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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 ( fav.me/d6e0oqk )

Based on Gray 2014 by ezio ( fav.me/d6x6ssl )
& Gray8-final by gsw953onDA ( fav.me/d5navyx )
Credit to these guys since they did most of the work.

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

How to install:
- Apply the UxStyle Patch: uxstyle.com/
- Disable ribbon UI: fav.me/d4xt4f0
- 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:
www.classicshell.net/

Make your window borders smaller:
winaero.com/comment.php?commen…

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.
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10/11/2014
- 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

30/06/2014
- 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

30/03/2014
- 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

26/01/2014
- Changed the blue taskmanager colors
- Changed some of the icons when dragging files/folder in explorer
- Taskbar notifications should show now
- Other small changes

31/12/2013
- 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.

24/12/2013
- 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

03/12/2013
- 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

16/11/2013
- Removed white dot from search bar
- Made text in the control panel readable
- Changed progress bar
- Changed list tab item

15/11/2013
- Initial Release beta
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* = Set color intensity all the way to the left ( a.pomf.se/lyutdm.png )

Please read the comments before asking about a problem.

Suggestions are welcome.
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:iconsapioit:
SapioIT Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Interface Designer
Why not on W7, too?
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Oxydegozaru Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  New member
For some reason spaces on the right side and the bottom appear when I open Firefox. --> a.pomf.se/hudgzf.png
It also messes up with the auto-hidden taskbar and the FF context menu.

Thanks for the VS though!
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm pretty sure that has to do with your userchrome CSS, because mine doesn't have that problem: a.pomf.se/aeuuli.png

I personally use Pale Moon though, so you might want to try that and see if the problem still occurs.
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Oxydegozaru Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  New member
Ah, thought so. Might just change my CSS. Thanks.
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Darachio Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
My new favourite VS! Thanks you!

Oh and as a tip because I searched so long: hospos "Minimal Theme" for chrome works perfectly with it.
I'm using it right now for chrome and clover and it matches your VS perfectly (slightly edited 2 button colors in the .json tho).

Keep up the great work!
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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.imgur.com/Satj6C2.png
i.imgur.com/PFBwuFr.png
(I'm using Windows 8.1)

Thanks.
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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.
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HelloCat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
When I try to place taskbar to the side, the tray arrow turns ugly like this: i.imgur.com/OcSI441.png
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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).
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HelloCat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Ah that's unfortunate, I am on 8.1.
Thanks for the maintenance though.
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YAGOWPAIN Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Ultra Perfect !!! \o/ \o/ \o/ 
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xyrenticar Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  New member
cool
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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! :)
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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.
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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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Scope10 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes, if you go back to the default windows skin you will be able to use the right click menu on the start screen.
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Asagrim Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Thank you very much! I'm glad that works, I love what you did with this skin!
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IzzuThug Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Wonderful job! I'm using it now!
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Moorhuhnfreak Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Looks realy great but it causes some visual problems in other applications like firefox or chrome.
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darukuk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
hey man, really love this style, been using it for a while. is there any way for me to change the colours such as border, active border, background? thanks in advance
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You would have to get your hands on a copy of the Windows Style Builder that supports Windows 8 and change the bitmap images inside the visual style.
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darukuk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
windows style builder doesnt seem to support windows 8
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Availz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It apparently does, as this whole visual style is made with it.
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dpression Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
me again, any eta on when the theme will be updated? Sorry if bugging about / and if you got a lot of people asking you but yeah. Just love the theme man! Only best theme for me on win8.1 haha
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I suspect I will have an update out this week or early next week. I just need to resize and merge some new Scopics icons and then I'll focus on my visual style.

I'll try to get a virtual machine up and running with 8.1 as testing environment and go from there.
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jman1080p Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
I've installed this previously and I want to update to the latest version. However when I do, the login screen won't show up. I think it's because of the registry hack you had earlier to keep portions black. Any idea on how I can revert that back seeing as how I don't have the file anymore?
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You mean you get a black screen on boot after the windows 8 loading screen? That is because of windows updates breaking stuff of the visual style patch.

The registry hack itself is still included in the download together with an undo file to restore to default. I doubt the registry hack is the problem though.

You can always use system restore to fix it by either booting into safe mode or using a repair disc. You can also try and let windows fix itself by letting it not boot correctly 3-5 times.
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jman1080p Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Alright, so my best bet in updating is just to let windows restart itself a couple of times and the login screen should start up fine? or are the updates breaking the themes that badly?
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That could fix it sometimes yeah. Sometimes is just takes a long time before it comes up. It's hard to diagnose the exact problem.

If everything fails I recommend getting a recovery or install disc or usb of windows 8 and using a system restore to an earlier point in time.
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dpression Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
When will this theme be updated for windows 8.1 (including updates) ? Would love to have the bugs fixed man! Love the theme but bugs man bugs
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well, you can blame Microsoft for breaking themes with every update.

I don't really have an ETA, but I will try to get back to working on my theme soon hopefully. I'm currently having some trouble with the style builder, so I will need to get that fixed first.
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stef9999 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
right click menu on metro tiles doesn't work with this theme :(
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's a problem that was caused by the update 1 of Windows 8.1. I still need to work on the fix and make it so it doesn't mess with the current right click menu on the desktop.
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sereft Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2014
Great VS. Quick question though, is there any way to disable the command bar?
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Only way I know is through changing the shellstyle.dll in the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Penumbra 8 (W)\Shell\NormalColor folder.

Just follow this tutorial www.askvg.com/how-to-make-fold…. You don't need to edit the shellstyle in SysWOW64 & system32 folders since you're using a third party theme.
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PeanutAssery Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Hey man, extremely new to this stuff. by visual style folder, do you mean all of it?
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PeanutAssery Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Figured it out... Idk why I didn't try the obvious thing before asking.
I think I may have a bug though, a lot of the textures that I'd assume are supposed to be black/grey, are white. 
Like image shown. Is it because I haven't installed ONE?

s605.photobucket.com/user/jake…
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No, it's not because you don't have ONE. The white background is part of the bitmap number 632 & 633 found in Shell32.dll in system32 folder. This cannot be easily changed, it's possible, but It's not possible to change it with only the theme file. I personally don't recommend changing it since it can cause system instability when done wrong.
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b0gd4nn Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Hey there.

Love the theme, bug found one bug. Not sure why it happens. It is when I click the arrow next to the list of view types in the explorer.

Here's a screenshot:

i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u…
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Scope10 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yea, I have noticed that already. I'll see if I can fix it.
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b0gd4nn Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
cool. thanks!
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STATiK-04 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
This is my favorite dark theme, it's so nice.

I hope you incorporate some of Grey's updates, they seem to be able to make some extra things dark thanks to OldNewExplorer.
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RandomUsernamexD Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Very nice theme. Could you please fix this for the latest Win 8.1 Update? The context menus on the start menu are missing and I have some white areas in the Control Panel. Also, could you maybe make a version that only uses Segoe UI? I like to have a consistent interface ;)
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Scope10 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm not yet aware with the problems with the latest 8.1 update. I'll look into it and see if I can fix it.
Some of the elements in Windows can not be changed by a visual style which is why you'll still see some white parts. To change those you need to fiddle with system .dll files which I do not recommend because it can cause your system to become unstable.
Changing fonts is really easy and can be done yourself. Just follow this tutorial: virtualcustoms.net/showthread.…
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RandomUsernamexD Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I tried that, but it doesn't change all of the fonts... Even when I apply another theme and restart, it's still there.
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RandomUsernamexD Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Help? Please?
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RandomUsernamexD Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
I found the issue! Your theme changed some registry values in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics.
Please do not do that!
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buidoikmb Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
try to install on my Windows 8.1
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