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I want to make window borders aesthetically look like Windows 7. It currently looks like this:

Windows 11 borders

I want it to look like this:

Windows 7 borders

This is also acceptable (DWM disabled):

Disabled DWM borders

I followed this tutorial: https://winaero.com/get-windows-7-theme-for-windows-10.
I installed UxStylePatcher for Windows 11, restarted the PC and copied the themes from this DeviantArt post to C:/Windows/Resources/Themes.

This works for the icons, but the window borders didn't change to look like Windows 7. I also tried another DeviantArt post and yet nothing.

I also tried activating Aero Lite via Winaero Tweaker, but it's not the same:

Aero Lite borders

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Windows 11 Borders will not be Windows 7 Borders. Not at all practical.

I have Windows 11 Production and Advanced Insider. If anything, it is moving farther away.

Things I do for Windows 11.

(a) Classic Theme.

(b) In Settings, Personalization, I show Accent Colors on Start and Task Bar and on Title bars and window borders. Depending the app, this helps and is better in Production then current Insider.

So overall, your only hope is to adapt to Windows 11 and set as I noted to help as much as you can for your system.

Registry changes have been much reduced in Windows 11.

All of the above is for Native Windows 11 as changes to non-Native can be lost or cause issues with the next Feature Update.

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  • By "Classic Theme" you say wallpaper? I was at best able to get taskbar and start menu from Windows 7 in Windows 11. I'm aware of the accent colors.
    – Hydroper
    Commented Aug 20, 2022 at 14:24
  • That is what I do (solid color) so as to eliminate any issues on the way desktop shows. I have a Windows 7 VM here for comparison to Windows 7. I also made note of Native Windows 11 as changes can be lost or changed with Feature Updates.
    – John
    Commented Aug 20, 2022 at 14:28
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BasicThemer2 gives you the aero basic Window borders without disabling DWM (Use RibbonDisabler with it as well)

https://github.com/Ingan121/BasicThemer2/releases

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  • Yeah, I discovered it recently. Sadly it doesn't work well with the File Explorer.
    – Hydroper
    Commented Nov 4, 2022 at 11:38
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    You have to use RibbonDisabler to make it work properly because of some strange incompatibility Commented Nov 11, 2022 at 6:29

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