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Classic AE 2.5 Final by Saarineames Classic AE 2.5 Final by Saarineames
Classic AE 2.5/2.5.1 (Gray) for Windows 7

A Classic visual style with Aero enhancements.

Version 2.5 (User picture frame on the start menu)
Version 2.5.1 (No user picture frame)

Four substyles for each version number included are standard, flat menus (FM), alternate menus (AM) and alternate flat menus (AFM).

Added two new substyles with alternate menus (AM), and alternate flat menus (AFM).
Alternate menus have vertical separators, a "gutter" section and different spacing than the Classic AE menus. See the enclosed images for reference.
Ideal for Firefox users as it fixes some minor alignment issues with the browser's drop-down menus, or just for a different menu experience altogether.

*Blue version 2.5.3 now available: [link]

Update (12/20/2013) [Visual styles]

Adjusted taskband buttons transparency for smoother hover. [All styles]
Adjusted and improved menus (gutter) for AM and AFM substyles.

Update (11/27/2013) [Visual styles] [Upgrade]

New workaround for taskband flash which greatly improves visiblity. [Important]
See Taskband Flash Revision note for more details.

Adjusted Taskband Thumbnail ListItem states to a more classic style guideline.
Adjusted default AltTab states to a more classic style guideline.

Update (10/28/2013)

Adjusted progress bar/taskband color green, all styles.
Adjusted start menu places list for 2.5.1 styles.
Adjusted bitmap included with ExplorerFrame mod resources.

Update (05/29/2013)

Adjusted folderband buttons keyfocused state (focus rectangle) for keyboard navigation. [Visual styles]
Added keyfocused states (focus rectangle) for keyboard navigation. [ExplorerFrame Mod]

- Full updates list in enclosed notes.


Previous notes of importance:

This version is compatible with standard explorer start orb, or custom classic start buttons.
Complete button set for explorer.exe to support all DPI settings included. Use bitmaps, or single .res file to update.

Note: For IE9/IE10 users, make sure to enable "Show tabs on a separate row" option for consistency.

Supports all DPI settings.

Added shell32.dll UIFILE mod for 'classic style' Navigation/Category Panel (optional).
Added Alt+Tab Classic Style Icons .reg to the package. Thanks to Sevenforums.


Please respect my work with no rips/alterations. Personal mods are ok.

2010-13 by Saarineames (SAAR).

Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
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Can anyone remember the name of the VS that was released a little before this one?  I remember it having an odd name, but it was basically the Classic theme with a tweaks/hacks that used less resources.  Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
PLEASE I beg you, port this to Windows 8, I miss it :((
I will let you know if a Win8 version is happening. Cheers.
Please do :) Thank you!
Best. Theme. Ever.
Thanks! Much appreciated. I just updated the visual style a few minutes ago.
Great. This is how the Windows UI should be :-)

One strange thing however. For some reason I can not get the theme working on the Dutch version of Windows 7. Windows just switches to its own Classic view (no acceleration, no Aero features). No idea why. On my own US systems it works fine. Would like to get it to work on Dutch systems as well. Many people I know still love the clean Classic look.
Dutch install has the files patched to use custom visual styles?
I've tried manually patching the three dll's and I've tried UxStyle.
Try Universal Theme Patcher v1.5 [link]

This also gives you confirmation of successfully patched files.
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