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Solved Windows 8.1 Conflicted Colors With programs and disappear


dune dune

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#1
Hi
First the only thing i hate about all windows versions is "Dump White color" Because its look Ugly all the time .... So i decided to Apply High Contract theme from personalize setting ... :sleepy: ,Actually these themes caused a conflict between apps and programs and some programs are running background but not Displayed .... Watch this video i made .:mad:

e7d8cbd2f9_e/windows_bug_colors.mp4 : File Sharing - Upload and Send big Files : FileToLink

As you see , Opera browser Link Bar is not showing the URL ,Then the word 2007 look Horrible and the icons are very old :mad:.
Secondly the PSP emulator is showing up when i record the screen , But in fact its NOT ,The only thing i see is Black screen ,The program is not showing up !!!! :mad: , Also Screen Changer Background animation is not working 'No Animation" . Another issue about lock screen .The lock screen is always Black:mad: .... Windows 7 was better than this .. Many Many other programs conflicted , look at this

Desktop 10-28-2015 9-18-15 PM-55.png

In Internet explorer all the pictures in websites disappeared ! Many bugs

it looks horrible !!! i tried changing colors but nothing work ....:(
Is there any way to disable these color affects in programs ???
Is there any Updates from Microsoft to fix these problems ?

I did many tries ,but nothing worked :(

Please help , I dont wanna get back to White ugly color >< ....


Note : This problem only happen when i select High contract Colors , Original theme is working fine but i HATE white color , It kill my eyes at Night :sick:
 

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Cliff S

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#3
Here is a zip with some color registry settings.
Just download the zip file, right click, open properties, unblock, click apply, then extract to where you wish.
Next choose any(doesn't matter which) high contrast theme. Then double click one of the files, sign out & back in.
When you find one(or more) you like, just save the settings by opening Personalization in control panel where themes are stored and save it with a background and sound settings you like, and give the theme a name.
Note: these reg settings are only set for that one theme, so if you don't want or like it any more, just change the theme:)

Here are some screenshots too.

 

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dune dune

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#4
Here is a zip with some color registry settings.
Just download the zip file, right click, open properties, unblock, click apply, then extract to where you wish.
Next choose any(doesn't matter which) high contrast theme. Then double click one of the files, sign out & back in.
When you find one(or more) you like, just save the settings by opening Personalization in control panel where themes are stored and save it with a background and sound settings you like, and give the theme a name.
Note: these reg settings are only set for that one theme, so if you don't want or like it any more, just change the theme:)

Here are some screenshots too.


Sorry , But your solution didnt fix Anything , Just look at these

Desktop 10-30-2015 9-42-28 PM-52.png

Desktop 10-30-2015 9-43-36 PM-469.png

Desktop 10-30-2015 9-43-43 PM-162.png

Same problems "opera link bar not showing up , internet explorer pics disappeared , programs crashes '' But i noticed 1 strange thing when i apply original theme then applying your Theme from registry ... look at this

Desktop 10-30-2015 9-53-44 PM-140.png

Desktop 10-30-2015 9-55-27 PM-738.png

Looks like Microsoft messed up with many bugs with Contract Themes ! :( . The Ugly white color still in my screen :cry:Now some windows are colorful but the Main Windows are still white ><
some windows background changed with fonts "'But not all of them'' So is there any way to edit backgrounds while running original Theme than Contract theme ?
 
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#5
What you see when you apply the reg file when using Aero(windows normal theme mode) is something called "Hybrid Aero"(for which I use thes registry files actually;)). There are color settings that can't be applied without a UX(User Experience) Theme Patcher when using Aero. But these programs cause instability and also castrate certain functions. For example, it kills the right click function in start screen and all apps screen. Also Reliability History will not work after.
I know how it effects IE11, so in high contrast I use Firefox with these settings which overrides high contrast:
Image 004.png

If you want to go ahead and try a good dark them that needs patching(which I really don't recommend(anymore)) take a look at this at deviant art, it comes with patcher and instructions: Gray 2014 (dark theme Windows 8.1 Update 1) Upd.11 by ezio on DeviantArt If you decide to use it and need help installing just post here. It's a 6.8MB download that comes with theme files, registry file and
5) In the pack there's a registry fix to avoid white elements instead of dark ones after blocking the user, or sending a sleep/hybernate command to the system. Just apply it.

6) Install and set the included transparency tool as described in the "transparency" folder of this package.
PLEASE NOTE: some antivirus could find a malware in that folder, it's a false positive (due to the set-at-boot.reg behaviour).


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TIPS:

There are some barely visibile fonts in few programs but it usually depends from the program itself (if it applies visual style colors for some parts, and hardcoded colors for other parts).

To set transparency in windows and popup frames use the tool included in this pack.
 

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    BenQ BL2711U(4K) and a hp 27vx(1080p)
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    1920 x 1080 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
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    C: Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD
    E: & O: Libraries & OneDrive-> Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
    D: Hyper-V VM's -> Samsung PM951 Client M.2 512Gb SSD
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dune dune

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I hate this kind of modded Themes :sarc: With loooong steps . The theme look Impressive But can you write all his words in quick summary that i can apply his theme in 15 minutes if you mine?
 

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Not really sorry. It takes time to get it right.
And most importantly, you need to make a system image before hand, incase something goes wrong. Not a restore point, but a system image, with Macrium Reflect or some other program you prefe, so you can restore your PC back to where it was before installing any part of a UX theme.

To install the basic theme without the bells & whistles(which is better so) :
  1. You need to install the UXStyles theme patcher,
  2. Reboot
  3. Then copy (not move) the Gray 2014 folder and the Gray 2014 Windows theme file to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes.
  4. Then open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization and scroll down till you find the Grey 2014 under Installed Themes, then click it.
  5. There is also a registry fix to avoid white elements you need to double click and apply it
  6. Sign out and sign back in.
  7. Do not use "Transparency" or "OldNewExplorer"


Now if you like the theme you are done and it stays applied until you change it.
One thing to watch out for: For any Windows Updates requiring a reboot(such as on patch Tuesday) you need to switch to a normal windows theme, or you risk getting a black screen with white cursor and no desktop.
Other than that, If you run sfc /scannow at any time you will need to re-apply UXStyles Theme Patcher.
 

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    BenQ BL2711U(4K) and a hp 27vx(1080p)
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    1920 x 1080 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
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    C: Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD
    E: & O: Libraries & OneDrive-> Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
    D: Hyper-V VM's -> Samsung PM951 Client M.2 512Gb SSD
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dune dune

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I followed all your steps and its still missing :( All installations of these themes Dump ....

Desktop 10-30-2015 11-54-28 PM-254.png

Why theres sooooo Much diffrent installation for each part of them "Thats so stupid" :mad:
Every theme contains the following components

OnE
THEME files
transparency
uxtheme
FIX for colors after sleep-block-CtrlAltCanc-logoff
 

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[DEL]OnE[/DEL] >>>Not needed

THEME files->>>You've done it

[DEL]transparency[/DEL]>>>not needed

uxtheme -apply(install) and reboot

FIX for colors after sleep-block-CtrlAltCanc-logoff - click to apply sign out and back in

try applying a normal windows theme firs,t then back to Gray 2014

Image 005.png

Image 001.png
 

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    Intel Core i9-9900K
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    ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
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    32 GB Quad Kit, G.Skill Trident Z RGB Series schwarz, DDR4-3866, 18-19-19-39-2T
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    ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition
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    (1) HD Webcam C270 (2) NVIDIA High Definition Audio (3) Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ BL2711U(4K) and a hp 27vx(1080p)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD
    E: & O: Libraries & OneDrive-> Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
    D: Hyper-V VM's -> Samsung PM951 Client M.2 512Gb SSD
    G: System Images -> HDD Seagate Barracuda 2TB
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    Corsair HX1000i High Performance ATX Power Supply 80+ Platinum
    Case
    hanteks Enthoo Pro TG
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    Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB TT Premium-Edition 360mm and 3 Corsair blue LED fans
    Keyboard
    Trust GTX THURA
    Mouse
    Trust GTX 148
    Internet Speed
    25+/5+ (+usually faster)
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    Edge; Chrome; IE11
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    Router: FRITZ!Box 7490
    Sound system: SHARP HT-SBW460 Dolby Atmos Soundbar
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dune dune

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OMG , Thanks Finally the ugly white color has been killed :D:eek: . I messed this part of installation . When i installed UltraUXThemePatcher_3.0.4 ,Another File arrived with this package called "UXTheme" i applied it then selected the theme i want then Log out 'Everything appeared :)
I expected the patcher will do all the specific functions ...
By the way ,According to the High contract conflicted Colors . I think Microsoft must Deal with this kind of problems because these setting established with windows ,So its so shame to release a copy of Windows without fixing this kind of issues....

Thanks So Much Cliff S;) Finally the user interface look more pretty than before :sick: Seriously Am SICK of white Color XD
 

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You're welcome dune dune:) And remember, when you receive an update(from Microsoft) that needs a reboot, change over to a windows theme before rebooting.
 

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    Intel Core i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
    Memory
    32 GB Quad Kit, G.Skill Trident Z RGB Series schwarz, DDR4-3866, 18-19-19-39-2T
    Graphics Card(s)
    ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition
    Sound Card
    (1) HD Webcam C270 (2) NVIDIA High Definition Audio (3) Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ BL2711U(4K) and a hp 27vx(1080p)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD
    E: & O: Libraries & OneDrive-> Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
    D: Hyper-V VM's -> Samsung PM951 Client M.2 512Gb SSD
    G: System Images -> HDD Seagate Barracuda 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair HX1000i High Performance ATX Power Supply 80+ Platinum
    Case
    hanteks Enthoo Pro TG
    Cooling
    Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB TT Premium-Edition 360mm and 3 Corsair blue LED fans
    Keyboard
    Trust GTX THURA
    Mouse
    Trust GTX 148
    Internet Speed
    25+/5+ (+usually faster)
    Browser
    Edge; Chrome; IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender of course & Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit as a
    Other Info
    Router: FRITZ!Box 7490
    Sound system: SHARP HT-SBW460 Dolby Atmos Soundbar
    Webcam: Logitech BRIO ULTRA HD PRO WEBCAM 4K webcam with HDR

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