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8 Plus for Windows 8.1 by froggz19 8 Plus for Windows 8.1 by froggz19
A mix of resources...
Some resources were ported from Windows 7 aero theme and some are modified by me. The navigation buttons are from Windows 8 RP.

*Update
Minor fixes to caption buttons

*Update Sep/27/2013
Caption buttons updated, again...

*Update Oct/15/2013
Cleaned taskbar

*Update Nov/04/2013
Fixed tool window frames

*Update Nov/28/2013
Updated Minimize/Maximize caption buttons

*Update Dec/5/2013
updated classic shell skin - wrong mask was used when 'Top taskbar' and 'Increase color brightness' options were checked

*Update Jan/03/2014
Reduced title bar glow

*Update Jan/14/2014
Modified shellstyle.dll to remove command bar

*Update Jan/29/2014
Added new skin for Classic Start Menu

*Update Feb/04/2014
New shadows for windows and taskbar thumbnails
Added show desktop button (bottom & top taskbar)

*Update Feb/05/2014
Active and inactive window frames are now identical

*Update Feb/08/2014
Modified close caption button
New 'fake' show desktop button for bottom, top, left and right taskbar
Changed address bar and search bar background

*Update Apr/08/2014
Theme updated for Windows 8.1 Update 1/Spring Update

*Update Apr/09/2014
Changed window frames properties  Oops! 
Removed StartIsBack+ Skin

*Update Sep/17/2014
Minor changes to caption buttons
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Decrease caption buttons size

Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Display

Changing Title bar text size will also decrease the size of caption buttons, default is 11, set to 10.

Set "Caption glow effect mode" to "Use theme settings" in AeroGlassGUI to enable text glow in title bar.
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:icongabrieloscarct:
gabrieloscarct Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  New Deviant
¿Cómo Can i downoload it??

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DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  New Deviant
Great !
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:iconvalhalley:
valhalley Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Wow I love this theme.Clean and very neat..Please can anyone give me the download links please? thanks
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:iconadsizpng:
adsizpng Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Is it works on Windows 8 Pro x64
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mkozic Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Guys I have no idea how, but while scrolling with my touchpad I accidentally managed to shrinken the Command bar and I can see two arrows (up/down) to resize it, but whenever I try I can't get it back to normal. I've compared my shellstyle.dll with the original one and they are the same... Help, please!
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Ex3cut3r Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:thumbsup: Best theme for 8.1 so far.
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:iconfroggz19:
froggz19 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Thanks
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:iconcantdrawforshit1:
i.imgur.com/rQjXNBe.jpg

Could anyone tell me what I might've done wrong here, and how I could fix it?

I have the UX Theme Patcher installed, the theme is in the proper place and I'm using Aero Glass v1.2.5, Start8 v1.45 and OldNewExplorer v1.1.0. I also changed the Title bar size to 10 from 11, didn't help. (It couldn't be the fact that I have a custom-image start orb for Start8, could it? That's the only other thing I've got going on...)

I fixed it, and I'm stupid. I had "Install glass shiny atlas resource" ticked on the installer, which it specifically tells you not to check if you'll be using your own custom themes. Whoops!
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:iconahmedsalahais:
ahmedsalahais Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Nice theme. However, I think the maximize button is missing a pixel at the bottom in forground windows.
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:iconcustomizewin7:
customizewin7 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
excellent check my themes glassthemes.mex.tl/
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XxFoxy-The-PiratexXx Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks very clean, its makes me think that this should have been the way windows 8 should have looked. :)
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:iconjunalden:
junalden Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
hallo is there someone can help me this rar to open and how to intall it???
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:icondarkwater409:
darkwater409 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
if you're on Win8/8.1 just download mZip from the windows store metro app and you can use it to open .rar files.  It's a free alternative to WinZip amd can open several different types of files including .rar and .7zip files.
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:iconjunalden:
junalden Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
how to open this rar?
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:icondblake1:
DBlake1 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Still have the StartisBack theme? I'd like to use it.
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:iconunknownguy10:
UnknownGuy10 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2014
I luv this, it works well on my Win8.  nice work
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:iconmasterx1234:
masterx1234 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
transparency does not work on windows 8.1 update 1, i can confirm this
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:iconfroggz19:
froggz19 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Yes it does.
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:iconraiden1989:
raiden1989 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 21, 2014  Student Artist
Funny that you mention that....

goo.gl/pVqonK

Works perfectly fine if you set it up correctly. The theme itself does not provide transparency. Its the Aero Glass third-party tool from glass8.eu

There's a guide that describes the features it offers. If you cant figure out how to use it from there, then its not meant for you. Its for advanced users.
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p0k3rf4c33 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
The tranceparency or whatever its called doesnt work
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:iconfroggz19:
froggz19 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Yes it does.
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:iconfragil1ty:
Fragil1ty Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
My new favourite theme, think I'll be using this one for a while to be honest.

Great work. 
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:iconinighthawki:
inighthawki Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Thanks for the theme, it looks really great.

I've noticed two small issues, bot in the image link below:

1) The caption buttons' hover images seem a little distorted, as if maybe saved off as a jpeg prior to being imported to the theme. Have you noticed this?
2) The inner corners of the frames seem to be a tad disjoint. Not sure how else to describe it.

Screenshot:
i57.tinypic.com/2na41gn.png

Other than that, I love the theme. It retains a lot of the nicer parts of the default Win8 theme like the flattened taskbar, but with some important improvements like contrast around the windows and inactive windows that aren't that awful light gray color :). I'm very thankful of this theme :)
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inighthawki Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Didn't notice you recently updated it. Looks like it actually fixed the issues. Sorry about that :)
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:iconraiden1989:
raiden1989 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Artist
Wheres the download link? Not seeing one on the right or in the OP.
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:iconfroggz19:
froggz19 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Sorry, I had to fix the caption buttons.
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:iconraiden1989:
raiden1989 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Artist
No prob. Downloading now.
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MokrySedeS Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Love it! I've tried quite a few styles but this one is so much better than the rest #1 
Will you update it for 8.1 Update? Context menu doesn't show up on the Start screen. That's the one and only issue I have with this style Heart 
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:iconfroggz19:
froggz19 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Glad you like it. Theme updated.
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:iconmokrysedes:
MokrySedeS Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
That was fast! :D Thank you.
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:iconmsoni:
msoni Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
how to apply it

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not-jester Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thanks for creating this skin, it's nearly flawless. In today's update, the Show Desktop button is only visible when the taskbar is at the bottom. Mine will always be on the right side of my screen, is it possible to add vertical compatibility? And could you let me know which value to tweak using MSStyler if I wanted to have less harsh white highlights around each window? Inactive windows are pleasing to the eye, but the bright white box around active windows is a bit too much.

Thanks for your hard work,
Jester
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:iconfroggz19:
froggz19 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Theme updated.
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:iconnot-jester:
not-jester Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Looks awesome! Thank you!!
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not-jester Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I only have MSStyler, which should be able to accomplish the same thing but I can't quite find the property. I cannot buy $30 software for one tweak, could you PM me a custom .msstyle with darker lines? Either here or on MSFN.

And if vertical support for the show desktop button is too time consuming to pull off, no worries. It's not something I'm dying to have (but fixing white lines is!)
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:iconjartz2010:
jartz2010 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Thank you so much for creating this Theme.
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:icontseng17:
Tseng17 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014

By the way, would it be possible for you to create "show desktop" area on the right end of Task Bar?

I am using StartIsBack Plus, this is the only element I miss about Win7 not yet ported to Win8.1

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xmrhyde Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
that button does exist, its just invisible, try to click the right end of the taskbar in normal theme.
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:iconfroggz19:
froggz19 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Done, only for bottom and top taskbar.
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:icontseng17:
Tseng17 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Love your work, makes my Win8.1 experiences much much more better.  One more reason to stick with Win8.1
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:iconfroggz19:
froggz19 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thank you. 
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:iconhb860:
hb860 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Great.
Just great.
Thank you very much
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:iconfroggz19:
froggz19 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Glad you like it.
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ParaDoX1994 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
It seems to be happening first time when opening an explorer window, but after playing with those buttons, the gap goes away.
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ParaDoX1994 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
oh yes, I noticed that it's the space for the down arrow which comes to there when surfing folders. Seems like the "greyed out" arrow, (when there isn't next or previous folders) is invisible and that's why only the space for it is left. and sorry for this triple post :D
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ParaDoX1994 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Awesome theme! Except for this little thing, it seems that at least i'm having this gap between those buttons. If you bother to fix those, this would be even better :) i.imgur.com/k7EbbK3.jpg

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