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Windows 8 VS for Win7 by fediaFedia Windows 8 VS for Win7 by fediaFedia
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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WIN7TBAR Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Cool! :D
ezhao02 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 15, 2017
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).
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
Amazing Picture!
Styleshhh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Thank you bro
turismeopcio Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
Wow this amazing. .Never try this before.I will give a try on it. :) 
Jir-0 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Student General Artist
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?
TheVistas2004 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student Interface Designer
:-o (Eek) :O (Eek) :-O (Eek) 
Channel-2012 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Is there a way to use this skin while keeping the stock Windows 7 start button?
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Yes, just dont replace explorer.exe
Public4K Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
customizewin7 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
excellent check my themes
Talkside Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Дай ссылку именно на ту кнопку пуск которую ты сделал, пожалуйста :)
Blankvrs Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
just wish it had darker menu highlights.  never liked the almost clear highlights in windows 7.
kwuus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014   Interface Designer
I love this theme. This is what Microsoft should have done for Windows 8.
xFluing Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2014
They did, this is how it looks like in the preview or something, idk.
kwuus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   Interface Designer
I know that's what I was saying. They should have kept it that way.
hepatox Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
nice theme, simple and effective, a good hybrid betwen 7 and 8
the-sax-man Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
make the windows 8 consumer preview theme for windows 8 and 8.1 please.
thechampishere03 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zyad48 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
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?
ironwool Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
aldidd Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
how can i download windows 8 VS for 7?
arbitartytwist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
arbitartytwist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Sorry am a bit new at this, but how do i change the color of the taskbar.

I copied the theme to the resources\Themes directory and chose the Aero 8 theme under personalize. I presume i don't need to do anything else ? Don't see much of a change lol.

Would appreciate the help.
arbitartytwist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
I am a bit new to this, and i have applied the theme. Wondering how do i make the color darker. I would like to match the color from Windows 8 8102 orb V2.

Also i just copied the files to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. I think thats all i need to do.

Would appreciate the help.
Marrussa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Is possible for it to work in Windows 8.1?
Blankvrs Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
i absolutely LOVE this theme.  however, it has the one thing missing that i need the most:  a darker blue menu highlight.  windows 7 also has a very light blue menu highlight, and i can hardly see it.  perhaps a highlight as in this theme:…
323ver1 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, Do you have newer themes for Win 7? Thanks.
Hasthur Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
waiting for the final version.

thank you very much
MinecraftBros Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it has transparent windows 7 aero glass =(
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Uncheck in control panel if you don't want glass:
MinecraftBros Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ok but in an update default it to no glass

                      MinecraftBros                                                  5:55 PM 10/21/13 :)
jamesxmcintosh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I love this theme. Thanks.
saifulkader Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
o:D (Big Grin)  some...
LOuroboros Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Will you someday port it to Windows 8? (Yes.. weird answer, but the VS looks great..)
owenouyang Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
thank you for sharing
maks2323 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
у меня уже стоит патч но другой как его удалить поскажите!!!
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
esli patch jest, to nechevo nenado udaliat, prosto temu instaliruj :)
Trataten Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Подскажите, какая библиотека отвечает за скругление углов у остальных окон? Например где выбор жестких дисков, в пуске и т.п. Хотелось бы их также сделать острыми.
Trataten Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Есть предположение, что за это отвечает ExplorerFrame.dll
Вы можете сделать аналогично как в вашей теме?
SteelMK0 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the edged window corners. Makes it look more classic.
msaravana Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome man
Xa1tyra Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
может быть я сейчас задам глупый вопрос, но как скачать ?
BMubble Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wooooow. i don't get how people master things this confusing
MICRENN Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
how i download ?!
fediaFedia Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Press download button on bottom right.
Jr4594 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
any possible way you could do a blue x button with the no user pic version?
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