It is very obvious that dark styled or black themes for Windows are very common these days and that happens with a reason: they look very good and they’re not as harmful for the eyes as the light ones are. I’ve put in this article 7 of the best dark visual styles.
To install a visual theme you have to patch your uxtheme.dll with different programs or you can easily overwrite it and then download StyleXP and load the theme with it.
To view screenshots and/or download the visual styles click on the title or on the preview images.
Author’s comment: “”Go to “C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes” and create a new folder called “LE Black”.
Put the *.msstyle into that folder.
To use this theme you need to patch the Windows system file uxtheme.dll. You can read about how to do that here
If you want to use the included Logon place ‘logonui_black.exe’ in C:\ and run the included logonui_install.reg.”
Author’s comment: “A visual style/theme for Windows. Based off “Noir”, the windowsblind/litestep theme by Morph, which was then ported by Labtec/Ne0 as “Noir Port”. Credit goes where credit is due, thanks guys. Included original shellstyle.dll and two fonts which may help view the style better.”
Author’s comment: “The system dll files wont work on x64 machines and i have sp1 on mine so i think maybe they doesnt work if u don’t have sp1″
Author’s comment: “Based upon the look and style of Nintendo’s next-generation games console, Wii™ — Being released this fall
I’ve tried to immitate the look of the Wii as much as I can. The Start Menu has the most obvious resemblance to the actual hardware of the Wii. Everything else sticks to the same style – in this case: black, sleek and clean. Which is broken up with the contrasting colour, cyan.”
Author’s comment: “This may not be a very usable theme compared to my other ones. I would say that it’s more of an experimental theme from my side. It’s not a theme for those with darkened vision.
I’ve always wanted to create a dark theme like this, but many of my attempts so far have failed. I tried something different in this one.”
“- This visual style is only compatible with Windows XP (?)
(after reading info, please download the patch tool from here)
- It contains three substyles (Concave Dark , Concave Light and Concave Compound)
- It has compact and full start menus
- Top shellstyle
- Styler Toolbar skins included (you can also download them here)
- Wallpapers included”
Author’s comment: “ebupof made a black version for GTK:
Decided to port it to XP too. This version has 2 colors, Blue and Orange.”
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