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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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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.
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