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Windows 8.1 still cold and ugly

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    Windows 8.1 still cold and ugly


    Hey folks,

    I just registered and still using Windows 7 but the other night I installed 8.1 on a second drive and after 24 hours of testing and tweaking i like the performance side of it all but my GOD is it ever ugly. There is absolutely no warmth to it whatsoever. The window borders and task bar can't be made to look smoother or softer, the corners can't be rounded with contrast added onto it.

    I guess my question to everyone who has a little more experience with Win 8.1 is; Can you make it look and feel just a bit more like Win 7 in the sense that things are a bit more rounded with contrast and for lack of a better word "warmth".

    It's really too bad. It's a great new powerful OS and yet in my opinion, it lacks SO MUCH.
    Last edited by pabloottawa; 27 Oct 2013 at 14:45.

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I agree with you, first off, you can install Start8 or Classic Shell to get back a REAL Start Button, then you can find a decent Desktop Theme, set the Taskbar Colour to Automatic. If you use multiple wallpapers, the taskbar colour will change according to the main colour of your wallpaper, and it is a lot more decent to look at.

    Once you install Start 8 or Classic Shell, you can set it up so that it will bypass the Start Menu, or, you can tell 8.1 to boot straight to desktop.
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    Thanks for the reply XweAponX,

    Do I have to pay for Start 8 and/or Classic Shell? And if so, which would you recommend?
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Start8 is better but its 5 bucks. Classic Shell is free.

    I have both, I use Classic Shell to remove Breadcrumbs from my Explorer address bar.
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    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    I use classic shell. Works fine.
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    Thanks guys, I'm gonna look into it and hopefully with a little open mindedness, I'll like Win8.1 as much as 7.... I loved 7 right out of the box. Can't say the same for 8.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I prefer 8 actually, and so far everything that was running on 7 runs on it. I cant say fro 8.1, I usually do not update my OSes more than once every 2 years anyway.
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    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    There are a great many visual styles out in the wild that will do just about anything you are looking for. At present I am using an OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion style which I truly like. If you are looking for a Win 7 style they are out there. Must of the styles that are available offer you Start is Back as part of their package thus giving you a start menu if you are also looking for one. If you are looking for sometime simple and without a start menu then WindowBlinds might be what you are looking for. . .remember "Google" is your friend. . .Good Luck.
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Start Menu 8 is also nice. I agree, 8 is ugly especially after Aero in 7. We got spoiled I guess.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That is the biggest disappointment in 8 and 8.1
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