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Windows classic theme for Windows 8 RTM, 8.1, 10 by kizo2703 Windows classic theme for Windows 8 RTM, 8.1, 10 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.

NEW: theme is compatible with Windows 10 Technical Preview as well!
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SmileyWitchFaerie Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Your are the best! Thank you!
lillilitli Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Beutiful, thanx :)
nitramcs Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
it doesnt let me download it :( i click on the download button but nothing happens. help?!?
justAn0therbrony Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Right click the download button and click open link in new tab
bulldows95 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2015
Any chance you could make it compatible with Windows 10 RTM? Looks all messed up here sadly.

Also could you maybe add those install instructions to a README.txt file inside and maybe also include a link to this page?

Thank you!
jaymin1990 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional Filmographer
thanks buddy. world need more people like you. i just created a deviantart account to thank you
ThimbleTimble Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
Looks really great but I hate how it's still not that the same.
bulldows95 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
For the latest updates on the classic theme in Windows 10 check out:…
danbourbeau Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
bulldows95 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
Please help support the new DA redesign:…
Paquachuck Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
The button is up in the the right hand corner of the page (as other people have said).  You might have trouble seeing it if you are using a browser extension like noscript in firefox or something else that is blocking a content delivery network. 

I can see the button, but when I click it nothing happens; download does not start.  Reason unknown. 

Solution: Right click the button, copy link location, paste the address in a new tab and hit enter.  The download started just fine and now I have the file.  (Using a dialup connection here, so if I can do it, you probably should have no trouble.)

Hope that helps!
ente3000 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, I love the old design much more than the new ones... Thank you! :D
DStrikTART Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Thanks, you are awsome!
pijani1978 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I know I will sound stupid - but where is download button?

I;ve patched it, but where from do I download this theme?

thank you
BobWoggle Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a download button right under the "Add to Favourites" button.
Swarzox Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
thx you
PegasesPower Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
0/10 is not installable easily
needs admin permission
somedomino Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
You must be pretty retarded.
It is actually very easy to install and that English is terrible.
kizo2703 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2015
Of course - as it does for anything you place in Windows folder! ;) (Wink) 
foxtochop Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2015
For anyone using this theme, I made a Classic Shell skin & a wallpaper to match this visual style.

Classic Shell Skin:…


I hope you all like it :)

PD: This theme is rocking my desktop. Shame for who says is ugly. Great stuff!!!
bulldows95 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
that is absolutely awesome man thanks!!
wolfpuppy1010 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
can you make the windows boarders the same as te windows 7 classic theme
kizo2703 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2015
If You want real look n' feel of W2k - Windows 7 classic theme, You can download the whole theme, like this: simplexdesignsart.deviantart.c…

But then, You also have to patch the system for unsigned themes.
Somecoolkid97 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you please add the window bar gradients?
kizo2703 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Nope. This is high contrast theme and You can only change colors.
Somecoolkid97 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haven't you heard of third party themes?
kizo2703 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
Yep, i did. Have You? Thing is, this theme doesn't require patching the system files.
Buff55 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2015
I remember this on my 95
XxFoxy-The-PiratexXx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! Great job :)
yoshirique Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
where is the download wtf
KaleidonKep99 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
TripingPC Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
thanks a lot, I see what you did there, but still I didn't think of applying it like that!  nice work!
jach147 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
How to download
kizo2703 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Click on ''Download'' will do the job!
GideonFason Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
vladoff-m Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.

Mia-7 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
I'm having this problem too, not sure how to alter the blank input fields, or actually invisible input fields on some websites. I tried to just use a different windows theme over this, didn't solve it., and can't find where the uninstall is .Maybe Kizo can help? Thanks
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.
solpraxis Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I have lost my notebook with the color palette choices so this is great. Thank you.
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