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Abisso 2014 (dark theme Windows 8.1 Update1) Upd11 by ezio Abisso 2014 (dark theme Windows 8.1 Update1) Upd11 by ezio
Here's a completely new version of Abisso for Windows 8.1 Update1!

No more white ribbon and white backgrounds, windows explorer style like in win7 (with the useful bottom details bar), cleaner interface with a lot of fixed stuff.
A great thanks to vistastylebuilder.com, virtualcustoms.net and msfn.org guys for their support/tools!

Enjoy!

Ezio Lacandia Bijelkic

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Changelog:

22 July 2014
- ONE updated to v1.1.0 20.07.2014 (Improved injection mechanisms).

14 May 2014
- no changes and no update to download, just an IMPORTANT info:
On some configs, the theme switches to default after shutting down Windows. It's due to the fast startup option, just disable it (see "TO-DO (disable) if the theme switches to default at boot.jpg" in this package).

01 May 2014
- fix: no white borders in the tiles context menu (to update, just copy the new .msstyles, other files are unchanged)

29 Apr 2014:
- NO changes but an IMPORTANT info: in "ONE" please don't use "Enable glass on navigation bar", to avoid glitches in the "This PC" window.

12 Apr 2014:
- Win8.1 Update 1 compatibility fix, with the new tiles context menu (right click on a tile in the Start to show it).
The theme will not support Windows 8 and 8.1 anymore, Update 1 is mandatory according to Microsoft (otherwise you will not receive Windows Update patches).
- latest version of ONE
- if you use stylish in your browser, check these new dark styles for web pages:
* userstyles.org/styles/95359/fa…
* userstyles.org/styles/47161/da…
* userstyles.org/styles/81403/gt…
* userstyles.org/styles/81480/da…

20 Feb 2014:
- fixed some edit boxes that became light blue with invisible white fonts (e.g. in firefox) - NOTE: just update your .msstyles, other files are unchanged.

05 Feb 2014:
- updated "ONE", now it works much better. No changes for the theme.

04 Jan 2014:
*only .msstyles are updated* *load Aero theme, update modded theme files, reboot, select the modded theme*
- added a persistent-scrollbars version of the theme
- fixed some glitches on scrollbars highlighting blue

17 Dec 2013:
- fixed a little glitch for buttons in the Organize bar (there was a vertical gray line for the mouseover blue effect) - to update, just overwrite the .msstyles

15 Dec 2013:
- now visible text in some white popups in Chrome and other apps;
- added a no bottom details panel version of the theme (good for low-resolution systems)

12 Dec 2013:
- some white lines are now blue e.g. the box in the Personalization window
- dark gray background (it was white) for the hard disk free space bar
- blue copy progress bar (it was green)
- got rid of the white box in the copy window

11 Dec 2013 - NO Changes but very IMPORTANT INFO:
- after running Windows Update, load the standard AERO theme before restarting the system to avoid black screen at boot. After the boot, you can chose Gray2014 or other modded themes.

09 Dec 2013:
- removed lines in the file properties window (lol sorry for these three updates in a day, now all should be good :D )
- now the bottom details bar is not in a box but there's only e little adaptive separator!
- darker separator for the tree view panel

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INSTALLATION TIPS - READ CAREFULLY!!!

NB: Windows sometimes marks downloaded zip files from Internet as unsafe and this can cause issues.
So, don't forget to unblock the zip before extracting it: right click, then go to "Properties" and  select "Unblock" in the bottom box.

****IMPORTANT INFO****
After running Windows Update (specially if there are Internet Explorer protection patches - they usually change uxtheme files), please load the standard "Windows" theme (aero.theme) before restarting the system to avoid black screen at boot. After the boot, you can chose Abisso2014 or other modded themes.

****IMPORTANT INFO 2****
On some configs, the theme switch to default after shutting down Windows. It's due to the fast startup option, just disable it (see "TO-DO (disable) if the theme switch to default at boot.jpg" in this package).

1) You need to patch uxtheme services, use the one in the "uxtheme" folder of this package.
Avoid other system files patching tools (the boot of Windows can be broken when updating the system with Windows update).

2) After patching uxtheme, install and set OldNewExplorer as described in the "OnE" folder of this package.
(please don't use "Enable glass on navigation bar", to avoid glitches in the "This PC" window).

3) Then place theme files in "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes", you should have this structure:
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Abisso2014.theme"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Abisso2014"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Abisso2014|Abisso2014.msstyles"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Abisso2014|Wall"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Abisso2014|shell"

4) On the desktop, right mouse click --> Personalize, and choose "Abisso2014" under "Installed themes".

5) In the pack there's a registry fix to avoid white elements instead of dark ones after blocking the user, or sending a sleep/hybernate command to the system. Just apply it.

6) Install and set the included transparency tool as described in the "transparency" folder of this package.
PLEASE NOTE: some antivirus could find a malware in that folder, it's a false positive (due to the set-at-boot.reg behaviour).


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TIPS:

There are some barely visibile fonts in few programs but it usually depends from the program itself (if it applies visual style colors for some parts, and hardcoded colors for other parts).

To set transparency in windows and popup frames use the tool included in this pack.

With Firefox, let web pages load their own colors (you can change behavior in FF settings). With Chrome all is good at default.

If you want to change the white background of some web pages like youtube, facebook, google, install STYLISH in your browser and check these css:
- userstyles.org/styles/95359/fa…
- userstyles.org/styles/47161/da…
- userstyles.org/styles/81403/gt…
- userstyles.org/styles/81480/da…

For WMP background: winaero.com/comment.php?commen…
Or, better, apply wmploc.dll from this pack: gsw953onda.deviantart.com/art/…
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The-Beatle Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
I love your theme! I can now look at my computer without straining my eyes. Unfortunately, my computer ran an automatic update today and restarted my pc. I now have the black screen at startup. Can you please tell me how to fix it? Any help will be greatly appreciated. 
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ezio Featured By Owner 13 hours ago
As described you should always select the standard Windows theme before updating the system to avoid that issue.
If you have a restore point, it's the best way to solve it.
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janikov Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Great work!!!!!!!!
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks!
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:iconjanikov:
janikov Featured By Owner 1 day ago
THX!!!!!!!!!!!!

I use it from now, great work
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:iconpowerpatrick:
PowerPatrick Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Your theme actually looks similar to my own that I designed a long while ago for my XFCE desktop on Crunchbang Linux:

fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/201…

fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/201…


There's still various differences though, especially in terms of features, where mine even stand out to be unique from every single theme out there, considering how transparency is applied to the background of every application, which notably includes the web browser through a switchable extension. The only thing I've seen come close to this, was an old experimental extension for Firefox on Windows that applied Aero Glass on the background, but I doubt it has maintained compatibility with either the newest line of Firefox updates that uses the Australis UI or the latest DWM on Windows 8/8.1. Also for the record in mentioning the latter, keep in mind that it's possible to enable blur in case you need it:

intowindows.com/download-aero-…

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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Damn, your theme is awesome!
Love the blur effect too...

I know Aero Glass, it works fine but doesn't handle the whole window background. And the latest Win DWM is really troublesome...
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:iconpowerpatrick:
PowerPatrick Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks. :)

Right, and I suppose it won't really be improved in Windows 9, unless someone decided to invest a lot of effort in hacking DWM.
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Jackpison Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  New member Professional Artist
Hello,

Thanks for the Nice Theme Again really a nice effects.

Have a problem in some programs like Notepad++ and Microsoft office, is it possible to exclude those programs from this theme effect.
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
No way to exlude them.
In Notepad settings you can change the background and the text color.
About Office, you could fill the background with a white color (but i know it's not the best solution) and create a new model to avoid doing this for each new document, no other ways afaik :(
Or try LibreOffice, you can change colors in the settings page.
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