Expanding on How can I make Windows 8 use the classic theme? and Windows 10 TenForums: Windows Classic Look Theme in Windows 10 -- how does one use Windows 10 with the old classic theme?

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There's a Windows 10 theme over at DeviantArt but it does not work with the final RTM:

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Also, your vote over at Windows 10 UserVoice: Windows Classic Look Theme in Windows 10 would be much appreciated.

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    Have you tried any of those solutions? They might do it. – Jared Allard Aug 6 '15 at 21:55
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    @JaredAllard yes, I tried Anixx' solution but it broke my system and I had to reinstall. – Mark Boulder Aug 8 '15 at 14:40
  • @DavidPostill I'm afraid it's not that easy when it comes to the old classic theme. – Mark Boulder Aug 8 '15 at 14:40
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    @MarkBoulder Option 1 from Anixx' solution worked for me when using the "enable classic theme now (for new processes only)" option, I didn't try the permanent install. – Luna Aug 13 '15 at 21:51

Have a look at this thread:


They're discussing/testing how to modify windows binary files to "get back" to classic interface by "unusual" methods, rather than just turning colors into gray! But it appears to be very complex due to totally different structure of explorer, windows manager and whatelse in Windows 10 w.r.t. previous versions. Note: be sure to create a restore point before running ClassicTheme.exe for testing! It can screw up whole interface!

For the start menu, things are easier thanks to ClassicShell: http://www.classicshell.net/gallery/

Additionally, try googling for: Classic AE by Saarineames (download from deviantart) Aero Lite Theme (among other things, make windows border larger than one pixel, for better resize and better visibility)

You can also play (carefully) with registry keys:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (you can add AccentColorInactive key here, or edit existing keys)
  • KEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize


Ultimate Windows Tweaker is also an amazing tool:



Its impossible to change it to:

Windows XP

If you are REALLY desperate for the classic theme, downgrade to Windows 7. Or go along with this

Windows 8 Version of classic


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