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How to disable Windows 8 basic theme for older apps?


Squirrel

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Hey all, firstly a big thanks to this forum for all it's superb tutorials for making Windows 8 usable again :thumb:

My question is how can I prevent Windows 8 from applying what looks like the Windows Vista 'Basic' theme to certain apps, namely Adobe CS2 which I've just re-installed since building my new system. The regular Windows 8 theme is applied at launch but as soon as the menu is clicked it reverts to the basic theme.

Screenshot of the theme at launch:




And after the menu has been clicked:



Is this basic theme located somewhere that I could replace with the standard Windows 8 theme, or some other solution?
 

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Recommend CS6 and to uninstall CS2, for Windows 8.
 

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Squirrel

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I guess that is the expected reply, however I'd like to save myself $600+ on CS6 as I already invested in CS2 and it has served me well over the years.

Is there any way to replace the basic theme as seen in the OP? Only asked here as this forum is known for it's tweaks to Windows 8 so I was hoping someone would know.
 

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You'll likely have problems with certain tools with CS2 also.
 

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Hopachi

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Hi Squirrel,

CS2 on Win8, some have managed to install it, others didn't:
Adobe Community: is adobe photoshop cs2 compatable with windows 8?

The newer systems, hardware/software will silently forget about older software in time.
CS2 isn't fully supported by Win8 but if you already got it working (not looking at basic theme colors and other glitches) that's already a good thing.

I've seen that window too and if I may guess: the basic theme isn't very common in Win8 but it can relate to graphic acceleration, the program isn't able to use the OS resources / graphics drivers; which it's expected because CS2 is way older and doesn't know who and what the newer software/hardware exactly is. Is either Photoshop guessing the Windows Theme is Basic or is Windows giving Photoshop a hint in using something supported by the program interface.
Running CS2 with a system and hardware that it's designed for is still the best deal.

To still use it at the full extent, and if the basic theme still annoys you, try running the CS2 in a virtual machine with a fully compatible OS (Try this in VMWare Player or VirtualBox).

Until someone proves the contrary, I think it's not possible to disable the 'basic' theme on CS2 sub-window on Windows 8.
You can try Compatibility Mode for the CS2 programs, you might also test the CS2 in a AeroLite or a High Contrast Win8 Theme as well but there's not too much to expect in this case.

Good luck.

Regards,
Hopachi
 

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Squirrel

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Hi Squirrel,

*snip*

Until someone proves the contrary, I think it's not possible to disable the 'basic' theme on CS2 sub-window on Windows 8.
You can try Compatibility Mode for the CS2 programs, you might also test the CS2 in a AeroLite or a High Contrast Win8 Theme as well but there's not too much to expect in this case.

Good luck.

Regards,
Hopachi
Thanks for the insightful and informative post, helped to explain much of the problem. I've considered running it in a VM, although space is precious on an SSD.

Most other apps in the suite display correctly, so the OP was essentially just Photoshop specific. Sometime I'll look to upgrading but in the meantime I'll continue to use CS2 on XP as it works flawlessly.

Thanks again.
 

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Hopachi

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You're welcome, Squirrel. :)

Glad I could help.
 

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    Windows 10 x64
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
    slow and steady
    Browser
    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's basically it.