Radio buttons with XP skins

...and check-boxes too!

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by MagikGimp | Discussion: WindowBlinds

Hello everyone. Can somebody explain to me please what the problem is with radio buttons & check-boxes and XP skins in Windows 10? Clearly the work done to get very old skins to work on modern computers is a fantastic labour of love by all involved so it's sad to see that a skin is only 90% usable. It's hard for an ignoramus like me to see why this particular element of the OS (and those + buttons next to extendable menus to a lesser extent) throws WindowBlinds in such a spin. I would have assumed a workaround would be straightforward, relying on the original Windows elements in the same way as how the taskbar works.

I was just curious as a large part of skinning for me is the nostalgia so newer skins don't really interest me as much. I think a retro Windows 10 with pixel and tiny details looks a lot fresher today than a skin say 6 years old or something that just looks like ugly old Windows 7 (bracing for backlash!) with curves, shiny bits and oh so very dark colours!

Thanks for any insight (and possibly some new brainstorming on the matter?). Here's hoping at least.

Reply #1 Thursday, January 2, 2020 12:35 PM

Looking at Windows 10's default appearance, it's all square edges and pixels in a way itself so I think we have moved on from that Win 7 look. I reminds me of an old version of the Encarta encyclopedia when Microsoft skinned it all black and square. Looked lovely back then and so Win 10 is very reminiscent of that to me.

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