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Simplify 8 Theme Pack for Windows 8.1


Get my latest Simplify 10 themes: for Windows 10!


an elegant and minimalistic Pack of Visual Styles for Windows 8.1 that doesn't get in the way of your productivity.
+BONUS: Matching Firefox Style for the dark themes available here.

EXTRA STUFF!!! make sure you checkout the 2 matching PotPlayer skinsSimplify Light for PotPlayer and Simplify Dark for PotPlayer.

IMPORTAT!!!! The themes don't change the icons! I never said they do! If you want to change the system icons you can use iPacks. In the preview I've used this iPack: numix iPack. If you want to change the taskbar icons then please google something like "how to change the taskbar icons in windows".

how to

create a Restore Point using System Restore (safety first!)
patch Windows so you can use 3rd party themes using this tool:
install the theme by copying the content of the Themes/Light Themes or Themes/Dark Themes folder in "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\"
apply the theme from the Personalize panel
apply the registry settings by applying the corresponding .reg file in the Window Metrics folder
remove the hover glow of the taskbar buttons: System>Advanced Settings>Performance Settings>uncheck Animations in the taskbar
restart Windows and...
enjoy using your new themes!
• OPTIONAL for Dark Point and Light Lines themes: use OldNewExplorer and check Use command bar instead of Ribbon option and all the sub-options except for the Hide caption text in File Explorer windows
OPTIONAL! narrow vertical taskbar: use 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. Right click on the tray icon>advanced settings and set the no_width_limit = 1
OPTIONAL! change the system icons: install the numix iPack

what you get

10 awesome Windows themes + extra variations: folders Themes...
matching windows cursor schemes: folder Resources\Cursors
two beautiful wallpapers: folder Resources\Wallpapers
matching Firefox Style for Simplify 8.1 Dark: available here
unlimited support!


• added a new Bonus Version: Light Blue.


• replaced the original Simplify progress bar with the regular one (the one from the preview), in all the dark themes..


• added a new Bonus Version: Light Micro.

• added a new Bonus Version: Light Classic.


• added a new Bonus Version: Light Lines.
• dropped the themes and support for Windows 8.0.

• added a new Bonus Versions for Windows 8.1: Dark Point.

• added 2 new Bonus Versions for Windows 8.1: Dark Frames and Dark Micro.
• fixed the vertical taskbar in all the versions.


• fixed a few bugs in Simplify 8.1 Dark Colorful.


• added a new Bonus Visual Style for Windows 8.1: Simplify 8.1 Dark Colorful.

• added a Bonus Visual Style for Windows 8.1: Simplify 8.1 Dark.
• created a matching Firefox Style for the Simplify 8.1 Dark VS.

• added support for higher DPI display settings.
• merged Simplify 8.1 and 8.1u1 into one.

• fixed the missing context menu in the Start Screen in Windows 8.1 Update 1.

• added a new variation for Windows 8.1 called Simplify 8.1 which fixes the jumplist bug.
• added a Bonus Wallpaper!

• initial release of the visual style.

known bugs

Windows 8.1u1: jerky animation when minimizing/closing Metro apps.

check this out!

if you enjoyed this theme I bet you'll also like my other Windows 8 themes:
Maverick 8.1 light for Windows 8.1
Maverick 8.1 for Windows 8.1
Minimal Taste 8 for Windows 8/8.1

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yousirneighmhm's avatar



any way to get the curved scroll bar from light theme (preview)?

dpcdpc11's avatar

This theme hasn't been updated for many many years and if you look at my gallery you can see that I no longer use Windows 8. So the short answer is no :(

thanks bro, can't wait to try this....

Looks amazing,Could you give me the download link, please? 
dpcdpc11's avatar
Just click the download button! This is a free theme ;)
troawesome's avatar

Simple is best, awesome💕 Could you give me the download link, please?  

dpcdpc11's avatar
It's free to download! Just click the download button and enjoy ;)
But make sure you have Windows 8.1 installed and not another version.
Harkeerat16's avatar
Looks super cool! Send it to my notes? Thanks :)
dpcdpc11's avatar
Sure thing. Link sent to your notes. Enjoy ;)
Harkeerat16's avatar
Hi! Looks amazing. Can I try it out?
dpcdpc11's avatar
Sure thing my friend. Check your notes for the download link and enjoy ;)
project-noah's avatar
Could I please have the download link?^^
dpcdpc11's avatar
Yep. Link sent to your notes. Enjoy and Merry Christmas ;)
project-noah's avatar
Thanks! Sadly, it seems it doesn't scale correctly to 200% DPI on a high-res monitor: Merry Christmas to you as well :)
dpcdpc11's avatar
It's an old theme that hasn't been updated for years (2016.01.26). Back then hidpi monitors weren't a thing.
I would suggest to update to Windows 10 and try my win10 themes which most of them work great at 200% scaling.
nomoresmiles's avatar
Always doing a great work. Awesome happy  
Could you give me the download link, please?  
dpcdpc11's avatar
Sure thing. I've sent you the link to your notes. Just make sure you have Windows 8.1 installed and not a different version.
Enjoy ;)
download link please?

dpcdpc11's avatar
Check your notes and enjoy ;)
Awesome theme! Could I get a download link please? Thanks, great work.
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