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Windows classic theme for Windows 8 RTM, 8,1 by kizo2703 Windows classic theme for Windows 8 RTM, 8,1 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 Technical Preview as well!
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Buff55 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2015
I remember this on my 95
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XxFoxy-The-PiratexXx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! Great job :)
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yoshirique Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  New member
where is the download wtf
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KaleidonKep99 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
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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!
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jach147 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
How to download
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kizo2703 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Click on ''Download'' will do the job!
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GideonFason Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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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 www.howtogeek.com/134620/how-t… 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 www.classicshell.net/ 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.
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Mrrobogavin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I like that you don't have to use a theme patcher.
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Proffes0r Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Thanks Man will try it in a sec thanks
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Proffes0r Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Works Great Like a Charm Thanks
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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.

Thanks!
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Mia-7 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  New member
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
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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".
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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.
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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.


*classicshell.net/
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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.
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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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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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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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krisiskiller101 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brings back memories!
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KhanMoron Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Awesome!
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xpclient Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Why is the area which is supposed to white (inside the chrome of the window) also gray? Can you please make that white?
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kizo2703 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Guys, it's hi contrast theme. If You want ''real'' classic theme look, You should then find and install something else.

For instance, something like this: xxinightxx.deviantart.com/art/…
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MichaelOKeefe1991 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Loved it, only problem is that certain Windows 8 apps won't work if you have this theme on (Such as Twitter)
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MichaelOKeefe1991 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
^Side note, make sure you switch your theme out of high contrast mode before launching certain Windows 8 apps, otherwise it won't work.
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MichaelOKeefe1991 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
^Another side note: It also affects the Windows 8 Start Screen as well
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mrhah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
thanx
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z-impi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
not really the classic theme. different colors different borders size, height and almost everything is different.
But i am grateful that someone did try ;)
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dianyitongxiao Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Can't download. why
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kesitu2208 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Photographer
Download button on right of screen! Plz
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dianyitongxiao Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Got it,Because I'm in China.
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Elvismiguel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Ahh ya! Gracias!
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Elvismiguel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Donde esta el link d descarga? .__.
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jflemmingjr Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Try this. It gives you the classic Start menu. I use it. [link]
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kizo2703 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
We're talking about classic look ,not the classic menu!
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Emreka Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Nice effort however it's nowhere as good as the stock classic theme in windows 7. is it possible to imitate that for windows 8?
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kizo2703 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Classic theme has been removed from Windows 8, and there is no possibility (yet?) to restore or imitate real classic look.
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austij Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Where is the download link?
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kizo2703 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Have You tried ''Download file'' with arrow?! :nana:
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MercuryX Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
hmm To do the whole custom Win95/1.0 thing I may have to almost clear the entire startmenu and start over xD and kind of think of how I want to do it.....maybe even create a concept of it first
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MercuryX Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
hm bad part is decor8 doesnt seem to work with it. 0_0 It like disables Decor8. Which kind of ruins the whole thing in a way. Not to mention my custom images and custom TILEs I made with Oblytile now have an annoying empty name box on the each tile....and the custom images have the box showing up also
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MercuryX Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Or maybe a mixture of Win95 like there and add the 1.0 applications to startsceen xD
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MercuryX Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe I can finally do my Windows 1.0 idea....
[link]
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gekkk0 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Love it! Thanks!!
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CthuluCola Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet
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CRT1000 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Not to turn you down but it just does not feel the same.NOTE:I never used windows 8.
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