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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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lergg Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist Interface Designer
Will this theme work on windows 7?
Scope10 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No, it only works on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
AmenXX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
This skin is great, but sadly I'm having an issue where tabs on the taskbar do not flash. Is there any way to fix this?
Scope10 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm not having any problems with this. Flashes, as well as progress bars, work on my taskbar. I don't know the last time you downloaded the visual style, but you might want to update it by downloading the latest files.
AmenXX Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Really? That's odd.. I just downloaded it a couple days ago after a format.
Screenshot of my taskbar.
Both the xfire chat window and steam should be flashing because I received messages, but they're just the solid color.   I've tried reinstalling UXstyle and so on, but that's had no effect either.
Scope10 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Maybe you need to change some xfire and/or steam setting to enable the taskbar flashing. Use the default windows theme and see if it works with that before trying Penumbra.

It does work on my end:

Maybe you need to move the color slider of the theme all the way to the left, if you haven't already. That's how I have mine set.
AmenXX Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
I moved the bar all the way to the left, and now my Skype flashes which is great, but Xfire and Steam still do not..  I haven't the slightest clue what could be causing them to screw up.
Thank you for your help though, atleast Skype is working correctly now.
santelps Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
I liked everything is beautiful, but I would like regular taskbar changing color,
would be possible to leave explorer black and not black taskbar,
explorer black
taskbar not black
is it possible ??
Scope10 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've never seen a visual style that can do that, so I don't know. Working with changeable colors is a pain and can cause inconsistencies with the rest of the visual style, hence most people use static colors.
Aderic Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Is there any chance we could get a matching skin for Classic StartMenu?

The only thing I can do for the time being is use the eyedropper tool and try to replicate your skin.

It is very nice by the way. :)
Scope10 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I personally don't use any start menu program, so the chance of me making a skin for it is very small.
I prefer to use Launchy to launch my programs because it feels faster and has neat little plug-ins.
hackmau5 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
when i use panumbra, there the microsoft office word sheet is black not white. And i think there is good to use PenumbraW but some part change to be white part. maybe you can fix it
hackmau5 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
Can you change that to black? that will black when i use penumbra but there are so many ug at penumbra so i use penumbraW
Scope10 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That white color you see is the same that is used in Microsoft Word because they both use the same property. Changing that part to a black color will result in also changing the sheet color of Word, so the problem would still persist.
Blackleafdragon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Is it possible to install this on Windows 7?
Scope10 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No, it only works on Windows 8 and 8.1.
NNois Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Your theme is just the perfect one for VFX and 3D work, P E R F E C T.

But i have some rares glitchs, can i modify this theme with some sort of editor or do this is on your own ?

The More annoying is the bottom colors of the open / save / load windows, white spaces, white fonts...
Scope10 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The editor I use to make themes is called "Windows Style Builder" version BETA or You'll have to pick up a copy yourself in order to edit a visual style. The only thing is that the documentation about making themes is not that good.

About the white bottom color of the open/save/load windows, that is part of the window color, which is a general color used in the "W" version of penumbra 8. You could switch to the normal version, but that could make some parts of your program dark.
expirile Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Amazing theme, thanks! :)
SapioIT Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student General Artist
Why not on W7, too?
Oxydegozaru Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
For some reason spaces on the right side and the bottom appear when I open Firefox. -->
It also messes up with the auto-hidden taskbar and the FF context menu.

Thanks for the VS though!
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:

I personally use Pale Moon though, so you might want to try that and see if the problem still occurs.
Oxydegozaru Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Ah, thought so. Might just change my CSS. Thanks.
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!
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
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?
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.
Asagrim Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Thank you very much! I'm glad that works, I love what you did with this skin!
IzzuThug Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Wonderful job! I'm using it now!
Moorhuhnfreak Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Looks realy great but it causes some visual problems in other applications like firefox or chrome.
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
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.
darukuk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
windows style builder doesnt seem to support windows 8
Availz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It apparently does, as this whole visual style is made with it.
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
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.
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?
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.
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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