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!
Thank you so much for your work!
When you use this classic theme, you are using the old theme engine used by the High Contrast themes available from "Ease of Use." As such, Microsoft products (such as the IE and Edge browsers) will display a high contrast background. Firefox will inherit the same thing, but Chrome will not. As far as I know, Firefox is the only one that can be configured either way. Here's how:
1) From the Firefox "Tools" menu, select "Options."
2) From the Options screen (on the left margin) click on "Content."
3) Click on the "Colors..." button on the right.
4) From the window that pops up, uncheck, "Use System Colors." This will prevent Firefox from inheriting the system colors from the High Contrast theme engine.
5) To be extra sure, select "Never" from the pull down menu where it says "Override the colors specified by the page with my selections above:"
6) Restart Firefox.
Either one of these two changes should work. I have both set this way.
If that does not work for you, try experimenting with other settings. Let us know your results.
For additional tweaking of the classic theme and Windows 10, read my posts below.
Thanks for the help.
I tried Windows 10 at home and had to revert to Windows 7 because I am photophobic and the colour schemes were too bright.
However, my employers have now decided to upgrade to Windows 10 soon so I am now really worried!
In all previous versions of windows, I managed to change my colors so that I had a grey background instead of white.
Could someone please tell me, if I uses this classic theme, can I get a grey background so that my applications like Internet Explorer, Word etc, they will inherit the grey background?
Thanks in advance
Interesting you found Windows 10 too bright. I found it too dark and gloomy with not enough contrast between the taskbar and the open folders/programs that are displayed on it.
The "Window" attribute which I listed as "255 255 255" is the color-code for white. It will give a white background to folders, the taskbar, Word, Excel, and IE - probably all Microsoft software. I wish there was a separate attribute for the taskbar color.
You can change the background color to any shade of gray you want, such as "214 206 200". Software from other companies will probably ignore this setting and use the color options that the software provides for you to choose from (if any).
IE will also respect your chosen "Window" color, but it will be contrary to what a web page is designed to show. So if it displays a blue sky with white clouds, IE (and Edge) will show it all gray, while Firefox and Chrome will show it as blue with white clouds. (Is that what you really would want?) Firefox has a setting to display it either way.
I can provide some screen prints on a cloud drive to show what things can look like.
I am learning a few things about Windows 10 as I experiment with its new features and standards. For example, I could not understand why the taskbar was always taking on a blended tone between the color chosen for it, and the color of the desktop. So whatever light color chosen, always came out dark and gloomy.
As I experimented with the Classic Shell freeware (which allows better customizations), I discovered I can give the taskbar the gray color that I was used to from previous Windows. However, it did not look quite right. The white font on top of it was difficult to read on gray (and any other light colors). Older Windows versions use a black font on the gray taskbar. But Windows 10 uses white. Hence, the dark colors needed for the taskbar to show the white font brilliantly. Unfortunately, I do not think there is a setting in Classic Shell to select a font color.
I should make one clarification about my previous post. The Classic Shell freeware I mentioned above, has nothing to do with the "classic theme" that is being discussed (and downloaded) from this web page. Even when you install the classic theme, you still get the bulky tile-based Start Menu of Windows 10.
Classic Shell, on the other hand, is free software (which accepts donations) that you install on your machine to customize Windows 10 even further - particularly the appearance and functionality of the Start Menu, taskbar, and folders (as well as other components).
It can be configured with one of 3 styles of the Start Menu familiar from previous Windows versions. When you click on the Start Menu, the first option can bring up the Windows 10 style of the Start Menu. So you have the best of both worlds.
The taskbar can also be of any color you choose, as it contains a user-defined color palette which provides an endless number of color options. And yes, unlike the Windows 10 palette, the color you choose is the color you get – not a blend with the desktop color.
You can download Classic Shell from here:
In short you can make Windows 10 look and feel more like previous Windows versions, by combining the functionality of Classic Shell with the appearance of the classic theme.
I hope this helps some of you.