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Gray 2014 (dark theme Windows 8.1 Update 1) Upd.11

By ezio
Here's a completely new version of Gray8 for Windows 8.1 Update1!

No more white ribbon and white backgrounds, windows explorer style like in win7 (with the useful bottom details bar), cleaner interface with a lot of fixed stuff.
A great thanks to, and guys for their support/tools!


Ezio Lacandia Bijelkic



22 July 2014
- ONE updated to v1.1.0 20.07.2014 (Improved injection mechanisms).

14 May 2014
- no changes and no update to download, just an IMPORTANT info:
On some configs, the theme switches to default after shutting down Windows. It's due to the fast startup option, just disable it (see "TO-DO (disable) if the theme switches to default at boot.jpg" in this package).

01 May 2014
- fix: no white borders in the tiles context menu (to update, just copy the new .msstyles, other files are unchanged)

29 Apr 2014:
- NO changes but an IMPORTANT info: in "ONE" please don't use "Enable glass on navigation bar", to avoid glitches in the "This PC" window.

12 Apr 2014:
- Win8.1 Update 1 compatibility fix, with the new tiles context menu (right click on a tile in the Start to show it).
The theme will not support Windows 8 and 8.1 anymore, Update 1 is mandatory according to Microsoft (otherwise you will not receive Windows Update patches).
- latest version of ONE
- if you use stylish in your browser, check these new dark styles for web pages:

20 Feb 2014:
- fixed some edit boxes that became light blue with invisible white fonts (e.g. in firefox) - NOTE: just update your .msstyles, other files are unchanged.

05 Feb 2014:
- updated "ONE", now it works much better. No changes for the theme.

04 Jan 2014:
*only .msstyles are updated* *load Aero theme, update modded theme files, reboot, select the modded theme*
- added a persistent-scrollbars version of the theme
- fixed some glitches on scrollbars highlighting blue

17 Dec 2013:
- fixed a little glitch for buttons in the Organize bar (there was a vertical gray line for the mouseover blue effect) - to update, just overwrite the .msstyles

15 Dec 2013:
- added a no bottom details panel version of the theme (good for low-resolution systems)

12 Dec 2013:
- some white lines are now blue e.g. the box in the Personalization window
- dark gray background (it was white) for the hard disk free space bar
- blue copy progress bar (it was green)
- got rid of the white box in the copy window

11 Dec 2013 - NO Changes but very IMPORTANT INFO:
- after running Windows Update, load the standard AERO theme before restarting the system to avoid black screen at boot. After the boot, you can chose Gray2014 or other modded themes.

10 Dec 2013:
- finally get rid of the sh#t da#ned black background under the window title when the window is not selected! :D (updated .theme and visual style folder).

09 Dec 2013:
- now the bottom details bar is not in a box but there's only e little adaptive separator!
- darker separator for the tree view panel



NB: Windows sometimes marks downloaded zip files from Internet as unsafe and this can cause issues.
So, don't forget to unblock the zip before extracting it: right click, then go to "Properties" and  select "Unblock" in the bottom box.

After running Windows Update (specially if there are Internet Explorer protection patches - they usually change uxtheme files), please load the standard "Windows" theme (aero.theme) before restarting the system to avoid black screen at boot. After the boot, you can chose Gray2014 or other modded themes.

On some configs, the theme switch to default after shutting down Windows. It's due to the fast startup option, just disable it (see "TO-DO (disable) if the theme switch to default at boot.jpg" in this package).

1) You need to patch uxtheme services, use the one in the "uxtheme" folder of this package.
Avoid other system files patching tools (the boot of Windows can be broken when updating the system with Windows update).

2) After patching uxtheme, install and set OldNewExplorer as described in the "OnE" folder of this package.
(please don't use "Enable glass on navigation bar", to avoid glitches in the "This PC" window).

3) Then place theme files in "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes", you should have this structure: 
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Gray2014.theme"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Gray2014"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Gray2014|Gray2014.msstyles"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Gray2014|Wall"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Gray2014|shell"

4) On the desktop, right mouse click --> Personalize, and choose "Gray2014" under "Installed themes".

5) In the pack there's a registry fix to avoid white elements instead of dark ones after blocking the user, or sending a sleep/hybernate command to the system. Just apply it.

6) Install and set the included transparency tool as described in the "transparency" folder of this package.
PLEASE NOTE: some antivirus could find a malware in that folder, it's a false positive (due to the set-at-boot.reg behaviour).



There are some barely visibile fonts in few programs but it usually depends from the program itself (if it applies visual style colors for some parts, and hardcoded colors for other parts).

To set transparency in windows and popup frames use the tool included in this pack.

With Firefox, let web pages load their own colors (you can change behavior in FF settings). With Chrome all is good at default.

If you want to change the white background of some web pages like youtube, facebook, google, install STYLISH in your browser and check these css:

For WMP background:…
Or, better, apply wmploc.dll from this pack:…
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sheet on ms. exel..... how to fix it


Excelente gracias

EmiLEDESMArg's avatar

this is really cool! congratulations! has a very good job ..!

i have a question .. the lines on the sides of the active windows .. can they be removed? thank you very much for sharing

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ezio's avatar

back in the days when i had 8.1, those edges weren't there :D eheh sorry but i switched to windows 10 so can't check that stuff anymore

the screen turned all black and i can only see the courser, thank god i made a restore point otherwise it would have ruined my pc

So many thanks

the uxthemepatcher or oldnewexplorercfg causes corruption of the desktop window manager

ezio's avatar

Sorry i don't have 8.1 anymore so can't test

It's mentioned in the readme's about BSoD and performance issues for one of those programs. I haven't installed either lately and the problems have not reappeared. The corruption affected files for my NVIDIA drivers which led to nvlddmkm BSoD, and also files related to explorer.exe and dwm.exe, causing system hanging and user profile corruption to the point that I couldn't log on and had to reformat (I've had to do this 4 times in the last year due to this problem). Just an FYI for any other users who may have a similar experience.


ok nvm i already fix it by using restore session, now how do i uninstall this ?

ezio's avatar

Sorry i don't have 8.1 anymore so can't test it.

hey how do you fix it if you get the blackscreen after boot?

This is amazing! This is amazing Theme

matiasht's avatar

I know this won't be updated anymore but I found a couple of bugs.

The "Run" option on Windows have colors show in a weird ya

The "Search" option on Windows, when you open it up, it looks white, and when you type something on the search bar on file explorer the cross on the right shows three times.

If you fix it and re upload for Windows 8.1 you'll be God indeed lol.

TheSpiritualWalker's avatar
This is amazing! This is amazing! This is amazing!
Awesome work!
1Eres's avatar
Ciao Ezio, ti devo ringraziare per il fix reg che hai inserito nel tuo tema pack, funziona anche con altri temi su Win 8.1. Mi ha salvato con questo bellissimo tema dark… che però ad ogni avvio da sospensione sballava tutti i colori di alcune finestre. Col tuo fix adesso sembra sia perfetto sempre :D Di temi per 8.1 ne ho cercati tanti, ma avevano sempre qualche difetto, sembrava che 8.1 fosse refrattario a cambiare pelle o 'sti temi non fossero molto ben fatti :D diversamente da quelli bellissimi per Vista e 7. Ma alla fine ho trovato questo che è proprio spettacolare! :D
Ciao :)
ezio's avatar

Uè Eres! Da quanto tempo :D Non pensavo che qualcuno usasse ancora 8.1 eheh.

1Eres's avatar
Io invece mi chiedo come si faccia ad usare 10 :D In effetti anch'io da poco ho preso un portatilino con 10, ma è sempre spento, molto meglio 8.1 :D 
Non sono più i tempi ferventi di XP o Vista, ma fa sempre piacere vedere che qualcuno ancora si interessa di visual style e modding. Tenete duro! :)

Hi, I can's switch styles because dark mode is not fully loading. I need to reboot pc to make it work. How to solve it?

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