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Penumbra 8 - Windows 8(.1) visual style by Scope10 Penumbra 8 - Windows 8(.1) visual style by Scope10
Should work on Windows 8 as well as 8.1.
This visual style is made to have no accent color, only black, grey and white.
The music player in the preview image is AIMP with Ladient ( )

Based on Gray 2014 by ezio ( )
& Gray8-final by gsw953onDA ( )
Credit to these guys since they did most of the work.


Before you install:
- Make a restore point.
- Follow this tutorial just in case anything goes wrong:…
- Install Open Sans (included in the download)

How to install:
- Apply the UxStyle Patch:
- Disable ribbon UI:
- Copy the content of the Visual Style folder to C:WindowsResourcesThemes
- Right click your desktop > Personalize and click Penumbra 8 under Installed Themes
- Done

For the previewed statusbar use Classic Shell:

Make your window borders smaller:…

Important note:
ONE can cause installation problems such as installs being stuck at "creating shortcuts" and also other explorer related problems. If you are hindered by these problems, uninstall the ONE shell extension.

Known problem:
- Start menu right click in Windows 8.1.

- Fixed low quality notification arrow when taskbar is on the sides
- Changed a bunch of color in the explorer window
- Changed 'None' icon
- Small changes to all button types
- Changed color on dropdown menu
- Changed colors of pop-up menu
- Changed colors of Monthcal
- Bunch of other small changes and fixes

- Added OldNewExplorer (ONE) to the download
- Added new wallpapers, removed old ones
- Skinned copy window
- Made general colors a bit lighter
- Changed tooltip and tooltip balloon
- Made different between disabled/grayed and normal text more noticeable
- Slight change to the scrollbar
- Fixed change icon view menu
- Other small fixes and changes

- Changed colors of the explorer window
- Changed font rendering to Cleartype-natural
- Made overall font color a bit darker
- Changed colors right-click menu
- Made taskbar notifications more noticeable
- Made button colors lighter (incl. radio and checkbox)
- Added purple wallpaper
- A bunch of other small changes

- Changed the blue taskmanager colors
- Changed some of the icons when dragging files/folder in explorer
- Taskbar notifications should show now
- Other small changes

- Added Penumbra 8 W
    This fixes some problems with dark background of searchboxes, urlbars and microsoft Word.
    This is however in exchange that some other parts of the VS will appear white.

- Used Gray 2014 as new base. It should fix* most if not all problems that were present in Windows 8.1
- Slightly changed caption buttons
- Changed scrollbar arrows.
- Other small changes

- Changed taskband list item background and close button
- Changed background of the box when selecting filetype
- Changed background on desktop icons
- Changed editbox border
- Changed Close button on tool windows
- Fixed Vertical progress bar
- Fixed pin list icons for Windows 8.1, but it isn't properly styled yet
- Other small changes and fixes

- Removed white dot from search bar
- Made text in the control panel readable
- Changed progress bar
- Changed list tab item

- Initial Release beta

* = Set color intensity all the way to the left ( )

Please read the comments before asking about a problem.

Suggestions are welcome.
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dkgs Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
I really like this theme, but can you please make the Penubra 8 (not Penubra 8 W) not change Chrome omnibar's (where the website address is) background to black?
And there is a bug - there is a second frame to the opened windows' thumbnail:
(I'm using Windows 8.1)

Scope10 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Chrome's omnibar uses the two elements WINDOWCOLOR and WINDOWTEXTCOLOR from the visual style. This has been changed to the default colors in Penumbra 8W.
So, why not use Penumbra 8W?

About the bug, it is not a bug. The window thumbnail is suppose to have two frames.
HelloCat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
When I try to place taskbar to the side, the tray arrow turns ugly like this:
Scope10 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for telling me. I didn't notice because I only use my taskbar on the bottom.

I will try to get an update out near the end of this week that will fix that issue and have some other changes with it (no fix for 8.1 though).
HelloCat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Ah that's unfortunate, I am on 8.1.
Thanks for the maintenance though.
YAGOWPAIN Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Ultra Perfect !!! \o/ \o/ \o/ 
xyrenticar Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  New member
Deemlin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Great work, love this VS!

Shame on the Start Screen right click window though, any way you could fix that (it works fine in some other VS's)? Or perhaps add a StartIsBack start menu?

Anyway, thanks a bunch! :)
Scope10 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well, I don't have a working visual style editor anymore, so I can't fix it.

The only thing I could do is use an older style editor and use a base that has the fix already applied and change that base to my current theme, but that would be too much work for such a small thing that I personally don't even use.
Asagrim Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
About the bug that messes up right click on the start screen: will I be able to use the right click menu with this skin installed, when I reapply a Windows default skin?
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