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Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:03 pm
by Moline
I have ported over the preset Windows Classic themes from Windows 2000/XP over to Windows7. Everything is there from Brick to Wheat, and even the slightly altered Windows Classic theme (here, it is known as Windows Standard. In 2k and XP, it was known as Windows Classic, and was select-able alongside Windows Standard, which got renamed to Windows Classic in Vista and 7). There are also a few new themes that I created specially for this release that are not found in 2000/XP. They are; Nightlight, a theme that gives your computer a Windows 10 nightlight feel, Nighttime, a theme inspired by the night sky, the moon, and the stars, Sunny day, a theme inspired by a sunny day, sunset, a theme inspired by a sunset, and John Deere, a theme inspired by tractors.

Consider this an early Thanksgiving/Christmas present. To use these, just extract them using your favorite archiver such as Winrar or 7-Zip to the "C:\Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes" folder without quotes. Once done, just right click the desktop, click personalization, and scroll down to Basic and High Contrast Themes and they should all be there alongside the existing ones. Here's some photos showing off the new themes I made along with the link to download the themes.

Windows Classic Themes.zip

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John Deere

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Nightlight

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Nighttime

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Sunny Day

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Sunset

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:30 pm
by Zv45Beta
Just a tip: brighter shades of "strong" colors (the greens in John Deere, for example) would make these themes a whole lot better. These dark ones remind me of the horror that was the Hotdog Stand theme from Win3.x. :mrgreen:

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:53 am
by Neptruo314
Here's some feedback:
Nightlight and John Deere don't have gradient titlebars, which looks a bit odd compared to the others.
For John Deere, you could use #009900, and for Nightlight, you could use #CC9900. (as the second colours)
But overall, great job!
Offtopic Comment
You could try doing 1.0, 2.0, and the 3.x colour schemes, including the 3.0-exclusive themes along with the default themes.3.0 uses a slightly different colour scheme from 3.1
Zv45Beta wrote:These dark ones remind me of the horror that was the Hotdog Stand theme from Win3.x. :mrgreen:
On my 3.1 install, I normally use Emerald City. :P
And, if a person who wore monochrome glasses (if those exist) saw Hotdog stand, it would result it looking quite normal:
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Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:02 am
by MCpillager12
Just an appearence tip, if you want the taskbar looking normal, use small icons.

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:58 pm
by JonathonWyble
MCpillager12 wrote:Just an appearence tip, if you want the taskbar looking normal, use small icons.
I don't think one would need to do that to make the user interface look more nice, IMO. Some people might want the icons to be the perfect size for better viewing. But that's just my perspective...

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:46 pm
by Moline
Thank you all for your constructive criticism! If you want me to edit the completely new themes that I made up (John Deere, Night Light, Night Time, sunset, sunrise, etc), then please let me know. For the others, I copied color for color the color codes from a Windows XP Pro install that I had, so those should appear as they did in Windows XP. I currently do not have any plans to port these to Windows Vista, seeing as that is not something I use day to day, as is the case with probably several other people. If you want to do that, then go ahead, but I'm out. Also, I've no idea if we could make bare bones versions of these in Windows 8 with High Contrast. I know people have done that with Windows Classic through the High Contrast, but am not sure on the others. I could try it out since I have a Windows 8.1 install, both on an actual computer as part of a "penta"-boot (It covers Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8.1, and is spread out between 2 hard drives), and on a virtual machine for my school class. The penta-boot may be expanded to a hexa-boot if I can have a 4th partition on the 500 GB Hard Drive, and have enough space to allocate for Windows 10 once I hopefully get my free Windows 10 copy from the school (they did this with Windows 7 and 8.1 as well). Who knows if they will since 10 is what everyone should be running now (though I am typing this from Windows 7).

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:35 pm
by win32
The themes in fact do work in Windows 2000, as they are applied nicely via the semi-hidden themes.exe.

That themes.exe is in fact the same one from Plus! 98.

So these are not just for Windows 7; Vista/XP/2000/Me/98 should work as well! Maybe even on Windows 95 with Plus! applied, as the theme "engine" is identical to the one from Plus! 98, except for the lack of a monthly theme rotation option.

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:34 am
by alpha.burton
was there classic style .theme files in windows 3?

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:01 am
by ComputerHunter
Really? Even if you don't know the answer, you should at least know that Windows 3 runs on top of DOS and DOS use FAT which can only have a 3 letter extension.

The answer is no.

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:50 pm
by arielu
alpha.burton wrote:was there classic style .theme files in windows 3?
Windows 3.1 styles saved in CONTROL.INI file, it is exist in Windows folder.

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:37 am
by Moline
Ignore the section of the readme saying these do not work on Vista. I just tested and they do in fact work. Still don't work on 8/10 however.

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:47 pm
by mibrab
Just a heads up, the Sunny Day and Sunset images link to the same file

Re: Windows Classic Themes for Windows 7

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:50 pm
by Splitwirez
Moline wrote:Ignore the section of the readme saying these do not work on Vista. I just tested and they do in fact work. Still don't work on 8/10 however.
Tested on Windows 8/10 with or without the Classic Theme already applied?