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Gray 2014 (dark theme Windows 8.1 Update 1) Upd.11 by ezio Gray 2014 (dark theme Windows 8.1 Update 1) Upd.11 by ezio
Here's a completely new version of Gray8 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, and guys for their support/tools!


Ezio Lacandia Bijelkic



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:

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:
- 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.

10 Dec 2013:
- finally get rid of the sh#t da#ned black background under the window title when the window is not selected! :D (updated .theme and visual style folder).

09 Dec 2013:
- 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



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.

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 Gray2014 or other modded themes.

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|Gray2014.theme"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Gray2014"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Gray2014|Gray2014.msstyles"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Gray2014|Wall"
- "C:|Windows|Resources|Themes|Gray2014|shell"

4) On the desktop, right mouse click --> Personalize, and choose "Gray2014" 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).



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:

For WMP background:…
Or, better, apply wmploc.dll from this pack:…
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Mizuiro93 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2014
Are you planing to change taskbar icon border/background like you done with Gray8 ? Changed it myself  ( with this tutorial… and Style Builder) but not everyone want to or have time to do it. And effect could be really nice:
ezio Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Gray8 is not made by me :)
Btw i tried to implement that colorization, but i didn't merged in the final version because a lot of people asked me to use the standard look (the glow color changes according to the program icon).
minhtien0506hp Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2014  New member
Good job. I like your Gray blue very much but when I switch between blue and red, nothing change, the link is the picture, and one thing, could you show me how to replace a file in sys32 and wow64. Thank you very much !…
relhom Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ezio Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
lukacool99 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  New member
Can I change the blue font to red? 
ezio Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
No sorry, it's hardcoded in the visual style.
TikiThorsen Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2014  New member
Superb work. Everything works perfectly (opt'd out of the transparency though) except a few minor details like this one:
And on some programs the icon boxes and some fronts are too dark, but again, is minor details.

Now... I'm not completely sure if this is a theme issue or a W8 issue... but the "search pane/charm" is always active/open. So when I alt-tab it always switches to that first. Needless to say is extremely annoying since I alt-tab frequently.
ezio Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
About the run box: yes, known issue (the ONE tool can't handle it at the moment).

About the search/charm: it's ok on my system, it doesn't open when i alt-tab. Try creating a new windows account, or try restoring the windows theme, reboot and chose Gray another time.
Also check your ONE settings, use only these:
- use command bar instead of Ribbon
- show details pane on the bottom
Dante66688 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2014
Hi, First, It's a wonderfull work ,but i've meet some mistake with it ,humm how describe this, hum...I don't know so i post a picture (sorry for my english ,I French so I 'm trying my best)…: D: D: D
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