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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!

Info:

Theme requires ribbon disabler!: winaero.com/comment.php?commen…
I recommend using this icon pack: fav.me/d5wxiy6
If the windows' borders are too thick for you, try this: winaero.com/comment.php?commen…
Wallpaper used in preview can be found here: www.solefield.com/2012/03/01/q…

To make 3rd party themes work, you must patch your system: www.syssel.net/hoefs/software_…

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! :)

FAQs:

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: fav.me/d64h5fl

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): startisback.com

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


Changelog:

6/29/2014:
-Inactive windows are no longer gray
-Minor changes

5/8/2014
-Now Supports Windows 8.1 Update 1!
-Blank font no longer required!

12/29/2013
-Added Windows 8.1 compatibility

3/13/2013
-Better rounded corners on windows

3/12/2013
-Final version released
-Fixed selection color behavior
-Change progressbar
-Small finishing touches

3/10/2013:
-Added high DPI support (up to %150 only for now)
-Changed addressbar style
-More rounded windows
-Few bugs fixes

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:iconmistahgrizzly:
MistahGrizzly Featured By Owner 6 days ago
how to enable my start menu im with windows 10 technical preview
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This theme was designed for windows 8.1 and 8, you should not use this with Windows 10.
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:iconloltrull:
loltrull Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
start menu needs fixing, text is black 
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:iconcharrismedia:
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
i.imgur.com/8ktRTgk.png
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:iconvelgath:
Velgath Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago  New member
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.
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:iconumashi:
umashi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
base for windows 7 
already been done


neiio.deviantart.com/art/Base-…
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:iconlink6155:
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: kestik.deviantart.com/art/Basi…
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:iconumashi:
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?
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have no interest in making Windows 7 themes at the moment.
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:iconcharrismedia:
CHarrisMedia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a fix to my problem listed above?
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:iconumashi:
umashi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
you don't need a serial as long as you're running it for a short period.
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:iconfalanga:
falanga Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Beautiful :clap:




:+fav:
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:iconwhatisiwant:
whatisiwant Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  New member
very nice,so i use it now
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:iconchristianadhika:
christianadhika Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  New member
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?
thankyou
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:iconferdin08:
ferdin08 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Awesome thank you brother..
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:iconmuudzis123:
muudzis123 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  New member
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. imgur.com/7HF3v0r"

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?
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:iconpendo324:
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! i.imgur.com/nLKjEbj.png
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:iconlink6155:
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)?
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:iconpendo324:
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 :)
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:iconlink6155:
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.
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:iconxsa13x:
XSA13X Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
i selected base 8.1 and this still happens
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:iconmemoire28:
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
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:iconmcagatayg:
mcagatayg Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
same problem for me. text is gone dunno what to do
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:iconmrmadmadman:
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. imgur.com/7HF3v0r
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:iconscvairy:
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.

cs620717.vk.me/v620717732/5e8d…
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:iconlink6155:
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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:iconbioxx1337:
BioxX1337 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
I need your Orb, please. :)
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:iconch2gamer:
CH2Gamer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wait a second... How in the world did you get 39203532 GB of storage?!
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:iconmajkiboy86:
majkiboy86 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Is the Startisback supposed to look like this? i.imgur.com/XNqEq4L.jpg
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You need to copy the regular base visual style (not the 8.1) into the startisback skins folder and use the startisback settings to apply it.
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:iconmajkiboy86:
majkiboy86 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 28, 2014
Nevermind, found it =)
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:iconxhinne:
xHinne Featured By Owner Edited Sep 23, 2014
how you fix the problem with startisback? can you tell? ^_^

Edit : 

Nevermind. I found it too XD
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Smooth and dark! Well done!
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:iconth-x:
th-x Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014   Filmographer
great work, my favorite theme for win8. however, one small problem, inactive window color folder name text seems to be fudged up. take a look here www.dropbox.com/s/oog3dy91govd…
installed on windows 8.1, with 8.1 theme file.
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
it looks like you changed the color of Windows. Try applying the default theme, and then base 8.1 again.
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:iconb3l13v3r:
b3l13v3r Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
First time I ever had a theme crash my PC.  Screen went to black upon loading the theme (after using many other of your themes just fine), now it just boots to a black screen.  Frustrating...

Booted to a command prompt and deleted the theme but now it still won't boot into the logon screen.
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
A good tip when modifying system files is to make a system restore before you do anything. What theme patcher are you using (e.g. UXStyle, UltraUXThemePatcher, etc)?
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:iconb3l13v3r:
b3l13v3r Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I use Ultra...  I had to re-install sadly.  But these are the risks I guess.   I was just surprised because your themes are pretty solid.  Thanks for getting back.
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:iconbigdollaz:
bigdollaz Featured By Owner Edited Aug 6, 2014
Amazing visual style, and I've been using it since it was first released! So thank you for this theme~

Only small problem I've noticed, which has been becoming more and more annoying is the selection colour. Hovering over an item either on the desktop or inside an explorer window shows a box around the file or folder that appears light, which is nice. Selecting it by left-clicking isn't really much of a change, and deselecting makes it go dark. I believe these colours are meant to be reversed? Not sure, but it doesn't seem right in my opinion.

I noticed in the changelog it mentions this issue has been fixed (3/12/2013, perhaps it's referring to something else?), but I've updated this theme with every update and it doesn't fix the issue.

Any help regarding this would be highly appreciated, and your work is fantastic!
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:iconbigdollaz:
bigdollaz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
No help, I take it?
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:iconbiancorossi:
BiancoRossi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2014
I noticed this too, yesterday. It doesn't bother me but yes, those colors should be inversed...
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:iconimaginativeasianguy:
imaginativeasianguy Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If anyone can lend me some assistance, I would like some help on reinstalling Base.

I had installed the theme Dark Leopard for my Windows 8.1 laptop to see how it worked. I didn't get any results--as in, the theme did not show up at all, I think my computer reverted back to the standard Windows 8.1 theme--so I switched back to Base.

However, Base did not show up; I am stuck with the vanilla 8.1 theme. I've replaced the Base files with the updated versions released on June 29. I've checked Ribbon Disabler x86 and x64 and have them both set to Disabled, and I can't do anything about the uxStyle files, but it's telling me that the only option I have is to uninstall uxStyle, which leads me to believe that I already have it installed.

I'm at a loss at what to do now. I could run a system restore (unfortunately I hadn't backed up recently, but that's what I get for not backing up before I installed Dark Leopard), but is there any less drastic way to get Base back? Should I uninstall uxStyle and try installing UxTheme instead?

Thanks in advance :D
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You should use this instead of uxstyle: www.syssel.net/hoefs/software_…
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:iconimaginativeasianguy:
imaginativeasianguy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just to let you know; I simply selected Base again a few minutes ago and it works, even though I had not installed UxTheme. Thanks for your advice anyways :)
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