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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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CH2Gamer Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artist
Wait a second... How in the world did you get 39203532 GB of storage?!
majkiboy86 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Is the Startisback supposed to look like this?
link6155 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  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.
majkiboy86 Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
Nevermind, found it =)
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Smooth and dark! Well done!
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…
installed on windows 8.1, with 8.1 theme file.
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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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.
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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