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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: The inactive tabs' texts in firefox are unreadable, how do you fix this?
A: Install this userstyle in firefox:…

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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PinkieWhy Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
thanks for such an awesome VS!

i love the way it looks

one question though, anyway to disable windows from "greying out" when they are unselected? ex: <---left side of pic

ferretallica Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Does it really need 30Mb of wallpapers?
(hint: no it doesn't)
link6155 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you need to use this theme?
(hint: no you don't)

It's my theme, so I decide what it includes and what it doesn't include.
Ryu-Beats Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
One of the best if not best windows 8 theme, Can you make a solid dark black version this light grey lets the whole thing down
link6155 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I don't have any plans on making a darker version.
VFXPrim Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Thank's. Theme is super! Can i change background windows frames to more dark?
AndromedaPcArt Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
will this work with your online windows 8
link6155 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
no, online windows 8 is only a simulator of windows 8, it's not actually windows 8 being emulated online.
rcastill Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
I think there's a new bug... recently Windows 8.1 updated its UI (I say it because, apps in metro-mode now have an X and _ button if you set your mouse pos at the top edge, also task bar appears when you set it at bottom edge) and when I right-click any tile, the option menu is not triggered, I tested it in other PC and it worked, so I thought it was your theme... do you know something about this? 
link6155 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This has been fixed for a long time now
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