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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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An upcoming set of material icons inspired by Michael Cook's icons. This icon set will have material design versions of Windows files and applications.
Ceti 8.1 by link6155
Ceti 8.1

This is Ceti for Windows 8.1, a port of the popular GTK theme:…

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Don't have money to donate? Download from this link to show support (download directly from dA to avoid ads):

Credits goes to :iconhorst3180: for making the original theme and for letting me port it :)

Sharing is OK, but please give credit where it is needed and link back to this page. Redistribution of the theme is prohibited without consent. See FAQs if you're updating this theme from an older version.

Matching skin for QTTabBar can be found here:
Matching iTunes skin can be found here:


Q: What is Ceti?
A: Ceti is a port of a GTK theme to Windows 8.1

Q: Theme doesn't look like the screenshot!
A: Make sure you patched your system and you have shadows enable (this is required).

Q: There's a white bar in explorer, how do you get rid of it?
A: You need to use ONE or Ribbon Disabler to get rid of the whitebar.

Q: How can I download this?
A: Press the download button on the right side of the page.

Q: How can I install this theme?
A: Take the content of the zip folder you downloaded and place it in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. Make sure you patch your computer using UXThemePatcher or UXStyle.

Q: The inactive tabs' texts in firefox are unreadable, how do you fix this?
A: Install this userstyle in firefox:…

Q: How do I update the theme?
A: First, make a restore point to make sure you can always go back if anything goes wrong. Afterwards, change your theme to another theme such as the default aero theme. Log off and on, then insert the new theme files in the appropriate location (see above). Apply the theme and you're good to go!

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: Possibly, but I currently don't have Windows 7. 

Q: Internet Explorer looks odd, how do I fix this?
A: There is not fix for this currently. I suggest using another browser until someone has a solution.

Q: May I use this theme in my transformation/customization pack? May I make a mirror/redistribute it? Could I modify it for public use?
A: Absolutely no, unless you have permission from me.


  • 8/27/2014:
    • Initial Release.
  • 8/30/2014
    • Improved Taskbar
    • Improved Navigation Buttons
    • Added NoCommandBar files in zip
  • 7/2/2014
    • Fixed breadcrumb bugs
  • 3/6/2015
    • Support up to 150% high dpi scaling
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 1000+ 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



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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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