changes your mouse around because quite honestly I can do that without a theme.


    So I'm looking for some kind of a theme that will perhaps change basically everything, for example in Windows Explorer to make it entirely black with white text things along that nature.

    Attached is an image that shows just how deep I need the theme to go, for what an example of what I mean is you can see that in the image Windows Explorer as well as Notepad are completely being to a dark black color so I need a theme that will go this extensively and not just one that will change the background
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Are you looking for something like High Contrast - Black ? For starting it's a good (pretty basic) one. The only drawback is that it's not based on Aero and some 3D applications don't run properly. It's a pretty good theme for text reading, programming, film watching, presentations and image processing.

    Pretty much, you need a dark theme that is pretty clear and you can still easily distinguish between buttons or text (white or light colored) on the screen. Sometimes you need to switch to a light theme when the sun shines, so using a couple of good themes to choose from is a nice thing.

    I've kept it simple and played with the high contrast to create some variations.
    If you're interested, look here for examples and info about the different settings.


    Why no glossy themes? Usually those custom made ones need the system dlls patched. You are free to look for those online, and sorry I don't have any like that.

    MS didn't thought about this: creating a dark theme based on Aero would fix everything but because of the general corporate (light) look used in businesses just one light theme was provieded and we need to resort to high contrast. However we do need dark themes for our eyes.

    I hope you find what you're looking for, third party themes need to be compatible otherwise you test a couple of them before finding the right one.

    By using custom high contrast themes, you don't need to patch anything, system remains stable and all elements are changed not just some backgrounds and text. If you don't like a theme, change it and/or delete it.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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    Cincinnati
    Posts : 54
    Windows 8.1


    I'm not sure what you're talking about, I don't have the white stripe and the grey area, it's all dark for me. You replaces the system files? The explorer.exe, shell.32 (the syswow never works for me, so I don't use it)? You know there are 2 versions of Ultimate clean? There's some greyish darkish themes, but ultimate clean 2 is the best one I found. I see no way around the highlighting issues as far as that goes, it bugs me just a little sometimes, but it's when there's a menu I can't see is when I have an alternate simpler theme I turn to.
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    Actually yes I did replace the system files, but then when I rebooted the computer and try to login the user account services was corrupt and wouldn't let me login to Windows 8.


    I followed the instructions found on this form as to how to go about deleting a corrupt account since there was only one account on this computer but there was no file that they said was supposed to be in the Windows registry to be deleted so I had to create a new account after formatting the hard drive and reinstalling Windows 8.


    While I don't know if replacing the system file is what caused the corruption or not I can only say that it wasn't until after I installed that system file and then rebooted that all of a sudden the user system was corrupt, so I decided upon the second installation of that dark theme that I would not swap out the system files again.


    I was using the full black ultimate clean theme.


    While I really like these high contrast themes that the user above suggested and they work really well for my eyes the problem is when it comes to printing out the forms that I have to fill out for my daily job on the Internet it basically screws up how the printer prints the page, under normal circumstances the printer takes the form that I see on my screen and basically just printed and it duplicates exactly into the printer however when using a high contrast theme every type of input box radio box checkbox or form field comes out dark on the printed copy to where you can even see what's printed there in other words you can't see the text in each form field that gets printed when using the high contrast theme and is unfortunate because the high contrast theme actually works really superb with Internet Explorer and the forms that I have to fill out.


    I'll have to go looking for the ultimate clean to although I'm not reinstalling or system files just in case I really don't feel like reformatting again and reinstalling my operating system that would be I think twice in less than a month.


    Thanks,
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    Cincinnati
    Posts : 54
    Windows 8.1


    I would suggest downloading version 2 from deviant art, and following the instructions provided especially the copy and paste the files instead of dragging them... And don't put the syswow file in the sys32 folder, that's how I got them to work. The syswow file screws my crap up.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    So that was what you've been using all this time!
    No wonder you had all those complex themes shown between your many screenshots...

    Cheers!
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    So that was what you've been using all this time!
    No wonder you had all those complex themes shown between your many screenshots...

    Cheers!
    Unlimited themes....
    I have Skin Studio but my computer isn't powerful enough to run it.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Skin Studio!
    That turns your OS into a chameleon.

    Too many theme choices...
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Skin Studio!
    That turns your OS into a chameleon.

    Too many theme choices...
    Window Blinds is good for people with poor vision.
    They can tweak the fonts & colors any way they want.
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