I would like to change the theme of my Windows 8 install to the Windows Classic theme:
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You can use the following program:
It allows you to have Classic look (disables the themes) but keeps DWM running:
Using this method all Metro apps and Start Screen remain functional.
If you want DWM disabled as well, try this program:
After using it, rename the Resources folder.
But do not forget to enable Auto-login to desktop because both login screen and StartScreen need DWM.
This method makes Metro apps not working because they need DWM.
A third method is somwhat similar to the first one, but is reported not to work with the taskbar (or the taskbar needs to be restarted). It uses a batch file and the handle utility by sysinternals. As the first method, it keeps DWM running.
@echo off FOR /F "delims=^T" %%G IN ('Handle Theme') do set output=%%G FOR /F "tokens=6" %%G IN ('echo %output%') DO set handleid=%%G FOR /F "tokens=3" %%G IN ('echo %output%') DO set pid=%%G echo %handleid% echo %pid% Handle -c %handleid% -p %pid% -y
or this script
@ECHO OFF SETLOCAL ENABLEEXTENSIONS FOR /F "tokens=3,6 delims=: " %%A IN ('Handle Theme') DO ( ECHO handleid=%%B ECHO Pid=%%A Handle -c %%B -p %%A -y )
or, alternatively a one-liner:
@FOR /F "tokens=3,6 delims=: " %%A IN ('Handle Theme') DO Handle -c %%B -p %%A -y
With all three methods the task manager stops working so you have to install the classic task manager from Windows 7.
For advanced users I recommend this method though.
Additionally, one can apply this tweak to make the menus looking more classic.
I'm guessing you want to bring back the start menu and make it so that at start-up you default to the desktop.
I'd start by getting windows 8.1 at the windows store, it gives more windows 7 type functionality and if you don't have a touch-screen it defaults to the desktop.
Then you can bring back the start menu with classic shell at: http://www.classicshell.net/
You can also get a windows classic taskbar and window-style with a deviantart theme at: http://simplexdesignsart.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Classic-Vs-Outdated-457573957
Good luck! ;)