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Base for Windows 8.1 by link6155 Base for Windows 8.1 by link6155


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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!

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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 8.1

Q: How do I apply the StartIsBack Skin?
A: within the 'base' folder, take 'base.msstyle' and put it into the StartIsBack skins folder 

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")


-Improved high DPI scaling

-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
Base Beta for Windows 8 by ~link6155 ( Featured by neiio )
LOuroboros Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017
The theme looks beautiful link6155, do you know how to fix these issues though?
It looks like one of the theme's font colors is white or something.
It's literally the only error I spotted and it would be nice to fix it somehow so it'll be perfect.
Thanks in advance for reading, greetings from Uruguay :)!
link6155 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I don't have Windows 8.1 anymore, but if I recall correctly that can't be fixed. 
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
justtryxcx Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Have a suggestion, you could make for windows 10 ;)

tousegrab Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What editor do u use to build themes? 
Mykou Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
any link to the start orb ? 
Rizwanrab Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
how to get the icons work ?
BiancoRossi Featured By Owner Edited May 5, 2016
kaiden Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
I love these themes. It's so very sad that they don't have themes like this anymore for Windows 10. It had so much potential.
Micopero Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Thanks for the nice work ! I like this one, God bless :) 
adsizpng Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Is it work for windows 8 ?
marucru Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
how do I make the vertical taskbar smaller, please don't say taskbar tweaker.
ocass66 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Can you make a Windows 10 theme based on Microsoft Whistler's Watercolor theme?
ZiruSoulslayer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
please make a Windows 7 version.
lightsourcetrickster Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Not only is this theme bloody beautiful, it's probably the only one out of several so far that I've not had any problems with installing.
deviantartepb Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Has it already been asked?
Windows 10 version!
hekee Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
On the below. Facepalm 
ghytro Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Loved this theme for Windows 8.1, will you be updating it for Windows 10?
link6155 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I plan on updating all my Windows 8.1 themes to Windows 10 eventually.
BiancoRossi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
Hey link6155, believe it or not, before I'm updating to W10, I'm waiting for this theme to be updated too for W10. Any idea when will you be updating it? Thanks :) Keep up the good work.
ghytro Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Awesome, I'll stay tuned. :)
Zhnz Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2015
Pretty cool!
Zhnz Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2015
abdulmubarakz Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student Photographer
Thanks mate! Liked!
AmenXX Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
I really like the look of this skin, but I've run into a problem sadly.

When right clicking tabs, I get this.  Screenshot

I'm not sure if it's because I've used other themes before?  I've reinstalled uxtheme and that hasn't helped. If I switch back to a default windows theme, then right clicking tabs  looks fine.. Really not sure what's wrong.
skittensro Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
After using this. All my windows and applications are like 1% transparent. If I leave a white windows explorer open behind a fullscreen movie, I can see it when the scene goes dark. Why is this and how can I fix this?'

Thanks, awesome work btw.
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
A theme shouldn't make your windows transparent, it sounds like an application is causing this issue. Are you by any chance using WinaeroGlass?
cbsso Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
I like it so much, thank you
iExpressLad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
I have Windows 8.1, I dont see any difference other then the color. This is a nice theme best one I have seen so far and I would really like to use it :D Thanks
Zaloxitah Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
I have the same problem, too :(
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You'll need to patch your system before applying a theme. I recommend using this:…

If you have already patched your system, make sure the theme is located under C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
iExpressLad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Just re-patched my system, I rebooted uninstalled anti virus and I still cannot getting it working, I tried :( nice them I wish I could use it.
iExpressLad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Thanks for the reply, I have patched my themes and then I tried and nothing happened, I then tried patching again with another patcher and it said already patched, I tried extracting deleting re-installing to that section and everything but no luck for some reason, I am not sure what the issue is is there a way you can help me out? Like watch me do it or you can just ask me questions about the theme, and yes I installed it to  C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
subi54 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Photographer
Can you please link just the theme? I downloaded the whole package the last time. Internet here isn't that good.
Thanks for sharing.
fostot Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Hey there there's this odd little bubble that runs along the top and bottom of the border that isn't the full length of the title bar / bottom border but it's rather annoying. Any ideas?
link6155 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Could you post a screenshot of your issue so I can figure out what's wrong?
Pathduck Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
After checking out a lot of themes this is the one I selected, it's simple enough, dark and I like the buttons. Good work!

Couple of questions;
- Is it possible to have back the default blue file selection color in Windows Explorer? Now it's a grey color.

- In Firefox 35 this also changes the ctrl+tab menu to have a strange 'glow' on the text - can this be removed?

- Would be good if it included the folder band removal outlined here:…
(I did this myself)
link6155 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's not possible to have the blue selection color unless I make another variation.  The glow you see in Firefox has always been there, you just couldn't see it as well on other themes, perhaps someone has make a userstyle script that could remove it.
BLUenginnerFTW Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Does it now work for Windows 8.1? Is it also compatible with Windows 10 technical preview and Windows Server 2012?
BLUenginnerFTW Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
PS: Instead of Startisback, can I use classic shell instead?
MistahGrizzly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
how to enable my start menu im with windows 10 technical preview
link6155 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This theme was designed for windows 8.1 and 8, you should not use this with Windows 10.
loltrull Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
start menu needs fixing, text is black 
CHarrisMedia Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've ran into a slight problem, when I right click applications in the navigation bar, this happens
Velgath Featured By Owner Edited Jan 22, 2015
Can confirm this problem on the navigation menu. I am using Windows 8.1 Update 1, and using the Base for 8.1 theme in the Personalization settings.

For other people complaining about the start menu, it works fine. You have to place the base.msstyles from the packaged files to the StartIsBack Styles folder, and select the option in the StartIsBack settings.
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