So obviously there are currently some issues with the classic theme. This thread is meant to document some of those issues. This post will be updated if/when a fix for an issue is found, or when a new issue is reported or discovered.
Windows 8: Explorer: - The three 'phantom' alt-tab applications (they can be removed with fxxkmetro) - 1px placement issue on the taskbar (only when using ClassicTheme.exe in install mode, other methods do not produce this glitch)
Windows 10: Explorer: - The taskbar appears black with unreadable text, making it quite annoying to use. - Context menus do not display properly. (Fix) - Modern apps. Especially a problem when PC Settings needs to be accessed (can be fixed by starting classic theme after app host).
Windows 8 and Windows 10: Explorer, Paint, Wordpad: - Ribbon does not display correctly
Control Panel Pages that fail to load: - Ease of Access Center - Language - Personalization - Storage Spaces - Work Folders (these can be fixed)
Global Interface Issues - Transparency in some windows. (Fix for Firefox, there are other fix methods)
Could you have been any less specific about that? I'm still not sure what's to blame on the Classic Theme and what's to blame on my Virtual Machine ._.
I know the text and button padding is an issue...is there anything else, though?
Speaking of button padding, I remember reading somewhere that when using metrics from older versions of Windows on Windows 10, the taskbar buttons become pretty wide. This makes me think that Windows 10 interprets that number differently.
Let's say it does produce a larger value on 10 than older versions. That would mean Microsoft must have changed the number to something smaller than its previous value, to counteract this. If this is true, then when Visual Styles are disabled, the old interpretation of the value returns, but since the value is still small, the buttons get crushed together!
Yeah sorry for not being more specific. I'll update that whenever I have the time. Well I'm pretty sure it's an issue with the taskbar and not just a virtual machine, since I was actually running Windows 10 for a while on my computer before my hard drive failed, and I experienced many of the same issues. So the taskbar in Windows 10 needs a lot of work.
is it normal on Classic theme program that when I install it. it breaks Windows Explorer and the control panel that it brings up the classic theme program because things crash on my full copy of Windows 8.1.
Last Edit: May 16, 2016 8:02:07 GMT -8 by bakuchris
I have noticed that with the handle utility method there is no 1-px shift in the taskbar (but the taskbar appears with colored borders). Maybe we could find another way to combat those colored borders than changing dwmapi.dll as the w8classic does? I tried the recent classic shell but the texturing does not work under classic theme.
Well I found it. After using handle utility method, manipulating with styles (setting and removing WS_DLGFRAME) (this can be done using AHK script or Window Detective), the colored borders disappear, only a slightly different color of taskbar is visible (compare to the start button):
soapmusic27: I have made us a Discord channel: discord.gg/9jtudv Also created a thread about it. I never knew what the Win10 2004 searchbar issue was until just now. For some reason, I am running 2004 with classic theme and the searchbar is unaffected
Sept 24, 2020 20:54:21 GMT -8
Splitwirez: Apparently the Windows XP source code has leaked. Keep your distance, folks.
Sept 25, 2020 0:41:12 GMT -8
ihatemetro: Splitwirez It was? Which Service Pack? To all people, don't use it for making Windows more Classic. Edit: It's SP1 I can tell, and any Windows NT OS older than XP was also leaked. Edit 2: Bits of Windows 10 source code have also been leaked.
Sept 25, 2020 5:36:43 GMT -8
Hayafumi: Well i'm even more scared when 7's will get spilled out on the internet.
Sept 25, 2020 5:38:56 GMT -8
ihatemetro: Hayafumi Oh no, not 7 or Vista. At least people can find a way to get Windows 10 drivers on 7 and still supply security updates, but still it's going to be illegal.
Sept 25, 2020 5:41:12 GMT -8
Hayafumi: Ah, well I will probably switch to 10 and setup Classic Theme or go to Linux pretty soon.
Sept 25, 2020 5:45:12 GMT -8
ihatemetro: Hayafumi That's not even all of it, Windows CE 3-7, Server 2003, and MS-DOS 3.30 and 6, as well as original Xbox source code have been leaked as well. Bits of Xbox one source code have also been leaked.
Sept 25, 2020 6:22:35 GMT -8
Hayafumi: Oh lord, this is the gigaleak like Nintendo but not really.
Sept 25, 2020 6:25:31 GMT -8
ihatemetro: Hayafumi I also saw a tiny bit of Windows 7 source code once too, but it's a tiny bit and not that important, from 2010. Can't tell if it's real or not.
Sept 25, 2020 6:26:55 GMT -8
Hayafumi: There goes another partition on my drive, gonna install either LTSC or LTSB on it.
Sept 25, 2020 13:58:39 GMT -8
ihatemetro: Hayafumi LTSB 2016 is recommended, it supports Classic Theme and has longer support than LTSB 2015.
Sept 25, 2020 14:14:20 GMT -8
Hayafumi: Is kinda of a struggle for me to make Pre-1803 because I can't get everything to start up, but i'll try again.
Sept 25, 2020 15:17:48 GMT -8
Hayafumi: Once again, i'm really new on Classic Theme +8
Sept 25, 2020 15:18:04 GMT -8
Hayafumi: Also, is a struggle finding LTSB 2016.
Sept 25, 2020 19:55:42 GMT -8
Hayafumi: I'm just going with 8.1.
Sept 25, 2020 19:59:41 GMT -8