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How do I get the classic color scheme?

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    Windows 7 and 8

    How do I get the classic color scheme?


    How do I get the classic color scheme?

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    If you choose one of the high contrast themes, you can customize the colors to be close to the classic color scheme. There is not one by default.

    Choose High Contrast visual style under Personalization options and choose color options. Then you can customize it.

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    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro WMC, OS X Mavericks


    Quote Originally Posted by pcspecialistpdx View Post
    How do I get the classic color scheme?
    There is no ''real'' classic theme on Windows 8 like in previous versions of Windows,

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    but, something similar is available here.

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    1. Extract the zip file onto the desktop or any other location to get Classic.theme file.

    2. Move the Classic.theme file to C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes folder (C is your Windows 8 system partition).

    3. Perform a right-click on desktop, click Personalization to open Personalization window.

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    4. Here, under High Contrast Themes, you will see the Classic theme along with other high contrast themes. Click on Classic theme to apply it.

    To switch back to the default one, simply open Personalization window and click on the default theme (or any other).
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    Windows 7 and 8


    that's an improvement but a bit too 3.1 for my liking...... it'll have to do for now, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcspecialistpdx View Post
    that's an improvement but a bit too 3.1 for my liking...... it'll have to do for now, thanks.
    I think the "classic" theme actually DOES exist underneath. It's just probably buried. After all, why can it be used on Windows Server 2012 (which is the same codebase?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jody Thornton View Post
    I think the "classic" theme actually DOES exist underneath. It's just probably buried. After all, why can it be used on Windows Server 2012 (which is the same codebase?)
    Seems you are right Enable Hidden Aero Lite Theme In Windows 8 For (Slightly) Improved Performance | Redmond Pie

    It looks like this I've not played with the colours...

    EDIT - this is exactly the same solution as posted above just done manually - sorry.
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    I had a reputation comment but I lost or deleted it now. If that person is reading this, Anixx posted the link for the Windows 8 Classic Desktop right above this post.
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