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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.

Much time and effort when into creating this for Windows 8 & 8.1, so please consider including it in your :+fav:s, as well as leaving a comment.  See the original for Windows 7 here
APPOWS2010 by neiio

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jamijam 16 hours ago  Hobbyist
I had the windows 7 version on my old laptop.. I'm glad you made an 8.1 version! Thank you so much!
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.

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?
Wazer95 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.
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.
Where would I find it using Windows Style Builder?
Great work! Many thanks! :)
IanWoods Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Perfect, the work you put in to this must of been huge. thank you.
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!
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?
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