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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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vladoff-m Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  New member
Thank you for giving me the third and final step to make Windows 8 look normal.
Step 1 : Disable the lock screen, so you go straight to log on screen at start up, (dead easy).
            Go to… for instructions.
Step 2 : (a) Skip the Metro screen, and go straight to Desktop at log on.
            (b) Get Start Button / Menu back on Desktop like it was in the good-ol-days.
            (c) Make Windows Explorer have that Classic-ish look and feel.
            (d) Ditto for Internet Explorer.
            Go to and download free Classic Shell, (easy).
Step 3 : Put kizo2073's Classic Theme on your PC and use it.
For some reason the people at Windows do something stupid at every new release, which
is like moving the furniture around in a blind mans house, "bloody painful".
Thanks again, and I hope these steps will help others to get the look and feel they remembered, back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.
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
Thanks Man will try it in a sec thanks
Proffes0r Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
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.
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