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On Windows XP (and earlier) there was a difference between dialog background and input fields: The former were a shade of gray, the latter where white. On Windows 8 there seems to be no option to change these two colours independently. Is there any way to switch back to that old look? Or maybe even an existing theme that gives me back the old look?enter image description here

Edit: Added screenshot

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Do you have a screen shot of the dialog box? – Guy Thomas Jan 22 '13 at 11:51
You can set Windows 8 to use a Windows XP theme. – Ramhound Jan 22 '13 at 13:05
@Ramhound: How do I do that? In personalization I only get 3 Windows Default Themes and 4 High Contras Themes. Then there is the Option "Get more themes online" which takes me to a web page with thousands of themes, none of them looking like Windows XP. – dummzeuch Jan 22 '13 at 15:09
@dummzeuch - Looking into the problem in more detail it appears that "Windows Classic" is the best you will get. Most of visuals that would exists within a Windows XP theme no longer exist within Windows 8. – Ramhound Jan 22 '13 at 15:44

There is something called "Windows Classic Theme for Windows 8 RTM" available from deviantart It looks much better than the available default themes but is not quite what I was looking for. Good enough for now, though. Thanks to Ramhound who pointed me in that direction.

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