Classic Theme using WindowBlinds May 14, 2020 16:26:04 GMT -8
Post by SemoB on May 14, 2020 16:26:04 GMT -8
After weeks of frustration trying to get Windows 10 to strip itself from the flat aero theme using the common tools in this forum, I thought hey why not instead dress it up?
As many of you might already know all the themes attempting to recreate the classic theme on the Internet are either juuuuust not quite perfect or simply downright bad. Hence, I'd like to share my own take.
I have done my utmost best to remain as faithful as possible to the original Windows 98 standard theme, including the exact colour codes used, with some licence to change things that simply would not look good with the way Windows 10's UI is structured.
This is very much a first attempt/work in progress, so some items may be missing (please comment if you find anything glaringly missing and I'll attempt to fix).
- A fully recolourable UI - so you can recreate that hideous Eggplant colour scheme Windows used to have!
- A "modernised" classic version, that adds very few and very subtle modern elements, such as mouseover highlights. Cause why not? I like 'em.
The start menu is actually a Classic Shell theme that I've created. It's included in the zip below. Note though that WindowBlinds is only compatible with Classic Shell 4.3.0.
The little black Windows watermark in Explorer. Again, Classic Shell Explorer toolbar with custom icon.
For the desktop/system Windows 9x icons, you can find this awesome set on WinCustomize. Search for "Windows 98 Scaled" by rdtg in the IconPackager section - or alternatively use any other icon skinning software you like - Win98 icons are easy to find using Google.
For the 3D borders on immersive menus I'm using the feature from SimpleClassicTheme.exe to enable it, but I'm looking for something simpler - like a registry edit, that I can simply package with the zip. Any tips on this would be great.
The main pros of using this are that it's completely safe and fool-proof to apply, (almost) completely glitch-free and you don't have to give up any modern aero features either. It'll also continue to work with future Windows 10 updates without any issues (as long as Stardock update WB consistently).
There's a 1 mb attachment size limit so I had to link the WinCustomize thread for the main theme. In the attachment you can find the rest of the stuff like the ClassicShell theme etc.
Or copy and paste this into your browser if the link doesn't work.
Or alternatively use this Google Drive version:
Windows Classic Theme Package.zip (57.6 KB)
Hope you guys like this. Please give it a go if you'd like and leave me any feedback you might have.
Compatible with Windows 10 1909. I have NOT tested it with Windows 8, but it should work without issues.