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March 8, 2013
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Base for Windows 8.1 by link6155 Base for Windows 8.1 by link6155

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 700+ favs!


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

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")


-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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Given 2013-03-10
shepher Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
It seems that the blank effect of titlebar is only applicable to Latin-based words, CJK characters remain in white.
link6155 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Blank font isn't needed in the theme currently. 
Gurqn Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
Please introduce also full dark version :)
link6155 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is as dark as it gets, I don't plan on making variations of this. 
rcastill Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
I don't know if is your theme the one causing it, but I cannot see any text in my dropbox client preference panel... it is like the font and background color were the same... I hope someone in here to confirm this situation if possible.

Thanks in advance.
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
awesome details! well done!
devilex94 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 6, 2014
I just got 1 problem with the theme please help link
I like your theme a lot. just one thing keeping me away from making it default 
The file and folder selection background.
I compared Base with Aero 8 theme

Gallery for comparision pics (mainly look at the Games folder in 2nd pic. it's selected but looks like focused only)

The focusing and selection are confusing in Base. while multi selecting the background of file or folder are buggy and the file selected looks like unselected just focused but in reality it's selected . So please help me in this thing
bpear Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  New member
Really love this theme! I have startisback and I might be crazy but I cant find your start orb anywhere.
igrilkul Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Any chance for you to make the inside of the windows explorer dark as well?
mushyh96 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
the bottom most middle screenshot with the button option, what software is that ?
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