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Windows 8 VS for Win7

If you want a more realistic version, try this:

Beta 4
Added no-userpic version by request
Fixed a lot of minor community reported bugs.
Added a NoRedCloseButton version for ~revengexx14

Special thanks to a computer expert in psychological perfection, Francisco for pointing out improvements

Beta 3

I changed some more elements for the style to feel more modern and metroish. Some stuff, however, was improvised, so let me know if you really dislike anything there and I'll fix it real quick. :)

Notice: Giblet reports that a recent windows update may have restored uxtheme, which will make any custom themes stop working. Just simply re-patch uxtheme again.

Beta 2

Tiny adjustments:

- Fixed capition buttons on light background
- Squared taskbar previews
- Revised explorer commandbar background
- Capition font size increased slightly
- Added MetroSquared start button pack

I'm planning on making this the official VS to be included in Omnimo 5 in the future

-- revision 1

Also removed glow from titlebar buttons and made some slight adjustments
Startmenu is no longer rounded
Glitch in the frames is almost invisible now (though still here)

Okay since nobody is doing a VS yet, I decided to make a quick one for those can't test windows 8.

The style itself is VERY VERY simple, and nothing much has been changed. The only difference is how the frames look.
I included the original aero.msstyles from Windows 8 if anyone wants to take a look at it. The theme for 7 includes the wallpaper from 8 also.

The start button on the screenshot is my custom metro one. You can download the original start button from 8 here:

If you're not a fan of the new Windows 8 start button, try Metro Squared start buttons:

Comments are welcome!
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how to download

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Press download on the right

Where in the visual style is the start menu hover (on the right side of the menu) stored? I can't seem to find it (in Resource Hacker).
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turismeopcio's avatar
Wow this amazing. .Never try this before.I will give a try on it. :) 
Jir-0's avatar
I have a problem with the theme. For some reason when I installed the theme, when I hover my cursor to a folder, the highlight box is still rounded. Do you know what causes the problem?
Channel-2012's avatar
Is there a way to use this skin while keeping the stock Windows 7 start button?
fediaFedia's avatar
Yes, just dont replace explorer.exe
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Talkside's avatar
Дай ссылку именно на ту кнопку пуск которую ты сделал, пожалуйста :)
Blankvrs's avatar
just wish it had darker menu highlights.  never liked the almost clear highlights in windows 7.
kwuus's avatar
I love this theme. This is what Microsoft should have done for Windows 8.
xFluing's avatar
They did, this is how it looks like in the preview or something, idk.
kwuus's avatar
I know that's what I was saying. They should have kept it that way.
nice theme, simple and effective, a good hybrid betwen 7 and 8
the-sax-man's avatar
Very nice theme. It's like a more modern, polished version of the Windows 7 theme, sort of a compromise between 7 and 8.
nickypartinwindows8's avatar
make the windows 8 consumer preview theme for windows 8 and 8.1 please.
Zyad48's avatar
how do i install this? when i put it in the themes folder and click the file you said to click to apply it, it just brings up windows 7 default(without aero enabled), and yes i put both the folder and the .theme file into the themes folder, and i've also already patched my pc and rebooted, so how can i get this to work?
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