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Aero 8.1 (Windows 8.1) by xXiNightXx Aero 8.1 (Windows 8.1) by xXiNightXx
Welcome to the world of Aero for windows 8.1! This theme has been redesigned to fit in with the style of windows 8.1 with squared off borders, buttons, and controls (Also Rounded). It works well with Aero Glass and startisback Start menu re-implementation. This theme includes all Windows 7 Themes; Architecture, Characters, Lanscapes, Nature, Scenes, & United states. (Includes Wallpapers, SoundSchemes, & Cursors). 

#####  WARNING!!! This theme is for Windows 8.1 only. If you run Windows 8, please use this version:…  ######
How to install Theme; (Create a system restore point first!) 
1. Windows 8.1 users download…  <---- If already Patched, skip steps 1/2.
2. Install Patch, dont reboot.
3. Copy the theme files to C:WindowsResourcesThemes
4. Apply the theme through the personalization window.

(Additional Software)
-Old New Explorer (Windows 7 Style)
To move the details pane to the bottom of explorer, Disable Ribbon UI & Add back Aero color behind navigation bar, Download this program (Make A system restore point first!):…
^------ Make sure you use these options listed below:
1. Use command bar instead of Ribbon
2. Hide caption text in File Explorer windows
3. Hide caption icon in File Explorer windows
4. Hide Up (go to parent folder) button
5. Enable glass on navigation bar
6. Show Details pane on the bottom

-Start Menu-
To get the original start menu, download the free trial or purchase Startisback from here:
-Supports opening Metro start and pin metro apps to start menu. (Square Theme Supplied in extras folder for start is back)
-Aero Glass- (Not responsible for damages to your system!)  <----Required for theme!!
To add blur back into windows 8.1, please visit here:…  (download the correct 8.1 version)
1. Download file.
2. Ru setup and install the program.
3. Run the 3 batch files in "Aero 8.1 ThemeExtrasAeroGlass" These will set the settings for Aero Glass to match the original Windows 7 settings.(The 2 fix ones in the "Enable on battery" folder are only needed if you wish to enable Glass on battery if you use on a tablet or laptop.
4. Reboot DWM or restart system.
5. Enjoy Aero!

-----------New Releases "Aero 8.1"-----------
-Set captionmargin back to older setting due to round borders looking incorrect on explorer. (Please note that some applications will have a graphical glitch on the right side. There is no way to fix it.)
-Skinned Menubar Buttons(Square Theme)
-Skinned Context Menu Buttons(Square Theme)
-Updated Default theme files. They now match the old Windows 7 slightly blue looks.
-Return of Show Desktop Button (Top/Bottom Taskbar Only)
-Higher DPI Support
 *Fixed Window Frames for most applications/CMD (Rounded borders look a tad bit squished on right side due to 8.1 limitations)
 *Skinned Higher DPI Navigation buttons (Square Version)
-Default Themes now use no color settings
-Skinned Details bar (Name, Date Modified, ect....)
-Windows 8.1 Port

You may only use these for personal use only. Ask before re-uploading/modifying my works. (you can modify for personal use only!)

Warning! Do not download from any other site or page except here, other may be trying to give you a virus! Always scan files before opening them.

Aero8.1 for windows 8.1 xXiNightXx 2012-2014 Deviantart
-All Rights Reserved
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jcarerra Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
Is there a discussion anywhere on how to change anything in the Aero 8.1 Rounded default (or any of the themes)?  I REALLY need to make the taskbar font larger/darker due to eyesight.
My1xT Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I have a problem with the Win 8.1 Update 1 where there is a bug concerning metro context menu and custom skins.
Please fix it.
markoatonc Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Weird. Worked perfectly, and then, after rebooting system, it returned to normal win 8.1, and now I cant set this aero 8.1. When I select it from personalisation menu, nothing changes. And if I try to load them directly from file, it  says please wait, flashes screen, and still nothing. Can you help me?
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PacManix Featured By Owner Edited Jun 20, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I have a list of fixes:
- The column header style in the Windows Explorer details list is wrong. It was the same white-ish style as in Windows 8, not the one like in Vista
- The caption text is too large, make it 9pt as in Windows 7
- I also hid the Show Desktop button, which is too wide. The padding of the clock text is too wide.
- The caption text in the taskbar thumbnails is white and has no white blur in Windows 7
- In Chrome the right window border is bugged, because they expand the glass area weirdly ;s (not a bug on your side actually)
- The listview color isn't white at some places, it's gray like a button color
- I renamed the theme file to aerolite.msstyles to enable blur on the taskbar and also to keep getting themed WPF controls (otherwise they change to win9x classic style)
- The reflection on the left and right of the window frames doesn't resize with the window, it keeps having the same size. It's like in the Windows 7 basic theme, but aero didn't do it.
- In the start menu, hovering items gives a unicolor blue rectangle like in Windows 8. In the All Programs list, clicking an item makes it temporarily go away and change to the Windows 7 style.
- At the top rounded corners of the window frame, some pixels are too bright (which is not a blurring issue).
- I think the caption buttons on maximized windows are one pixel too low, making a white line being visible above them. In Windows 7 I think there wasn't a white line.
- Fixed some colorization parameters to make the window frame colors like in Windows 7 (they were slightly too bright).

Thanks for the skin, maybe you want to see my fixed version.
UnclWish Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I want to see your fixed version can you give it to me?
PacManix Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Interface Designer
sorry I don't have it anymore =( accidentally overrid it with wrong file ._.
UnclWish Featured By Owner 4 days ago
It's so sad...Waaaah! 
umair4ziz Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  New member Student Artist
xXiNightXx, Must have benefited millions of 8.1 users out there who were getting sick by the poor 19C look of MS offering. I am much inspired by guys like you who have a very famous post on the net with lots of thank yous and appreciation, I too do some unique things in windows and perhaps will make similar pose like one of yours. thank you once again.
jordan1776 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
He xXiNightXx I found a fix to the funky right side glitch! If you use this program:… you can reduce the width and padding of the borders and if you bring both of them down to 1 It fixes the glitch!
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