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Hello everyone,

I usually don't use dA journal to write about anything other than update on what I'm working on, but I have some important issues to address. As the Windows theming committee grows, it has been becoming harder and harder to control thief. As a result, I find myself constantly battling against thieves who shamefully steals my skin. What's even worse is that people are monetizing them for money through ad links or putting in dangerous adware through installation packs (aka skinpacks). Here is my theme, Acid, being used without my consent: techdhruv.com/fusion-skin-pack…. It was posted by the deviant thedhruv. Like most skinpacks, the installer for this has adware and toolbars that the average user would not know how to avoid. The average skinpack from this person doesn't even give proper credit to where he has gotten the theme from. Usually, he would just put down "Thanks *username*", which is very deceiving and does not imply that the person being thank is the creator of the theme. It's an absolutely disgusting way for people to make money through deception and exploiting the ignorance of people. 

Another problem with skinpacks is that they are often very poorly put together. An average skinpack is made by taking someone's theme, a random rocketdock skin that doesn't even match with it, and some random icons. This takes away the beauty that the theme's author was trying to present and makes your desktop look bad.

So what I am asking from you guys is to spread the word about skinpacks so that less people would fall less for these imposters and give hard working themers the attention they deserve.

Update: I thought I share with you guys the conversation I had with thedruv:

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Got good news and bad news regarding the latest version of Windows. The good news is, themes from the first public build (9841) will still work on build 9860! The bad news is, ribbon disabler and ONE will not work on the latest build. I'm currently looking for a way to disable the ribbon so that I can continue to theme.
Licorice for Windows 10 Technical Preview by link6155
Licorice for Windows 10 Technical Preview

Recommended Icons: fav.me/d6tbjnc
You can get the matching dock here: fav.me/d7dyhya
You can get the rainmeter skin here: fav.me/d6uhbqg

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! See FAQs if you're updating this theme from an older version.

Please read the FAQs before commenting!

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


FAQs:

Q: What is Licorice?
A: Licorice is a theme for Windows 10 Technical Preview

Q: Theme doesn't look like the screenshot!
A: Make sure you patched your system and you have shadows enable (this is required). If you're using UXStyle, try restarting the service.

Q: How do you remove the ribbon?
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: 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. Please do not ask as I already addressed this.

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.


Changelog:

  • 10/18/2014
    • Initial Release
  • 10/19/2014
    • Added support for no drop shadow
    • Fixed disabled caption buttons
  • 10/20/2014
    • Added new scrollbar
    • Minor bug fixes
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Vanilla for Windows 10 Technical Preview by link6155
Vanilla for Windows 10 Technical Preview

Recommended Icons: fav.me/d6tbjnc
You can get the matching dock here: fav.me/d6tjlw5
You can get the rainmeter skin here: fav.me/d6uhbqg

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! See FAQs if you're updating this theme from an older version.

Please read the FAQs before commenting!

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


FAQs:

Q: What is Vanilla?
A: Vanilla is a theme for Windows 10 Technical Preview

Q: Theme doesn't look like the screenshot!
A: Make sure you patched your system and you have shadows enable (this is required). If you're using UXStyle, try restarting the service.

Q: How do you remove the ribbon?
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: 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. Please do not ask as I already addressed this.

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.


Changelog:

  • 10/10/2014
    • Initial Release
  • 10/11/2014
    • Theme is now based on native Windows 10 vs
  • 10/18/2014
    • Improved caption buttons
    • "Borderless" now, no more frames on the side of windows
    • Improve breadcrumbs
    • Minor fixes
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You guys should support the development of BorderSkin for Windows 8 and up! fav.me/d82vr63

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:iconnadir1:
Nadir1 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for the Favs!
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xXiNightXx 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.
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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.
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eeliebe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  New member  Filmographer
;-;
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xXiNightXx Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
btw. There is a windows 10 section now :D  www.deviantart.com/browse/all/…
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link6155 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the notice!
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Gemneroth Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Interface Designer
thanks for the fave
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chezburgur Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the Favs ;D
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xXiNightXx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey link, helped you out getting more views :D
www.msfn.org/board/topic/17286…
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link6155 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks!
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