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Penumbra 8 - Windows 8(.1) visual style by Scope10 Penumbra 8 - Windows 8(.1) visual style by Scope10
This visual style will no longer be updated.

Works on Windows 8 and 8.1. (Does not work on Windows 7)
This visual style is made to have no accent color, only black, grey and white.
The music player in the preview image is AIMP with Ladient ( )

Based on Gray 2014 by ezio ( )
& Gray8-final by gsw953onDA ( )
Credit to these guys since they did most of the work.


Before you install
- Make a restore point.
- Follow this tutorial just in case anything goes wrong:…
- Install Open Sans (included in the download)

How to install
- Apply the UxStyle Patch:
- Disable ribbon UI:
- Copy the content of the Visual Style folder to C:WindowsResourcesThemes
- Right click your desktop > Personalize and click Penumbra 8 under Installed Themes
- Done

For the previewed statusbar use Classic Shell

Make your window borders smaller…

Important note
ONE can cause installation problems such as installs being stuck at "creating shortcuts" and also other explorer related problems. If you are hindered by these problems, uninstall the ONE shell extension.

Known problem
- Start menu right click in Windows 8.1.

- Fixed low quality notification arrow when taskbar is on the sides
- Changed a bunch of color in the explorer window
- Changed 'None' icon
- Small changes to all button types
- Changed color on dropdown menu
- Changed colors of pop-up menu
- Changed colors of Monthcal
- Bunch of other small changes and fixes

- Added OldNewExplorer (ONE) to the download
- Added new wallpapers, removed old ones
- Skinned copy window
- Made general colors a bit lighter
- Changed tooltip and tooltip balloon
- Made different between disabled/grayed and normal text more noticeable
- Slight change to the scrollbar
- Fixed change icon view menu
- Other small fixes and changes

- Changed colors of the explorer window
- Changed font rendering to Cleartype-natural
- Made overall font color a bit darker
- Changed colors right-click menu
- Made taskbar notifications more noticeable
- Made button colors lighter (incl. radio and checkbox)
- Added purple wallpaper
- A bunch of other small changes

- Changed the blue taskmanager colors
- Changed some of the icons when dragging files/folder in explorer
- Taskbar notifications should show now
- Other small changes

- Added Penumbra 8 W
    This fixes some problems with dark background of searchboxes, urlbars and microsoft Word.
    This is however in exchange that some other parts of the VS will appear white.

- Used Gray 2014 as new base. It should fix* most if not all problems that were present in Windows 8.1
- Slightly changed caption buttons
- Changed scrollbar arrows.
- Other small changes

- Changed taskband list item background and close button
- Changed background of the box when selecting filetype
- Changed background on desktop icons
- Changed editbox border
- Changed Close button on tool windows
- Fixed Vertical progress bar
- Fixed pin list icons for Windows 8.1, but it isn't properly styled yet
- Other small changes and fixes

- Removed white dot from search bar
- Made text in the control panel readable
- Changed progress bar
- Changed list tab item

- Initial Release beta

* = Set color intensity all the way to the left ( )

Please read the comments before asking about a problem.

Suggestions are welcome.
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MOMEISX Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Because of Windows 8 security, it will be very difficult,
MOMEISX Featured By Owner 4 days ago
This theme is super powerful!!!
Uki1995 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2018
It would be nice if you could fix Control panel white parts though, because its the only thing left to correct to make this theme best one available.
Maybe there is some kind of fix that I m unaware, I would appropriate any help if thats the case. Best regards.
Scope10 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The only way I know of is by using a modified shell32.dll file that has the white control panel images changed to a black. Some other Windows 8 dark themes include this in their download. I never bothered with it as it's a manual process of changing a system file that can, if done incorrectly, make your system unstable.
MOMEISX Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
是的\Unable to start the system" /システムシステムを起動できません
Uki1995 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018
Yes, I ve tried it myself and completely broke the system :)
And what is more interesting, I have done it correctly, but windows recognizes
modified files as corrupt files and it simply wont boot.
MOMEISX Featured By Owner 4 days ago
:D (Big Grin)*:D (Big Grin)*:D (Big Grin)*:D (Big Grin)*:D (Big Grin)
Uki1995 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018
Best theme!
CorbsEditor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
I like how it adds animations to Windows.
CHINA168 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I have a problem. 
So far, I've installed UXstyle.
I did what I can. 
I activated just didnt change XD
Err by CHINA168
Scope10 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Are you running Windows 8 or Windows 10?

Try switching back to the default windows theme (aero), reboot your pc and then apply the theme again.
CHINA168 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Okay, so i did what you said...It didn't work XD. 
Darn, too bad I cant use this theme, Its very minimal and unique. 
"When ya cant get what ya want, even though its simple."
Oh well, I'll find some other way I guess. But yet again thank you for the help, We'll be looking forward to your creations :)
Scope10 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Maybe the following patcher will work better:….

Before you install it, switch back to the default Windows theme (aero), uninstall UxStyle and reboot your PC.
CHINA168 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I'm running windows 8
Alright, imma give it a try. 
acdcman200 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017

This is a long shot since this has not been updated in ages.

I was wondering if you could implement the task manager colors from your windows 10 version of this skin into this one? (Could i just copy files out of the windows 10 version?) 

Also i found 2 bugs

When right clicking things like file explorer the menu is purple at one part

How do I fix the yellow bit where the title is?

Otherwise fantastic work!

Scope10 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes, I could change the task manager colors in an update. They do look pretty bad in Penumbra 8.

The right click bug you're referring to sounds strange. Could you take a screenshot of it? I might need to install a Windows 8 virtual machine to fix it (I only have Windows 10 machines). 

The yellow bit from the title sound like a theme colorization problem. Again, could you clarify the problem with a screenshot? I will see if I can find a solution or fix.

I hope they are not problems that occurred because of a Windows update because that could complicate things.
CirnoTheFrosty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Any chance of a Win10 port?
Scope10 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Penumbra 10 is pretty much done already. I just need to change this one black text, but I can't find where the location of the property is.

I will release it in the coming days even if I don't find it, since everything else already looks how I want it to.
SlaauSystems Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Great news!
Your theme is the best dark, almost from the beginning was on it in Win8.1
blackitten1011 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This theme is simplistically beautiful!
I absolutely adore it. ^^
incaged Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
I love this theme! But there is a black screen with the mouse and there is no login screen when i reboot or shutdown, after that i have to go to system recovery and restore from a restore point :( Please help me if you can i would really appreciate it! :)
Scope10 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That has to do with the way UxStyle and other alternatives patch your system in order for you to use third party visual styles like Penumbra 8.

If you look at the FAQ of one of the UxStyle patchers (for example, see… ), it will explain the problem. You basically have to temporarily switch back to the default visual style before you uninstall a program and restart your PC. Once properly booted, you can switch back to Penumbra 8 or any other visual style.
incaged Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
So i have to switch back to a standard windows theme before shutting my PC down?
Scope10 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No, only when you have uninstalled a program from your PC. If you didn't uninstall anything since your last boot, you don't have to switch back.
Taikki Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm loving your design... So will there be an update for Windows 10?
Scope10 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I will try to make a visual style for Windows 10. It won't be an update though, it will probably be a separate thing.
pitachips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
Please do! This is my favorite w8 visual style and imo one of the best out there. I would love to be able to use this theme again in w10. 
xXGamerMCXx Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Please help! Inside of the folder border it isn't dark gray. I installed UxStyle 
Scope10 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can you show a picture of the problem? I'm not sure if I know what you're talking about.

Here are some general fixes that might help:
- Be sure to use Penumbra 8, and not Penumbra 8W since that one can contain white areas.
- Also be sure you set the slider for color intensity in the theme color window all the way to the left (See description).
- Sometimes the visual style won't be applied correctly. In that case you want to switch back to the default visual style that came with windows, restart, and reapply the penumbra 8 visual style.
xXGamerMCXx Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
I reinstalled it and it's working now, but anyways thank you for replying! :D
HakeemAzma1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
hi does this affect Microsoft Office? because most black themes I've stumbled upon always changes my microsoft words background into black and I cant see what im typing
Scope10 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The normal Penumbra 8 theme does affect Microsoft Office. However, you can use Penumbra 8W (included in the download) if you don't want it to affect Microsoft Office, but it won't make everything dark like the normal one (8) does.
Manga737 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Hey, I love this theme, it's absolutely gorgeous.  I was wondering what you use to build windows 8 or 8.1 visual styles, I've been looking around, but I haven't found anything...
Thanks, I really appreciate it~
Scope10 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You need a program called Windows Style Builder. The latest versions of said program support Windows 8(.1).
Manga737 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Thank You so much, if it's not too much trouble, would you mind providing a link? after a bit of searching I came up with a number of programs of a similar name, and none of them seemed to be the clear choice,… seemed like the best but it's payed, so I figured I should ask.  Thank you very much, I truly appreciate it.
Scope10 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yea, that's the one.
Manga737 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Awesome, thank you very much, your help is greatly appreciated. Keep making awesome stuff, I really love your work!
jesusmushroom Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
bro the theme is f*ckin insanely cool, i just want to know if anyone else is experiencing this visual glitch/error.
If you could get that fixed and make a matching windows media player skin, that would be incredible.
Thanks bro
Scope10 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I haven't seen that glitch before. You might need to switch back to the default windows theme, restart your computer and reapply the theme.

I personally don't use Windows Media Player, so the chance of me making a skin for it is really small. I did however, make a skin for AIMP that fits in with Penumbra 8, so you might want to give that a shot.
s358844 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Thanks so much for this!  Love the theme and the attention to detail!  I was wondering how if you know how I would get this theme to work with Aero-Glass:  I think because the opacity in the theme is set to 100 the aero-glass blur is not visible / active.  Thanks so much for your help!
Scope10 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm sorry, but I have no experience with that program, so I wouldn't know.
s358844 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Ok thanks for your help!  Awesome work with the theme! =)
lergg Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Will this theme work on windows 7?
Scope10 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No, it only works on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
AmenXX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
This skin is great, but sadly I'm having an issue where tabs on the taskbar do not flash. Is there any way to fix this?
Scope10 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm not having any problems with this. Flashes, as well as progress bars, work on my taskbar. I don't know the last time you downloaded the visual style, but you might want to update it by downloading the latest files.
AmenXX Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Really? That's odd.. I just downloaded it a couple days ago after a format.
Screenshot of my taskbar.
Both the xfire chat window and steam should be flashing because I received messages, but they're just the solid color.   I've tried reinstalling UXstyle and so on, but that's had no effect either.
Scope10 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Maybe you need to change some xfire and/or steam setting to enable the taskbar flashing. Use the default windows theme and see if it works with that before trying Penumbra.

It does work on my end:

Maybe you need to move the color slider of the theme all the way to the left, if you haven't already. That's how I have mine set.
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