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Gray8MOD (dark Visual Style Windows 8.1 Upd.1) U20

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Please see the new 2014 version! 


Here's a modded version (for Windows 8.1 Update1) of the beautiful Gray8-final by gsw953onDA.
Please give credits to him too, he did the main work: gsw953onda.deviantart.com/art/…
In the preview thumbnail you can see the most important changes made by me.

A great thanks to vistastylebuilder.com guys for their support!


Ezio Lacandia Bijelkic



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).

**update 20 (01 May 2014):
- fix: no white borders in the tiles context menu (to update, just copy the new .msstyles, other files are unchanged)

- sorry, wrong upload lol. Please redownload.

**update 19 (12 Apr 2014):
- fixed colorization, no need to set it manually
- black text (instead of white) in context menu for highlighted entries
- 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).
- if you use stylish in your browser, check these new dark styles for web pages:
- userstyles.org/styles/95359/fa…
- userstyles.org/styles/47161/da…
- userstyles.org/styles/81403/gt…
- userstyles.org/styles/81480/da…

**update 18 (05 Dic 2013):
- cleaning up the gui: no separators in context menu
- auto hiding scrollbars in explorer (both vertical and horizontal), they appear on mouseover

**update 17 (20 Nov 2013):
- now visible column separator in explorer detailed view (thanks chemistrylab500x for the hint!)
- more visible title for inactive windows (thanks chemistrylab500x for the hint!)

**NO CHANGES, just take a look at this mod by Scope10scope10.deviantart.com/art/Pen…

**update 16 (16 Sep 2013):
- fixed jumplist corruption on Win 8.1 (new .msstyle)

**update 15 (29 May 2013):
- no more white parts in the GUI instead of dark ones if you block the user, or send a sleep/hybernate/logoff command to the system!! (just apply the new regfile in the pack). Thanks eats7 for the hint!!

**update14 (07 Apr 2013):
- changed colors for scrollbars (dark grey - dark blue), thanks ViRuSTriNiTy for the hint!

**update 13 (20 Mar 2013):
- changed colors for the search box in windows explorer, now its behavior is similar to the one of the address bar (like in Abisso VS);
- darker and more pleasant blue for mouse hover on taskbar thumbnails

**update 12 (18 Feb 2013):
- new behavior for the explorer address bar on mouse hover, now the single folder is highlighted instead of the complete breadcrumb (thanks to chemistrylab500x for the hint!)

**update 11 (14 Feb 2013):
- restored dark grey scheme (wrong upload with update10 :P)
- no more white border (now dark blue) for some panels in utorrent, task scheduler and other windows

**update 10 (07 Feb 2013):
- now the placebar (the left column in the Save As window) is black ;)

**update 9 (06 Feb 2013):
- changed checkboxes color (light blue)
- blue active caption
- new color for readonly comoboxes

**update 8 (06 Feb 2013):
- light blue border and text color for selected tabs in the file property window

**update 7 (05 Feb 2013):
- text is now visible in the little balloon tip appearing near the cursor when you drag&drop files in a folder

**update 6 (28 Jan 2013):
- changed font color (now aqua) for file details in all explorer windows;
- changed font color for file details, and name too, when the file is selected (now stronger white)

**update 5 (27 Jan 2013):
- the text is now visible for disabled dropdown buttons (now filled with semitransparent soft blue);
- grey border (instead of white) for all groupboxes (like in file property window);
- blue border for mouse hover on edit boxes and selected edit boxes (so you can view them :D)

**update 4 (13 Jan 2013):
- soft grey border for the active window, instead of previous black title bar.
(i prefer this solution, now it's similar to the active window behavior in gsw953onDA's VS where the border is white)

**update 3 (07 Jan 2013):
- better color for mouse hover in tree view;
- better color for selected folder title;
- new mouse hover effects for caption buttons (close, minimize...).
- black sticky notes: www.mediafire.com/?flv8x40ymcn…

**update 2 (06 Jan 2013):
- thin blue border for active combox too;
- different darkness of the title bar for active and unactive windows;
- better active selection color in task manager (process details view)

**update 1 (06 Jan 2013):
- better text color of selected&unfocused elements in external applications treeview;
- thin and better blue border for unactive combobox (save as box and others);
- now hyperlinks in windows like the driver update tool of Device Manager are visible;
- highlighted text is now visible in the control panel main window;
- text is now visible in the left side of the control panel, although you don't use modded shell32.dll and you don't have a darker left side background;
- vivid highlighted text when selecting it in any box.



NB: Windows sometimes marks downloaded zip files from Internet as unsafe and this can causes 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, 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).

You need to apply this uxtheme patch (others could not function properly):
Avoid other system files patching tools (sometimes, in that situation, the boot of Windows can be broken by Windows update).

Then, in "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes", you should have this structure:
- "C:WindowsResourcesThemesg8-mod.theme"
- "C:WindowsResourcesThemesg8-mod"
- "C:WindowsResourcesThemesg8-modg8-mod.msstyles"
- "C:WindowsResourcesThemesg8-modWall"
- "C:WindowsResourcesThemesg8-modshell"

Then, on the desktop, right mouse click --> Personalize, and choose "g8-mod" under "Installed themes".

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.

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:
- userstyles.org/styles/95359/fa…
- userstyles.org/styles/47161/da…
- userstyles.org/styles/81403/gt…
- userstyles.org/styles/81480/da…

For WMP background: winaero.com/comment.php?commen…
Or, better, apply wmploc.dll from this pack: gsw953onda.deviantart.com/art/…
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JOSEBB's avatar

Hola amigos saben como hacer para que este tema se actualice bien con el Ofice 2013 ya que algunas partes me aparecen oscuras y otras no COMO EN LA HOJA DONDE SE ECRIBE EL DOCUMENTO, Y ALGUNAS PARTES DEL MENU COMO EN EL CAMBIO DE LETRA, ESTILOS Y VARIOS MAS

SSGcharlie's avatar

how to run this theme

To-mos's avatar

Thanks for adding the uxstyle.com recommendation. I just discovered this little gem today and was looking for a dark theme. Before I had to patch uxtheme.dll by hand.

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PeterRollar's avatar
Thanx for updating and sharing:)
ezio's avatar
Thanks 2 u!
cepryk's avatar
Could you please fix the taskbar jumplist. I really love the Visual Style.
ezio's avatar
You mean the black vertical line in Win8.1?
To fix it i should rewrite the theme from scratch (Microsoft has changed a lot of things for the jumplist), i will do it in the future but not now (lack of free time :D) ;)
soundfi's avatar
great bro , refining more and more . thanks .
but dont know why my avast av finding virus in msstyles file !
ezio's avatar
Pheraps that's because you are using my reg file to load system transparency at boot, it set "System Transparency.exe" in [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]>Shell.
Viruses usually load themselves from that reg key, therefore Avast thinks that System Transparency is a malware.

Just ignore the warning, it's a false positive ;)
soundfi's avatar
oh that was simple ;D
btw i dont use transparency tool , i just love that soft cool look without transparency .
ezio's avatar
In that case just delete the reg key ;)

chemistrylab500x's avatar
I hope you don't mind another suggestion ;)

In detailed view, if you group the items by type, in the default theme, there is a light grey horizontal line that separates each group. However, once you apply this theme, there isn't any horizontal line to differentiate the groups. May be, you can see if you can add that line (grey or blue) whenever you have the time to do it, assuming that it is possible in the first place.

Thanks :)
ezio's avatar
Suggestions are always welcome ;D

I've made that line invisible to have a cleaner view, it's intentional. 
Btw i'm goind to add it on my system for a few days, and i'll update the VS on deviantart if it's good ;)
chemistrylab500x's avatar
Great to hear that :)

Thanks for taking the time to experiment and test to ensure that the visuals are outstanding!
M4v3r1cX's avatar
Hi! Nice theme, but i have a doubt. I'm currently running windows 8.1 and i can't figure out how to hide the "File" bar, because it's in white and it doesn't look good :c do you know how can i hide it? Thanks!
ezio's avatar
You can disable the ribbon with this tool: winaero.com/comment.php?commen…
Da5teff's avatar
Hello! Nice theme :) (Smile) I want to make my own theme (based on default win 8.1 x86 aero theme), so i only want to modify windows explorer ugly/annoying white colour, with a soft gray one. What to edit ? aero.msstyles, shellstyle.dll, or both ? and wich parts ? I have tried with Windows 7 Style Builder and Reshacker to edit them with no succes. I don't know how to do it, please help me!
ezio's avatar
I'm using this tool: vistastylebuilder.com/
With it, you can edit colors in the msstyles.
In their forum you can find a lot of tutorials ;)
Da5teff's avatar
Thanks! I'll read the forum :)
ezio's avatar
Wait, here's a great complete guide in pdf format: virtualcustoms.net/showthread.…

Da5teff's avatar
Thank you so much! Looks intersting, i'll give it a try
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