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Windows classic theme for Windows 8 RTM by kizo2703 Windows classic theme for Windows 8 RTM by kizo2703
For everyone who prefer classic Windows theme, this is the closest to the original theme.

Just move it to C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes folder and use it.

Of course, You can use this theme file on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.
Applying the Classic theme will change the Start screen background and tile color to classic view as well.
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Mrrobogavin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thanks! I like that you don't have to use a theme patcher.
Proffes0r Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  New member
Thanks Man will try it in a sec thanks
Proffes0r Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  New member
Works Great Like a Charm Thanks
bulldows95 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
How do I prevent this theme from messing up my browser's input fields? Right now they're showing grey whereas they should be white.

bulldows95 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Awesome theme!

Like they say: "Perfection is achieved, not when there's nothing left to add, but when there's nothing left to take away".
X12-1992 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
another thing you can do is right click the taskbar go to properties and select small icons and set it so taskbar buttons never combine.
Ural375 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
With this and Classic shell* I think I've gotten as close as I ever going to get.
So, thanks a bunch! I really hated the default theme the minute I laid eyes on it.

Roadsguy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Is it impossible to get the "exact" classic theme that Windows 7 had? This one is just a recolor of the Metro theme.
tidalgate Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist
Yes, apparently MS pulled the engine that was used for the old classic theme. So this is about as close as you can get, a recolor of the high-contrast theme.
j7ndominica Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
The most important aspect of the classic theme was pronounced 3D relief. Even relatively modern "Office 97" style themes had it, but used more mouse hot-tracking effects where 3D was added upon mouseover only. Input controls were generally etched into a layer below the basic gray chrome and were white or lighter. Pressable buttons stuck out.

Windows Eight is flat but uses color sparingly to provide the distinction between different kinds of controls. Your visual style remains flat and also removes all color. One can no longer tell an inactive label apart from an input field, or a disabled control from a usable one.

I may be using incorrect terms, but as an artist you must be able to 'feel' that the above is 'wrong'. If you want to see the real, rich classic theme in action, get something like Office 2000 or an older Windows operating system, like Me or 2000, in a virtual machine.

Windows Seven shell (Explorer), where DWM can still be disabled without hacks, no longer uses correct colors for most of the new dialogs. And new 3rd party applications, sadly, also tend to "fall apart" (text doesn't fit) and look bland (lots of blank space) in classic view, because the authors never designed them to be rendered like this. The sad truth may be that one will have to accept the ugliness of Eight if one wishes to use recently released software.
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