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  1. #1


    127.0.0.1
    Posts : 144
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Windows 3.1


    Is there any way to make Windows 8 look like Windows 3.1? Seems like it'd be really cool.

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  2. #2


    I don't think you can lower resolution and colors that much and even if you could most stuff would not work. You can use "Total Commander" or "Free Commander" to open full screen automatically and have it look like old File Manager. Or, find the picture of 3.1 desktop, set it as your desktop picture.
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  3. #3


    127.0.0.1
    Posts : 144
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I just mean make it look like it as in border/button styles etc. I dont want that low of res lol.
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  4. #4


    it's possible i guess, like classic theme for win8
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by drakulaboy View Post
    it's possible i guess, like classic theme for win8
    That's Win 95.
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  6. #6


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by drakulaboy View Post
    it's possible i guess, like classic theme for win8
    That's Win 95.
    Yes, the only thing that can be done on top of that is alter the colors and text a bit to make it look even more classic.

    But that will need to be another theme if it's applied with patching of system files.
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  7. #7


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Patching system files just to get that extra retro look is a bit too much, you can just try AeroLite / High Contrast themes first.

    You can also pick some favourites from the bunch of classic themes that were available in the classic collection:
    Classic Theme on Windows 8

    If you create new themes based on AeroLite and high-contrast:
    You can alter the colors in the *.theme file itself but fonts will need to be altered in the registry.

    More info:
    Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)
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  8. #8


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    You could go back to Windows release 1 !!!! -- not sure though if you could get resolution as LOW as the original -- especially on large screens.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #9


    Never mind resolution, what would you do about 64 bit processor and 16 bit apps ? I have original 3.11 diskettes and it can't boot with them.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Never mind resolution, what would you do about 64 bit processor and 16 bit apps ? I have original 3.11 diskettes and it can't boot with them.
    Why not install your Windows 3.11 in a VM?

    ~ Cheers
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