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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:…

- 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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jman1080p Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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 3 days ago  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 3 days ago
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?
Scope10 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  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.
dpression Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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
Scope10 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  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.
stef9999 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  New member
right click menu on metro tiles doesn't work with this theme :(
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.
sereft Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2014
Great VS. Quick question though, is there any way to disable the command bar?
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…. You don't need to edit the shellstyle in SysWOW64 & system32 folders since you're using a third party theme.
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