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Watercolor Emico: Black

Watercolor Emico: Black and Washed Black

So.. almost a year after I've started working on this skin the 1st style is finally done. This version contains the Black substyles with a "Modern" and a "Classic" taskbar.
This skin is based on the skin called "Watercolor". It's a skin that was being used in the beta's of XP.


This version contains a Black and a Washed Black version. Washed Black is less dark as you can see in the preview. It also has green sliders and progressbars instead of the blue ones in Black.


How to install:

Extract the folder called "WE Black" to "C:WINDOWSResourcesThemes".
Right click the desktop > properties > appearance > then from the first drop select "Watercolor Emico: Black"
From the 2nd drop downlist you can make a choice between the "Black Modern", "Black Classic", "Washed Black Modern" and the "Washed Black Classic" substyle.
In the 3rd drop downlist you can make a choice between a "Normal" or a "Compact" start panel.

To use this theme you need to patch the Windows system file uxtheme.dll. You can read about how to do that here: [link]

"bugs" I know of:
* Some palet frames arent drawn the correct way. (Now idea how to fix this yet)
* In some webbrowsers the buttons might be resized the wrong way. (Browser bug)
* Multi row taskbar does not look good in the Modern substyle. (Theme)

For personal use only.


Bug fixes and updates:

- Changed the toolbar buttons and the placebar buttons from orange to blue
- Fixed the top taskbar

- Added the shellstyle


Wallpaper used in the preview is Earth View



If you feel like contributing to this skin with application skins then go ahead and make them. All you have to do is ask me for permission by email with a screenshot.
My email address is:

For more info about further progress, application skins etc. read the journal that I've made on deviantART: Watercolor Emico: Further progress and info



Credits go out to all the beta testers.
Credits also go out to tornado5 aka em3.
Thanks to Des and Scirwode for helping me out with the shellstyles.
Thanks to euphoricallydead for notifying me about some bugs after the first release.


Please give me some feedback about the skin.
© 2008 - 2021 Jamush
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overpk's avatar
Can i port this to Windows 7?
Jamush's avatar
You can, but I'd like to see it before you release it :)
Android-Music's avatar
Looking superb! Is it possible to adapt it to WindowBlinds by any chance?
Jamush's avatar
It's possible to convert visual styles to WindowBlinds, but it does need some work afterwards. It was meant to be just a visual style for Windows XP though , so I'm going to leave it up to others to make a possible WindowBlinds port. Such ports do need my credits though.
Android-Music's avatar
Thanks for reply! If I only knew how to do that... Pity no one done that yet, I miss Emico series on Win7/8 a lot, can't look at other styles after this one! Big respect!
Jamush's avatar
Haha, thanks for the kind words! :D
Still using this theme on a couple XP boxes and VMs in 2016, hoorah!
been using it since late 2009 and have come to enjoy it significantly over any other theme or color of WE to the point that everything else just looks wrong.
I... may have also turned on visual styles and patched a couple server 2003 boxes with this back in the day. but only because it's easier on the eyes than the normal Classic theme. I'll also say it works well on XP 64-bit, FLP, and POSready 2009.

Protip for anyone out there: this looks glorious on screens under 13 inches. on the 1280x768 panel of a Fujitsu Lifebook P series, it's crisp, no-frills and easy on the eyes. there's some issues with some dialog boxes and some stuff in IE, but you shouldn't be using IE on XP anymore ever, so it's nothing to worry about.
(you'll also want to do the POSready reghack if you're one of those luddites out there still using XP in this half of the 2010s to continue getting updates.)

(Pic related)
Jamush's avatar
Hahaha good to hear! :D
i want to download it
Jamush's avatar
You can download it by clicking on the "Download" button in the top right. It's only for Windows XP though :)
Jamush's avatar
Same counts for this theme. Even more so for this one than for Novus.
wawdemmon's avatar
I ported this style for windows 7 <3
Jamush's avatar
That's awesome! I hope you're enjoying it! :)
ThauruS's avatar
Dude, that the way XP themes should be! You take it to the next level. I'll prefer that star menu without white area, but i :love: it anyway. :+fav: it very well deserved
Jamush's avatar
Haha, thanks! And a white pane on the left side wouldn't have been consistent with the rest ;)
wawdemmon's avatar
I made a good windows 7 port of the style for my personnal use.
If Gelosea is agree, maybe I could distribute it for people like me that can't work without this nice theme !
Jamush's avatar
I'd first need to see how everything looks before allowing a port release :)
wawdemmon's avatar
You can see by yourself :

Here is my port for windows 7…

with disabled Aero feature, the theme is really similar to the xp version

Because I'm using classic shell, I didn't waste time to port and optimise the start menu (so I'm not sure it look like really great)
Jamush's avatar
I need screenshots buddy because I'm running Windows 8.1 :)
Allan10394's avatar
El link del wallpaper ya no esta disponible
Jamush's avatar
You can still find it here: [link]

Thanks for letting me know about it. I also have a tip for you; You should comment in English because not everyone can talk Spanish. It's not a big issue to use Google Translate to read your comment, but it's more convenient if you'd comment in English :P
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