Simple Classic Theme (fully supports Windows 8.1, 10 and 11) Aug 22, 2019 15:35:52 GMT -8
Post by leet on Aug 22, 2019 15:35:52 GMT -8
Basically, I saw this thread which is an amazing solution for Classic Theme and decided I wanted to create a GUI for it. It's a simple .NET app which does the following things:
- Installs and configures either SCT Taskbar or Open-Shell and StartIsBack to emulate a Classic taskbar/start menu experience
- Enables/Disables Classic Theme with a press of a button (or command)
- Runs Classic Theme in a way that both Explorer and Immersive apps run normally, without any bad looking theme files.
- Automatically enables Classic Theme on boot-up if it was enabled before shutdown
- It can install all these utilities when requested:
- Classic Task Manager
- 7+ Taskbar Tweaker
- Folder Options X
How the Classic Theme works
Winlogon uses a shared memory section for handling themes. By removing access to this memory section the Winlogon process can no longer manage themes so the default theme is used, the Classic Theme. It's better then suspending the Desktop Window Manager because that bugs out the whole system while this still uses DWM to keep the system running smooth.
Screenshots of GUI (v1.0.6) running on Windows 10 Pro (version 1903) and Windows 8.1 Pro (build 9600):
Command Line Usage
You can supply an infinite number of arguments into SCT. It will first parse all of the arguments, and it will then execute them one by one.
I won't cover all arguments here as there's quite a bit of them. Run SCT with --help to see an extensive list of arguments available.
I have put up a guide on the new (not official) WinClassic resource site:
NOTE: If you get a skinny taskbar or metro doesn't work on boot-up:
Open the utility again and increase the Taskbar Delay
The application can be downloaded through the project's website
Supported operating systems: Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (version 1803+) and Windows 11
Note that Simple Classic Theme does NOT work with ExplorerPatcher on Windows 10
IMPORTANT: READ THE GUIDE BEFORE INSTALLING
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.
You should receive a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program. If not, see <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
Link to the SCT website: simpleclassictheme.nl
Link to the download page: simpleclassictheme.nl/download.html
How do I report bugs?NOTE: Make sure you have the latest version before reporting any bugs!
Known issue: SCT 22.214.171.124 cannot install ExplorerContextMenuTweaker. This will be reworked in SCT 2.0.
You can contact me directly on WinClassic. Alternatively, you can reach me with any of the methods on this page: simpleclassictheme.nl/contact.html