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Snowy8 for Windows 8/8.1

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By Carborunda   |   
Published: October 27, 2013

Supports ALL COLORS!

Supports Windows 8 & 8.1 x86/x64.

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Attention! In Windows 8.1 Microsoft has added an underlay behind the text on windows. You can try Aero Glass to avoid this, another way - hide titles.

Update #11 12.08.2014: Fixed modern apps minimize/maximize bug. Fixed tiles cut off bug when moving on the Start Screen.

Update #10 10.07.2014: Added version with glass borders.
Update #9 24.06.2014: Fixed graphical issue.
Update #8 30.04.2014: Changes for better usability.
Update #7 05.04.2014: Added Windows 8.1 Update 1 compatible.
Update #6 23.03.2014: Removed versions with black titles and flat windows. Added shadows to windows.
Update #5 17.12.2013: Removed Glass borders version. Added versions with black titles.
Update #4 23.11.2013: Small graphical improvements and usability changes.
Update #3 07.11.2013: Minor changes in Glass borders version. Returned back separator in menu.
Update #2 29.10.2013: Replaced background of address bar with transparent image to smooth IE bug. Changed highlight color.
Update #1 27.10.2013: Fixed jumplist bug.

Installation: See ReadMe.txt.
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One superb theme!!!
Nikku1732's avatar
plan to port this theme to win 10?
jomi21's avatar
how to download sir?
parazutul's avatar
make this for windows 10 v1607?
2Pinka's avatar
Ради этой темы пришлось удалить каталист и накатить кримсон, а то каталист вылетал с ошибкой. То ли из за темы, то ли из-за рег.файла, разбираться не стал, уж больно темка хороша. Спасибо!
Ckopn1oH's avatar
Привет, спасибо за такую красоту. Не подскажешь как сместить заголовки окон влево?
Fibster's avatar
Суперская тема! Нужно еще что-то подобное в темных тонах.
tony-44's avatar
even with the limitations you point out - as the best theme on win8 it has to be worth porting to win10 - most of it works - the only problem i have is a bit of graphics corruption on the right click menu - the highlighting is wrong and text stays bold - if that could be fixed and maybe the windows border reduced to a minimum it would be up there with the best again

i have tried to fix the menu corruption but dont know where to look - also cannot find the border setting - a few hints and tips would be great if you finally decide not to port it 
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Important information for everyone!

In Windows 10 Microsoft has deleted all taskbar resources from .msstyles file including jumplists, clock & audio mixer area. Other elements of the system: Start menu, Notification panel, Universal apps windows - are not customizable too.

So, I see no reason to port Snowy8 on Windows 10. 
ferenCEO's avatar
StartIsBack ++ fixes the taskbar bug itself whilst using a Custom Theme so you can still customize it if you have StartIsBack ++ installed...
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CarborundaHobbyist Interface Designer
I know about this. Taskbar is a customizable now, but not fully, only background is available, and it is enough. But the new problem is that Microsoft updates .msstyles file on every major update, so I will need to completely rebuild my style two times per year. That's not good and will take a lot of time.
But here is another way - WindowBlinds 10. It is now in closed beta and it allows to fully customize taskbar, has build-in window tranparency and once created style will work on every new Win10 build.
If I will start to port my VS on Win10, I will notify people here. But now, I am waiting when software and win10 will be not so raw.
phly95's avatar
You could still make custom Msstyles for Startisback. Longhorn Revealed 10 takes advantage of this and it works really well.
drakulaboy's avatar
i just tried the theme on Windows 10, looking nice)
XPN1's avatar
What program do you use to disable Ribbon bar?
XPN1's avatar
I try OldNewExplorer 1.0.6 but it doesn't work.
It give me a white screen and i have to restart the Virtual Machine.
drakulaboy's avatar
there is a new version, 1.1.5
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CarborundaHobbyist Interface Designer
Looks terrible. And as I said, and as you can see, a lot of elements are not customizable.
XPN1's avatar
Here is my win10 desktop with Snowy.

Edit: It's a VM only for test your theme, but looks amazing
XPN1's avatar
WOW! That's incredible
XPN1's avatar
Too sad :(
I think i stay longer on Win 8.1 for this reason.
Man, your theme is AWESOME.
VitalityV's avatar
No chance for a barebones version, just the gradient taskbar, start button maybe. I'm willing to donate for it makes a huge difference for me and many other.
Thanks in advance for a reply.
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