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APPOWS 2014 by neiio APPOWS 2014 by neiio
Welcome to the return of Appows for your Windows 8 and 8.1 desktop.


Update 1 | 01/10/14 fixed miss aligned caption buttons for some users.


To get started you'll first need to make sure your system is patched to accept themes.
I recommend using for a user friendly install.

Here is a more in depth article on installing Visual Styles or Themes.
How to Install Custom Themes by neiio

Once your system is patched it's time to install the themes.
Place the contents of the downloaded 'themes' folder into your 
'WindowsResourcesThemes' folder.
You should then be able to see your themes installed if you right click on your desktop and select 'personalize' from the menu.  There you'll be able to choose which them you wish to use.

Some special instructions for Windows 8.1 users, there is an included registry hack to modify the caption text to blank.  Make sure to use it.

Also most of the themes are borderless, which means you'll have to use this handy tool, WinaeroGlass found at…
You'll have to reload it each time you change styles.  I found creating a shortcut to it in my Programs Startup folder to be usefull.

Also for a more minimal look try using Ribbon Disabler for Windows 8 found here
Ribbon Disabler for Windows 8 by hb860 it also works on 8.1.

If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask.

See the original for Windows 7 here

APPOWS by neiio

Comments and +fav's more than welcome!

Bullet; Green Jamie Green aka neiio.
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ProjectIcon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
Please make this for Windows 10!!
ScatteredOsyx Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah that would be awesome, especially Dusk :happybounce:
(While the current one works for Win10, it still need some fixes :)
drmohamed4070 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Perfect always :) (Smile) 
Ignocent Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
What music player is that?
EdwardCL Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Rodrigo619 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Is Awesome but is there any way to add the address bar?
santynike Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
used this theme with win 7 i love it. is there any way to add the address bar to the peek version?
LordMayorem Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Neiio, from all the themes there are out there, I have always loved your work the most. I think I have been running your themes for over 5 years, so thanks! 
If anybody's interested, I have created this very simple chrome theme to work with Appows. With this theme the color of the application toolbars/tabs fits the color of Windows Explorer, especially with Appows Lite & Nite.…
LordMayorem Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Oh and I know you probably don't do requests and all,  but there is just one thing which doesn't make Lite & Nite perfect, that is that they have borderless windows. Some applications, such as Chrome and Firefox, just don't really fit in, which is a shame. Also, the WinAero program breaks Spotify, so I can't really use it.
waheedwrk Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
awesome, can you please make the fonts colors full black for appows lite.
EnigmAxAvengeR Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome theme, however Haze, Lite, and Nite doesn't have a context menu for start menu.
liuwar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Awesome but please add the address bar in Peek, Dusk and Haze themes...
xGaary Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Can you add compatibility for DPI scaled display? I have DPI scaling at 125% and the navigation buttons aren't skinned as a result of that.
Raubmuecke Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Thx =)
midhul Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
With Windows 8.1 update 1 start menu right click context disappears on applying this theme ..
P.S Fix it.. between awesome theme mate...! = )
midhul Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
There is a problem with windows8.1 theme..! The context menu in win8.1 update wont appear on applying this theme.. !
P.S fix t asap ! ^.^
Jaujuki Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I really like the 'Appows Dusk' theme but it doesn't have the 'go up' folder button.
DeadElbow Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Absolutely beautiful!
One question though: Is there a way to keep the search/address bar when using the "Peek" variant?
RandomUsernamexD Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Love your themes! I am using Ribbon Disabler though and I want the Win7 Explorer bar. How do I get it back? Also, there are some white spaces in the Control Panel, could you please fix this?
RandomUsernamexD Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
BTW, I'm on the latest Win8.1 Update.
jamijam Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist
I had the windows 7 version on my old laptop.. I'm glad you made an 8.1 version! Thank you so much!
YourCamelIsFat Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
I'm begging you, please, release a version with Nite's color changed from that pale yellow to a pure white, or at least show me how to do it so I can.

xela49 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
I love the work you've done! :D
It's probably a huge investement! Thanks!

I just have a single question: when I applyed the theme, my windows office (word, excel...) theme goes black as well:…
Any way to solve this issue please?
Heimdyll Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I had the same issue on Windows 7. I use Google Drive now more than anything. It might be considered wasteful to not use your Office suite, but Google can do most of what Office Word, Excel, and Powerpoint can.
YourCamelIsFat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
PLEASE make the secondary color on Appows Nite plain white instead of yellow.
I would really appreciate it, this shade of yellow looks a bit like Windows 95's color scheme and also messes up a lot of programs' UIs that count on users to have plain #ffffff 255, 255, 255 white.
YourCamelIsFat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Where would I find it using Windows Style Builder?
Authenticus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Great work! Many thanks! :)
IanWoods Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Perfect, the work you put in to this must of been huge. thank you.
TheHawk002 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I love this theme just as I did on Windows 7!
Just wondering though will you have an "Address + Search Band" mod as last time because in my opinion it's quite annoying to don't have them.
Is it possible to have a version without taskbar theme?
Thank you for all your work!
Unvious Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Hi, I love your themes but I'm having an issue using Appows, the same as tunabolism, the title bar text can't be read, before appows I was using Work and didn't have that problem. Is there any way to fix this?
Naomishon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Not that I know of. I just installed the blank font type included so it didn't show all weird like it was highlighted, bugged the hell out of me. The most annoying thing IMO is how the navigation/address bar in windows and in internet explorer is GONE on the Dusk, Haze, and Peek versions... and I think the dark themes are just a little to dark for my taste, but other than that it's the best looking theme I know of.
Naomishon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Why is it that only on the Dusk and Peek versions the Navigation bar is gone?!?! It would be great if it were possible to turn it on as I like the two all black themes.
skiOurosblOOm Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Can you tell me where i can change the colour of preview panel of the explorer in the WSB mate?
I am looking everywhere and i can't find it... :(
It is supposed to be at Explorer & Shell - Explorer - Preview Panel or i am looking somewhere else?

tunabolism Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
looks great! i just have a question is there anyway to edit the title bar text color?
mllkman Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Best 8.1 theme. Thank You.
voivskopp Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Awesome. Awesome to the max.
Oreice Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Superb work mate i love every single theme :3
swiggetysweg Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
When I click on the theme from "installed themes" it doesn't work.  It makes all the buttons real bulky and doesn't look like its suppose to at all.
patricklsl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I really love this theme but WinAerolGlass will break my Spotify :( I've searched everywhere but no luck finding the perfect theme for my win8.1 :(
comradezhukov Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
This is flat out beautiful. I can't remember the last time my Windows desktop looked better than my Linux desktop.

Thank you much!
SV84 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
great work... :clap:
Jouten-XII Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
It's a bit jarring that the address/search bar is gone from Peek when the 2010 version has it...
waynemcleod Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
This is the best theme ever ! abslotey Awesome!!! great work thanks for sharing this perfect art
rissol Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014

Can you point the wallpaper or the pattern that appears in the avepreview and cad, plz ?
neiio Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
AON by fate0000
neiio Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Doh sorry, I messed that up.  I don't think I have it anymore.
rissol Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Hey no prob :) thanks
soxfor Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
WoW! Many thanks! Well done! Used it 24/7 on Win7 Desktop, I'll be sure to try it on Win8.1.
xGaary Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Hey, I found a problem that makes it impossible for me to use this theme. Not sure if this is an issue with W8.1 but the "background tint" (colour of explorer background) applies not only to window backgrounds but to other applications' backgrounds as well. For example, OneNote looks like this: 

I use OneNote all the time so that makes it impossible for me to use this theme. Some of the variants have lighter tints but still not white which is annoying. I don't know anything about theming but is there any way you could change the colour of window backgrounds only and leave other stuff alone? If not, can you release non-coloured backgrounds variants of your theme? Thanks.

xGaary Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Hey, everything works great except for the navigation icons (back, forward, refresh, etc). I tried other themes as well and the navigation icons never change for me. Anyone have any idea how to solve it? 

Windows 8.1
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