The Windows Classic Theme (Updated)
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The Windows Classic Theme (Updated)

Updated May 28, 2020 by SemoB


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Digicoma
Comment #21 Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:03 AM

I very much appreciate this theme.  I'm always looking for good retro skins and am pleased when someone posts a good one.  This is in fact a good one; so thanks!

 

MatsilagiMK2
Comment #22 Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:10 PM

btw, are you sure you uploaded the right file? It says updated, but still returns only the WBA instead of a zip like it (assumedly) should be, with the extras and updated theme.

dmarshn
Comment #23 Friday, May 29, 2020 7:40 PM

Thank you both. I've updated the skin now to include a themed Win7/Start10 Start Menu as promised. I've also included some extra optional goodies after confirming with a mod that I can upload these. Please give it a go and let me know how it goes!


I downloaded the latest version, but like others have said, it does not seem to include the implied updates.

The start menu does not seem to fit the theme, and uses a blue tone of gray with a vista styled UI. I do see a modern and colorable version of the theme, is that the extra optional goodies?

dmarshn
Comment #24 Friday, June 5, 2020 7:27 PM

Please let me know if you still intend on adding a start menu update. Otherwise I will get started on skinning it myself.

NetscapeUserChill85
Comment #25 Saturday, June 27, 2020 2:23 AM

SemoB! 

Thank you so much for creating this!! This looks amazing! If I may make a suggestion. I was getting this skin to really look like Windows 98. One thing that makes Windows 98, it's unique look was the quick launch. You can add the quick launch in the toolbar, however, when adding the quick launch with the small icons setting for the taskbar, the quick launch icons are raised up on the taskbar and not in the middle. If you can fix that so it is in the middle and not raise up (like you would see it when the taskbar uses the normal size icons) then this would be a 100% perfection!  Also, I tried recoloring the UI, and it doesn't change it. Is that something you are still working on? Anyway, once again, this is amazing! Good job! 

 

UPDATE (June 30th 2020):  I noticed that when switching to dark mode on taskbar, the quick launch icons are correct! So it just needs an adjustment on the light mode. I like using light mode because I don't mind using the windows 10 start menu the light mode blends better with the 98 gray color. Plus then the other system tray icons are black. So somehow the quick launch icons are off with the light them but normal on dark mode for the taskbar. 

_koiboi
Comment #26 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 3:10 PM

This skin is really rad. If you could make a Windows 2000 looking version however, I would honestly cry with joy.

NetscapeUserChill85
Comment #27 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 8:59 PM

This skin is really rad. If you could make a Windows 2000 looking version however, I would honestly cry with joy.

 

2000 is very close to Windows 98. Basically, if the skins were recolored: 

Active Title Bar colors:  R:10, G:36, B:106      Gradient: R:, 166, G: 202, B:240

Default Background Blue: R:58, G:110, B:165

The rest of the Windows color (The overall gray color for taskbar, Windows, borders...etc...) R:212, G:208, :200

That would basically be it for 2000. 

 

SemoB
Comment #28 Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:53 PM

btw, are you sure you uploaded the right file? It says updated, but still returns only the WBA instead of a zip like it (assumedly) should be, with the extras and updated theme.

Please let me know if you still intend on adding a start menu update. Otherwise I will get started on skinning it myself.

Hello both, thank you for your comments. I apologise for the delay. I've been having some issues with uploading the update. I've been trying to sort it out with WinCustomize support for a while now but I've not yet been able to reach a solution. I will definitely update it as soon as this is sorted.

SemoB!  Thank you so much for creating this!! This looks amazing! If I may make a suggestion. I was getting this skin to really look like Windows 98. One thing that makes Windows 98, it's unique look was the quick launch. You can add the quick launch in the toolbar, however, when adding the quick launch with the small icons setting for the taskbar, the quick launch icons are raised up on the taskbar and not in the middle. If you can fix that so it is in the middle and not raise up (like you would see it when the taskbar uses the normal size icons) then this would be a 100% perfection!  Also, I tried recoloring the UI, and it doesn't change it. Is that something you are still working on? Anyway, once again, this is amazing! Good job!    UPDATE (June 30th 2020):  I noticed that when switching to dark mode on taskbar, the quick launch icons are correct! So it just needs an adjustment on the light mode. I like using light mode because I don't mind using the windows 10 start menu the light mode blends better with the 98 gray color. Plus then the other system tray icons are black. So somehow the quick launch icons are off with the light them but normal on dark mode for the taskbar.

Thanks for your feedback. Would you be able to show me screenshots of the issue you're having? I can't seem to be able to replicate it on my computer.

NetscapeUserChill85
Comment #29 Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:20 PM

Hey no worries! Thanks for the reply. 

 

I noticed the same thing happens if I use the "desktop" toolbar as well, but I am not worried about that just the quick launch. 

 

To get the quick launch in Windows 10. 

 

Right mouse click on taskbar. Select "Toolbar" Then select "New Toolbar" Then Enter 

"%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch" Press select Folder. 

 

Right mouse click over the quick launch. Make sure lock the taskbar is unchecked. Also uncheck "Show Text and Show Title"  

Mmm...I haven't figured out how to add images...because I made screenshots...I l clicked on the plus sign and put in the source...but nothing shows up? 

 

SemoB
Comment #30 Thursday, July 9, 2020 1:46 PM

Hey no worries! Thanks for the reply.    I noticed the same thing happens if I use the "desktop" toolbar as well, but I am not worried about that just the quick launch.    To get the quick launch in Windows 10.    Right mouse click on taskbar. Select "Toolbar" Then select "New Toolbar" Then Enter  "%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch" Press select Folder.    Right mouse click over the quick launch. Make sure lock the taskbar is unchecked. Also uncheck "Show Text and Show Title"   Mmm...I haven't figured out how to add images...because I made screenshots...I l clicked on the plus sign and put in the source...but nothing shows up?

I see what you mean. Strange. I will investigate it over the next couple of days and see what I find out.

NetscapeUserChill85
Comment #31 Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:38 PM

Hey no worries! Thanks for the reply.    I noticed the same thing happens if I use the "desktop" toolbar as well, but I am not worried about that just the quick launch.    To get the quick launch in Windows 10.    Right mouse click on taskbar. Select "Toolbar" Then select "New Toolbar" Then Enter  "%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch" Press select Folder.    Right mouse click over the quick launch. Make sure lock the taskbar is unchecked. Also uncheck "Show Text and Show Title"   Mmm...I haven't figured out how to add images...because I made screenshots...I l clicked on the plus sign and put in the source...but nothing shows up? I see what you mean. Strange. I will investigate it over the next couple of days and see what I find out.
Awesome! Thanks! I appreciate it! 

Occean
Comment #32 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:12 AM

Hallo SemoB,

thank you so much for this retro Skin! Windows 98se was my first OS I was going online in 2001  

Have a nice day and stay healthy  

 

Daniel

SoaPMusic
Comment #33 Thursday, July 23, 2020 3:43 PM

Hey SemoB, I have been looking for a way to do this for a long time and your theme works very well on my setup. I've made the registry edits to bring back some older Windows features and I've replaced most of the Windows system sounds. For some reason, my clock in my taskbar doesn't look right compared to yours, and I'm very curious how you themed your OpenShell version. I cannot activate the classic embossing of the other windows or the taskbar in OpenShell without the original classic theme, last used officially in Win7. I have not yet implemented the registry edit you mentioned involving 3D borders on immersive menus. I cannot seem to find a tutorial for this. Another problem I have so far is implementing the theme (or WinCustomize in general) on the Brave internet browser. I was wondering if you would be willing to share any tips with me on these things. I love your theme and I hope to continue using it until I can just make my own modern version of Windows 2000.

raclark
Comment #34 Thursday, July 30, 2020 8:12 AM

Wish this was in the new Curtains app!

SoaPMusic
Comment #35 Sunday, August 23, 2020 1:14 PM

I'm curious if there is a way to convert this theme to the Curtains app format. I am not familiar enough with the formats yet.

JDMcressiDa
Comment #36 Sunday, September 6, 2020 3:58 PM

How is the progress on adding the start menu?  I tried installing OpenShell to customize the start menu, which worked, but it would then break the taskbar by having the background of the taskbar be windows default and only the icons for applications and the start button be in theme.  Uninstalling OpenShell fixes this, but then I have the default start menu again.  Do you know of a way to fix this, or should I wait for the update for the windowblinds version?  Thanks

MajidPasha
Comment #37 Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:15 AM

GREAT Theme. Could you please provide the .msstyles format?

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