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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 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:
- 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

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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 Gray2014 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|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).


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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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:icondhariuz8:
Dhariuz8 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Same question. Is there any plans to a Windows 10 port?
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I don't know guys, will see if Win10 is customizable like 8.
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:icontrackstarzz:
trackstarzz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Any plans for a Windows 10 port? I can't see myself leaving to Windows 10 with all the glaring white hurtin my eyes. This theme is a godsend to preventing eye strain.
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I don't know guys, will see if Win10 is customizable like 8.
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:iconweazie:
weazie Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Great theme hands down! Thank You <3
I didn't check all my programs' compability yet, but if I run into one, I can always switch theme temporarily. Thank You so much for this!
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:iconronaldsun:
RonaldSun Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2015
Thankyou!
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:iconhack3dy:
hack3dy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional Filmographer
is there an option for red dominant other than blue, Ezio
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
No, i'd need to make another theme for that. 
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:iconheatl0rd:
heatl0rd Featured By Owner Edited Mar 12, 2015
Can anyone assist with changing the darkness of textboxes with this theme? they are TOOO DARK! Running win8.1
example: i.imgur.com/aieoT3J.png
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:iconsakifx9:
SakifX9 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
I am having problems with Microsoft Word 2013 
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
As described in the 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).
So i can't fix it atm :(
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:iconsakifx9:
SakifX9 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
fixed
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:iconhurbes488:
Hurbes488 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  New Deviant
how ?
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:iconsmall-guy397:
Small-Guy397 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Wow, love this theme. My only question is; can you stop this theme from running in certain programs like Word, Teracopy and Chrome? Thanks
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
As described in the 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).
So i can't fix it atm :(
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:icondagnouna:
dagnouna Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Link
 to don
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Right of the page.
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:iconadhisc:
adhisc Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
hello, I loved this theme! but i have little problem that the transparency didn't work. I'd install and changed to .exe and set at but still didn't work. please help me thank you
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:iconsukhvirgg:
sukhvirgg Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Kind of messed up. My explorer.exe won't load on boot. Any known method I can fix this?
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
If you can't switch to the stock aero theme, the best solution is to run a restore point.
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:iconxtcmax:
xtcmax Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Thanks for the theme. I love it.
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:iconjaytadx:
JayTadx Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
why the left panel of control panel like in system its white in me but in you is black and in control panel at the top it is color white also..
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:iconslasherhajj:
SlasherHajj Featured By Owner Edited Dec 14, 2014
prntscr.com/5gqkvt

ezio. great theme man.

i am having a problem with the progress bar of WMC (windows media classic)

can you look at it and give your opinion

also look at the checkbox color here: prntscr.com/5gqvhb
and the font and borders (lack of them) in filezilla: prntscr.com/5gqxu1
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Yes the problem is that some black fonts are hardcoded in windows dll so i can't change them, and some programs load those fonts...
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:iconslasherhajj:
SlasherHajj Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
and the borders and WMC progress bar?
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:iconxtodeslord:
xTodeslord Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Hey nice Theme can you make a Win7 version too?
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Sorry, no win7 support.
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:icondivonika:
divonika Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2014
white ribbon still there in 8.1 where the options like
File and View are present on top

Please fix it
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
As said in the instructions file, ribbon has to be disabled with ONE.
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:iconxyrenticar:
xyrenticar Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
cool
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Tnx!
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:iconebsbow:
ebsbow Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014   Interface Designer
Is ther any chance to get the black ribbon on to the gray theme? The ribbon is a big help on the tablet, but so white.
Also, a version with darker lines woud be sweet. In any case, love your work, the theme is great! Thanks!
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
If you want the Ribbon please use Abisso "old" version, it has been updated with all 2014 fixes ;)
ezio.deviantart.com/art/Abisso…
No way to have the black ribbon on the grey theme, sorry.
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:iconabrv96:
ABRV96 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Hey Dude, thanks soo much for the amazing theme! Just wanted to know, is there any way to have the color of the ribbon match the rest of the theme? Coz my ribbon is white, and i installed the One package. Thanks! :)
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
To have the black ribbon just use the old Abisso theme: 
ezio.deviantart.com/art/Abisso…
It's black instead of gray but has a dark ribbon, and it has been updated as the 2014 version with all win 8.1 compatibility fixes ;)
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:iconmizuiro93:
Mizuiro93 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2014
Hey
Are you planing to change taskbar icon border/background like you done with Gray8 ? Changed it myself  ( with this tutorial www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/… and Style Builder) but not everyone want to or have time to do it. And effect could be really nice:
i.imgur.com/2JXkZ9v.png
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:iconezio:
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).
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:iconminhtien0506hp:
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 !
www.mediafire.com/view/q2l0eqp…
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:iconrelhom:
relhom Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t:
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
:happybounce: 
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:iconlukacool99:
lukacool99 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Can I change the blue font to red? 
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
No sorry, it's hardcoded in the visual style.
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:icontikithorsen:
TikiThorsen Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2014
Superb work. Everything works perfectly (opt'd out of the transparency though) except a few minor details like this one:
imgh.us/Run_2.png
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.
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:iconezio:
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
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:icondante66688:
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) img11.hostingpics.net/pics/249…: D: D: D
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
You have to install "ONE" and set it as suggested to avoid those white elements ;)
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:icondante66688:
Dante66688 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2014
Yes, I've see that 3 hours after do post my message (i'm so stupid sometimes lol) ,sorry ,so the problem is solved yeah!
thanks you for you attention :D :D :D :D :D
and Good day!!!
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Lol no problem, sometimes it happens to all of us too  :D :P
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:icondante66688:
Dante66688 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 17, 2014
lol, for sure! :D :D :D (this is great the first theme who don't white elements img11.hostingpics.net/pics/632… :D :D :D)
thanks you it's a great theme
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