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Base for Windows 8.1 by link6155 Base for Windows 8.1 by link6155

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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!

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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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abdulmubarakz Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student Photographer
Thanks mate! Liked!
AmenXX Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
I really like the look of this skin, but I've run into a problem sadly.

When right clicking tabs, I get this.  Screenshot

I'm not sure if it's because I've used other themes before?  I've reinstalled uxtheme and that hasn't helped. If I switch back to a default windows theme, then right clicking tabs  looks fine.. Really not sure what's wrong.
skittensro Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
After using this. All my windows and applications are like 1% transparent. If I leave a white windows explorer open behind a fullscreen movie, I can see it when the scene goes dark. Why is this and how can I fix this?'

Thanks, awesome work btw.
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
A theme shouldn't make your windows transparent, it sounds like an application is causing this issue. Are you by any chance using WinaeroGlass?
cbsso Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
I like it so much, thank you
iExpressLad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
I have Windows 8.1, I dont see any difference other then the color. This is a nice theme best one I have seen so far and I would really like to use it :D Thanks
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You'll need to patch your system before applying a theme. I recommend using this:…

If you have already patched your system, make sure the theme is located under C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
iExpressLad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Just re-patched my system, I rebooted uninstalled anti virus and I still cannot getting it working, I tried :( nice them I wish I could use it.
iExpressLad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Thanks for the reply, I have patched my themes and then I tried and nothing happened, I then tried patching again with another patcher and it said already patched, I tried extracting deleting re-installing to that section and everything but no luck for some reason, I am not sure what the issue is is there a way you can help me out? Like watch me do it or you can just ask me questions about the theme, and yes I installed it to  C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
subi54 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Photographer
Can you please link just the theme? I downloaded the whole package the last time. Internet here isn't that good.
Thanks for sharing.
fostot Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Hey there there's this odd little bubble that runs along the top and bottom of the border that isn't the full length of the title bar / bottom border but it's rather annoying. Any ideas?
link6155 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Could you post a screenshot of your issue so I can figure out what's wrong?
Pathduck Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
After checking out a lot of themes this is the one I selected, it's simple enough, dark and I like the buttons. Good work!

Couple of questions;
- Is it possible to have back the default blue file selection color in Windows Explorer? Now it's a grey color.

- In Firefox 35 this also changes the ctrl+tab menu to have a strange 'glow' on the text - can this be removed?

- Would be good if it included the folder band removal outlined here:…
(I did this myself)
link6155 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's not possible to have the blue selection color unless I make another variation.  The glow you see in Firefox has always been there, you just couldn't see it as well on other themes, perhaps someone has make a userstyle script that could remove it.
BLUenginnerFTW Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Does it now work for Windows 8.1? Is it also compatible with Windows 10 technical preview and Windows Server 2012?
BLUenginnerFTW Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
PS: Instead of Startisback, can I use classic shell instead?
MistahGrizzly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
how to enable my start menu im with windows 10 technical preview
link6155 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This theme was designed for windows 8.1 and 8, you should not use this with Windows 10.
loltrull Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
start menu needs fixing, text is black 
CHarrisMedia Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've ran into a slight problem, when I right click applications in the navigation bar, this happens
Velgath Featured By Owner Edited Jan 22, 2015
Can confirm this problem on the navigation menu. I am using Windows 8.1 Update 1, and using the Base for 8.1 theme in the Personalization settings.

For other people complaining about the start menu, it works fine. You have to place the base.msstyles from the packaged files to the StartIsBack Styles folder, and select the option in the StartIsBack settings.
umashi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
base for windows 7 
already been done…
link6155 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's a completely different theme. Base for Windows 8 is based on this mockup:…
umashi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
if you don't have windows 7 on your pc,why don't you just get a copy and run it through a virtual machine?
link6155 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have no interest in making Windows 7 themes at the moment.
CHarrisMedia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a fix to my problem listed above?
umashi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
you don't need a serial as long as you're running it for a short period.
falanga Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Beautiful :clap:

whatisiwant Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
very nice,so i use it now
christianadhika Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Whenever I apply the theme selected objects like folders or files look completely transparent making them very hard to see if they are selected or not

Can you fix this? or can i change it myself from regedit?
ferdin08 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Awesome thank you brother..
muudzis123 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Loving the theme so far. Only I couldn't find the start orb image file. Could you share it, please? Also I'm experiencing the same bug as pendo324. Funny but it disappears if I select the Base theme and not Base 8.1.
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somebodysAccount Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
MrMadMadMan commented on Sep 10th:
"I have a problem. Whenever I apply the theme selected objects like folders or files look completely transparent making them very hard to see if they are selected or not."

I'm having the same problem. Background colors of selected and unselected files is really goofy. It's so goofy that I can't actually use the theme because I can never tell what I have selected. Do you have a fix for the issue?
pendo324 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Hey man, great theme. Any idea why this is happening or how to fix it? It's like this in every application. Thanks!
link6155 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
What version of Windows 8 are you using (e.g. win8, win8.1, win8.1 update 1)?
pendo324 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2014
I'm on Windows 8.1. Should I update to 8.1 update 1? Also, thanks for the quick reply :)
link6155 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I would recommend updating, but I don't think that's the cause of the problem. Sounds like you're using the wrong theme. Make sure you Select "Base 8.1" and not "Base" when applying the theme.
XSA13X Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
i selected base 8.1 and this still happens
memoire28 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
How do you return the title of the text bar? Mine doesn't show anything at all even with other themes :O
mcagatayg Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
same problem for me. text is gone dunno what to do
MrMadMadMan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
I have a problem. Whenever I apply the theme selected objects like folders or files look completely transparent making them very hard to see if they are selected or not.
Scvairy Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2014
Why don't you make inactive windows like 8.0 theme in 8.1? Textbox color can be changed by theme, if that is why you didn't do it already. I really like Base theme, but use Acid because of gray inactive windows.…
link6155 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It looks like you're using an older version because the latest version does not have that grey inactive window.
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