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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
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!
bigdollaz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
No help, I take it?
BiancoRossi Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
I noticed this too, yesterday. It doesn't bother me but yes, those colors should be inversed...
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
link6155 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You should use this instead of uxstyle:…
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 :)
link6155 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Just a heads up, uxstyle has been known to give you the black screen of death with no way to recovery. Ultrauxthemepatcher has a safe switch feature, which will switch back to the default theme if anything goes wrong.
imaginativeasianguy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay. Should I uninstall uxStyle before installing Ultrauxthemepatcher, or is that not necessary? If I do have to uninstall uxStyle, do I need to switch to my default theme first?
link6155 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You would need to switch back to the default theme, uninstall uxstyle, and then install ultrauxthemepatcher. 
imaginativeasianguy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just switched to Ultrauxthemepatcher right now with no problems. So it's guaranteed to return me to the default Windows 8.1 Theme in the event that I forget to switch back to it?
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