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Say hello to Silk, a Metro inspired dark theme.

Windows 10 Tech Preview version available here:

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! See FAQs if you're updating this theme from an older version.

Please read the FAQs before commenting!

Do not mirror, modify, or redistribute without my consent. Sharing is OK, but you must link directly back to this page.


Q: What is Silk?
A: Silk is a theme for Windows 8.1+

Q: Theme doesn't look like the screenshot!
A: Make sure you patched your system and you have shadows enable (this is required).

Q: There's a white bar in explorer, how do you get rid of it?
A: You need to use ONE or Ribbon Disabler to get rid of the whitebar.

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

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. Please do not ask as I already addressed this.

Q: Internet Explorer looks odd, how do I fix this?
A: There is not fix for this currently. I suggest using another browser until someone has a solution.

Q: May I use this theme in my transformation/customization pack? May I make a mirror/redistribute it? Could I modify it for public use?
A: Absolutely no, unless you have permission from me.


  • 6/20/2014:
    • Initial Release.
  • 6/21/2014:
    • Shadow fixed and improved
    • Search Box fixed.
    • Minor Changes
  • 6/22/2014:
    • More colors! :)
  • 6/27/2014:
    • Gold (yellow) accent added.
    • 6/27/2014 #2: Improved inactive Windows (no longer grey), added in color preview in personalization settings.
  • 6/28/2014:
    • Improve tree list arrows
    • A few changes under the hood.
  • 7/4/2014
    • Fixed grey theme not working for some users
    • A few graphical changes.
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RyeZeus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
How do I install this??
deepuu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
wow.. this iz best theme i ever had.... how do i make my own theme ?
MrAXxXReY Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Please fix the tooltip text color!
noahy2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
I like this! And I have no problems with it!:)
starise Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Any way to change text color for description when checking file information? 
Seems just a little too dark to me.
The-Choo-Choo-Shoe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
I asked about it 6ish months ago about it on Twitter. Said it was an easy fix but he haven't found the time to fix it.
bill081001 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
The theme worked perfectly, just one small issue. There's a white bar at the bottem of Explorer displaying total items and selected item count and size, which is kind of weird. Anyway to remove this?
link6155 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Use OldNewExplorer and then uncheck "Show Status Bar".
The-Choo-Choo-Shoe Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Anyone know how to completely disable the popup tooltip/infotips until they get fixed?

I've looked myself but I've found no way to remove them completely.
skiOurosblOOm Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Hello mate.
Can you tell me what i should do to hide the adressbar?I am talking about the bar that has the organise,change view and show preview panel and stuff.I am not sure its called adressbar.
I tried to change your shellstyle withe another from another vs but it also changed the items view text colour to black..
starise Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Same to me. That's one of the best theme around here, but this that is pretty annoying.
skiOurosblOOm Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Try the shellstyle in the link he gave to me in the comments mate.
link6155 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Try this shellstyle:
skiOurosblOOm Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
It works like a charm!Many many thanks! :D
icedog777 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Beautiful theme.

The information balloon\Popup got very dark font. Is how to solve this or was it just…
The-Choo-Choo-Shoe Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
I'd love for this to be fixed as well. Had to disable the theme for now even though I love the rest of it.
Nilex92 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
I agree, it is pretty dark. Would be awesome if this would get fixed! :) I've tried a lot of themes but this is totally the best I've experienced!
Piodrawer02 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This theme works with windows 8? because i dont like w8.1
link6155 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No it doesn't work with Windows 8, only Windows 8.1
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kece12 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Do you have a plan to make the black accent version? It would be great.
thatguyandrew1992 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
How can I get the same arrow icons?
link6155 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The theme should have changed your navigation buttons. A screenshot would be helpful.
sgalbincea Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Same issue here - arrow icons are not correct.

link6155 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The theme doesn't support max DPI for now
Lorenzo196 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful theme, nice work!
I really like the blue versione, thanks a lot :D
RainbowSwag Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Awesome theme, this is how Windows 8 should look like!

If it's possible, could you make a version with dark grey accents from the left sidebar color like in Explorer? I tried modifying it for personal use, resulting in Windows 8 becoming unusable (black screen) and needing a reinstall.
Explosiverus Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Do not know how to remove white narrow strip on top of the window (below the search bar and address bar)
shown with a black arrow -
link6155 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Follow these steps to fix that:…
exsess Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Perfect fix! :)
down-without-stairs Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome looking. Wish this was for Windows 7. Lol.
jennishly Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice :) Very cool.
artfactlotus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Shit i have seven :( very cool theme!
Bill606 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
I'd use this 24/7 if it were Win7 compatible >.<  nice work nonetheless!
Burn-Teh-Wolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Do you have a link to ONE?
link6155 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You can find it on Google just by searching its name:…
ajdip Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
cool theme.currently using it. nice work
Vargpest Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
I have an idea to make this better.
This theme is great, however, the coloring is way too bright for my taste and surely a lot of other people.
Having a bit more de-saturated version of each color might be a good turn.

That's the only thing I can think of to make this theme better.
link6155 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The idea behind silk is to provide a bold, sharp, and minimal design (similar to what Google is doing with Material Design). I don't have plans for making more colors currently and even if I were to consider it, it would be very hard to keep up to date considering there's 10+ VS that would need to be all updated.
Vargpest Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Fair enough.
I am currently using it, because it's basically all I want in a VS.
However, what I said is merely my personal opinion.

Without knowing anything about theming for windows, isn't it possible to have a custom option regarding the colors?
link6155 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Coloring options only applies to the frame, not elements like the explorer toolbar or the close button.
UnknownGuy10 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
no plans on making a White version?  My computer isn't liking the black anymore
link6155 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have no plan on a light version currently.
Nilex92 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2015
Auw, I love the black, but for windows are bit too black in my opinion. I don't know it might be cause I've only been using it for a few hours yet, but its a lot quite a'lot a black. But beside that, I love it! Adored by the Tomato color :D

PS: How about getting this set up with the theme color? Think it would turn out beeing awesome.
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