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Hi everyone,

Just thought I share a little trick I came across on Windows 8 and Windows 10 when it comes to the Start Screen/Menu. Many people are probably aware that you can apply custom tiles to the Start Screen via tools such as OblyTile or Pin More. However, the problem with this is that it leaves some inconsistency between the start screen icon and the desktop icon of the app. At the same time, modifying your system is something that some people don't want to do. So here's a simple trick for making metro/modern style tiles without any system modification or the need to install an app. Here's is the result of this:

How is this possible? All it takes is a white 48x48 ico with a color outlining it:

Windows will automatically take the outline color and apply it to the tile. The downside to this is that there is only a handful of colors you can choose from and for some it may be harder to apply than OblyTile.

If people are interested, I am thinking about making an icon set specifically for the Windows 8/10 start screen based on this style.


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Base for Windows 8.1 by link6155
Base for Windows 8.1

Do not mirror, modify, or redistribute without my consent. Sharing is OK, but you must link directly back to this page.

Always create a system restore before attempting to modify your system with any themes or tool!!! I am not responsible for anything that happens to your computer!

Thanks everyone for the 900+ favs!

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Theme requires ribbon disabler!:…
I recommend using this icon pack:
If the windows' borders are too thick for you, try this:…
Wallpaper used in preview can be found here:…

To make 3rd party themes work, you must patch your system:…

All feedback is appreciated and welcomed, but be sure to read the FAQs before asking!

I would like to thank :iconkestik: for creating the original concept! :)


Q: What is Base?
A: Base is a theme made for Windows 8.1

Q: How do I apply the StartIsBack Skin?
A: within the 'base' folder, take 'base.msstyle' and put it into the StartIsBack skins folder 

Q: Hey! This theme has weird jump list problems and titlebar color! I'm using Windows 8.1
A: This theme does not work with windows 8.1 yet. I'm currently waiting for a way to solve the titlebar issue.

Q: Help! The theme isn't applying and I am getting a grey basic theme!
A: Make sure to patch/override your uxtheme.dll file using UXStyle or UXtheme Ultra patcher.

Q: Will there be a windows 7 version?
A: Probably not, since I no longer have Windows 7 on any PC

Q: Will there be other colors?
A: Probably yes. There is a white alternate version here:

Q: The up arrow icon is so ugly, why don't you change it?
A: I can't, you would need to modify your system to do this

Q: How can I get the Start Menu like the one you have in the preview?
A: You need StartIsBack, which you can get here (start 8 can also apply the skin, but it won't look right):

Q:Hey, explorer's title text is black, how can I fix this?
A:You need ribbon disabler (see "Info")


-Improved high DPI scaling

-Inactive windows are no longer gray
-Minor changes

-Now Supports Windows 8.1 Update 1!
-Blank font no longer required!

-Added Windows 8.1 compatibility

-Better rounded corners on windows

-Final version released
-Fixed selection color behavior
-Change progressbar
-Small finishing touches

-Added high DPI support (up to %150 only for now)
-Changed addressbar style
-More rounded windows
-Few bugs fixes

Silk UI: Equalizer by link6155
Silk UI: Equalizer
One thing I want to see in Windows 10 is an equalizer. While not everyone will use such a feature, it's nice for those who want the most out of their music.

Want to see this in Windows 10? Vote for it here:…

Concept is best viewed on a HD/Retina display.
Silk UI: Explorer by link6155
Silk UI: Explorer
Part of a series of concept I'm working on.

Silk UI aims to create a user interface that takes the best both desktop and tablet interface to create something that can be used across all devices.

Want to see this in Windows 10? Vote for it here:…

Concept is best viewed on a HD/Retina display.
Surface Lumia Concept by link6155
Surface Lumia Concept
I was playing around with the 3D features of Photoshop for the first time and then I decided to make a quick concept of what a Surface Phone could look like. It's a really bare render, but it turned out better than I expected for my first time try :P

Microsoft should make a phone that has the ability to plug into an external display and become a desktop replacement, I would buy that in an instant.


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PeterRollar Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:party:Happy birthday:party:

Have a great one:)
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, happy birthday :D
NadirP Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the Favs!
SimplexDesignsART Featured By Owner Edited Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Man these new animations in the recent update seem very bad XD  Stardock's versions of  them feel smoother/more polished than whats current. No more Areo minimize/restore style animation.
link6155 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I do expect them to smooth out by the RTM build, after all, it is only the second public release.
eeliebe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014   Filmographer
SimplexDesignsART Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
btw. There is a windows 10 section now :D…
link6155 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the notice!
Gemneroth Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Interface Designer
thanks for the fave
chezburgur Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the Favs ;D
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