Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Windows Classic Theme On Windows 8.

In this video I show you how to get the Windows Classic Theme that is in Windows 7 and Windows Vista on Windows 8.

High Contrast Theme-Fix Websites Display Problem In Firefox.

This applies to all versions of Windows.

When you are using High Contrast Theme in Windows, sometimes webpages do not display properly.
Here is how to fix this if you are having this problem.

In Firefox you change your settings to "Never display system colors."

In Google Chrome this issue is not present as it can display websites in all theme settings.
But there is no fix for this in Internet Explorer. I have not been able to fix this anyway.

In this video I show you how to sort this if you face this problem in Firefox or in other Firefox based browsers.

How To Get The Windows 7 Classic Theme On Windows 8.

Microsoft  have removed the Windows Classic theme that was in Windows 7 and previous versions of Windows from Windows 8. But the High Contrast themes are still there which disables the Aero or Windows Basic themes as they are now called. Which will give you the classic look and work in the same way as Windows Classic does.

So here is how.

Right click on your desktop and click "personalize."

This opens the themes settings as shown here in the picture.

Themes menu on 8.

You will then see all of the themes including High Contrast themes.
Select one of the High Contrast themes and save it.

I have selected High Contrast White but you can use one of the other High Contrast themes if you want.

High Contrast theme menu where you can change the system colors.

You can also change the desktop background.

You will see a new options menu shown above with additional customization settings. Which are not available in Windows 8 Basic Mode but are when you change to High Contrast. And from here you can change various things such as the taskbar, text and windows color. to whatever you want.

Windows Classic Theme on my Windows 8.

This is the Windows Classic theme on Windows 8. It looks almost like Windows 7's Classic.

Windows Classic theme on Windows 7.

Here is the Windows 8 Classic theme which I have made by changing both the taskbar and desktop background color to look like Windows 7's Classic.

As you can see it looks very much like the Classic theme on Windows 7 and Vista. Notice the show desktop icon in the bottom right hand corner just like on Windows 7 is now displayed when you switch to High Contrast.

You can also customize your "Classic Theme" further by changing the Windows background to whatever you want and adding wallpaper.

Also you can change the system sound and mouse pointers.

My Classic theme on Windows 8. As you can see it is very close to the one on Windows 7.

Windows 8- What I call "Classic" mode with wallpaper.

Here is Windows Explorer and Control Panel with blue pages!

One of the themes I created I think it looks good. As you can see it looks a lot like the Windows Classic theme on Windows 7 with my lemon desktop.

Windows 7.
All of the apps including the Start Screen still works in High Contrast mode.

One thing you may need to do is to change your web browser settings  in disable system colors so that web pages display normally. Because sometimes this is disabled when you switch to High Contrast Theme.

But this is not a problem and my next video shows you how to do this.

See post here.

So it is possible to get the Windows Classic look back in Windows 8 and 8.1. It's not exactly the same as the "Real Windows Classic" on Windows 7 but very close to it.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Make Windows 7 And 8 Look Like Windows XP.

You can no longer disable the Metro Theme in Windows 8 as you could in the Beta version.
But you can still have both the start menu and the look of Windows XP or even Windows 7.
You can get this by installing Classic Shell which I think looks the most like Windows XP. Then install the Windows XP wallpaper to give it that XP look and feel.

Channel Screensaver On Windows 8.

The Active Channel Screensaver that was in Windows 95 was in every version of Windows right up to Windows ME. Then Microsoft dropped it from Windows XP and later editions.
But you can get it back by copying the screensaver from Windows 95 or Windows 2000 onto Windows 8. 

Channel screensaver works in every later version of Windows I have tried it on but not Windows 7. I don't know why that is. But it is working on Windows 8 and also Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Windows XP Photo Viewer On Windows 8.

Miss the old Windows Picture Viewer from Windows XP? Here is a way to get it back on Windows and and this also works on Windows 7.

Windows XP Picture and Fax Viewer is on Windows XP but was discontinued in Windows Vista and replaced in Windows 7 and 8 with Windows Photo Viewer.

Although I like the Windows 7 Photo Viewer I also like the Windows XP one.
I came saw this post on Techguy Forums that explains how to get it working on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

So here is how to install it on Windows 8 and Windows 7.
First you need to go to Windows XP or a computer that has XP on it.

On Windows XP.

Go to C/Windows/System32 folder.

Copy  Shimvw.dll file from XP.

Then copy or transfer the file onto Windows 7 or 8.

On Windows 7 or 8.

Then place it in the Windows Folder on Windows 8 or Windows 7.

As shown in image:

Place the dill file in the Windows folder on Windows 8.

The Shimvw.dll file  from XP must be placed in the Windows Folder not in System 32 for it to work.

This is because the System32 folder on Windows 7 and 8 already has the Windows 7 version of Shimvw.dll. So if you put the XP one in there it will over right it. So the XP file must be in the Windows folder for it to work.

Then copy the following code:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers]



@="C:\\Windows\\System32\\rundll32.exe C:\\Windows\\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1"



@="C:\\Windows\\System32\\rundll32.exe C:\\Windows\\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1"



@="C:\\Windows\\System32\\rundll32.exe C:\\Windows\\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1"



@="C:\\Windows\\System32\\rundll32.exe C:\\Windows\\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1"



@="C:\\Windows\\System32\\rundll32.exe C:\\Windows\\shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen %1"

Paste the above code in Notepad and save it as a registry file.
By typing XP7.reg when it prompts you to save the file.

Restart your computer and XP Photo Viewer will now work.

Here is the forum link where I found out how to do this.

Windows Picture Viewer now appears in list of programs .

Windows XP Picture Viewer works on both Windows 7 and 8 and also Windows 8.1. But does not work on Windows Vista, despite my best efforts to try to get it working.
Probably because the system on Vista is slightly different to Windows 7 in that it already has Windows Photo Gallery, which replaced the Photo Viewer. So that could be why the XP Photo Viewer cannot does not work on there.

But it certainly does work on Windows 7 and 8 and will run alongside the Windows 7 Photo Viewer.

The Windows XP Photo Viewer is an earlier version of  W7 Photo Viewer.
Well I think so anyway.

Windows XP Picture Viewer on Windows 8.

Windows XP Picture And Fax Viewer on Windows 8.

Get Back Outlook Express On Windows 7 And 8.

If you have used Windows XP before moving to Windows 7 you will remember Outlook Express. That's the email client that was bundled with Windows XP and also the versions of Windows that came before XP.

But was dropped in Windows Vista and replaced with Windows Mail.
Through it is possible to get Windows Mail working again on both Windows 7 and 8 this was not the case with Outlook Express. At least I had thought not.

Until now that is. When I came across this post on a website which the author of the website Wicky Hue explained that Outlook Express can run on Windows 7 and 8.
with the help of a program called Detours, which lets you edit the dll files so that they are compatible with Windows 7.

And it also enables you to extract the Outlook Express program files from Windows XP then transfer them onto Windows 7 or 8. Then run protected storage so that you can set up your emails.
Then to get the stationary which come with OE go to your programs folder on Windows XP.Then go to Microsoft common files where the stationary folder is. Then drop it in the same folder on Windows 7/8. If there is no such folder then create one.

As editing the dll files is too complicated for me I just download the program files that the author has provided on his website and I now have Outlook Express working on my Windows 8 and it also works on Windows 7. But I could not get it to run on Windows Vista for some reason.

But it works fine on  all of the later versions of Windows and as you can see in my pictures of my computer, OE is working on my Windows 8.

So if you miss the old Outlook Express on Windows 7 and 8 you can now get it back.

Many thanks to Wicky Hue for making this possible and sharing with us.

His post and files are on his website here-

Simple.Net Website-

Windows 8 with Outlook Express.

Outlook Express running on Windows 8.