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February 23
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Licorice by link6155 Licorice by link6155

Here's the dark variant of my theme, Vanilla

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!


Q: What is Licorice? Is this candy?
A: Licorice is a Windows 8.1 theme, please don't try to eat this.

Q: How can I download this?
A: Press the download button on the right side of the page

Q: How can I install this theme?
A: Take the content of the zip folder you downloaded and place it in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. Make sure you patch your computer using UXThemePatcher or UXStyle.

Q: How do I update the theme?
A: First, make a restore point to make sure you can always go back if anything goes wrong. Afterwards, change your theme to another theme such as the default aero theme. Log off and on, then insert the new theme files in the appropriate location (see above). Apply the theme and you're good to go!

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: Possibly, but I currently don't have Windows 7

Q: Will there be other colors?
A: This is the dark variant of Vanilla, other colors probably won't be available as of this time.

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 do I update the theme?
A: You need to select another theme (such as the default windows theme), restart your computer (just in case), then replace the old Licorice theme files with the new ones.


  • 2/23/2014: Initial Release
  • 2/24/2014: Minor changes to taskbar
  • 2/25/2014: Improved taskbar progress bar and notification visibility, added ribbon support (ribbon will still be regular color)
  • 2/26/2014: Theme back online, no changes from previous version.
  • 4/10/2014: Added Windows 8.1 Update 1 support.
  • 4/13/2014: Fixed context menu hover color in Start Screen.
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Squeemishness 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For anyone having issues installing this or other themes, I found the source of the problem for me, so I might as well share the solution in case it works for anyone else. 

When you download the .zip file, find it and right-click, click 'Properties'. Under the 'General' tab, if you see a button that says 'Unblock' at the bottom (below a button which says 'Advanced'), click it, and click OK. If you do not see the unblock button then the file is not blocked. It's important to unblock the file BEFORE unzipping it, or else you will have to go through the unzipped folder and manually unblock all the files within it. 
InvisibleElvis 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would there be a chance of you making a non glossy version?
link6155 2 days ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
What do you mean by non glossy? The theme is flat and matte, the only thing that would be glossy would be the progress bars.
InvisibleElvis 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfacepalmplz: My perception is very different at 4am. That's basically all I meant.
link6155 1 day ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I still don't quite understand. You have to be extremely out of it to say this is glossy.
InvisibleElvis 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was
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Please make start menu in style for the program StartIsBack.
AndreTM 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
P E R F E C T! ;)
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