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Chameleon for 8-v2 by gsw953onDA Chameleon for 8-v2 by gsw953onDA

I have updated this theme to be run with OldNewExplorer…
This allow the theme to change the white Control Panel images
and it can also be used to disable the ribbon,plus a few more cool tweaks
you can red more about it…

There is now 2 themes in the download
1 for use with 8.1
and another one that is for 8.1 with StartIsBack or for 8 with or without StartIsBack


The Chameleon series for Win7 has been very popular here
with over 40,000 downloads!

The theme it's self is a modded version of my UC8,it is mostly
the COLOR CHANGING option that is new,that and it can be fully

Your system must be patched to allow the use of 3rd party themes
I use this…

To install copy the c8 folder and the c8.theme file for the theme folder in
the download to C:WindowsResourcesThemes
Now right click on your desktop and from the context menu choose Personalize
and choose Chameleon for 8.

It will load as a black theme.
Now to add main color
Run Black Glass…
Normally on Win 7 this is used for transparency but in this case I'm first using it to get
the Explorer backgrond to change
For this app to begin working all Explorer windows
need to be closed and reopened so close the Personalize window and reopen it.

Now go to the Color tab,once in there choose any color you want and fine tune it
using the "color mixer"
For even more colors and better control try…

If you want to have the full transparent effect with blur you will also need to run Aero…
It is only in beta but is being improved almost daily!

oh and I was unable to get the Ribbon 100% themed at this time
So you will might want to run Ribbon Disabler…

Other credits and links
The font is
As usual my icons are Token…

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Anonymous1605 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  New member
ok when i use the black glass enhanced it works but when i take my laptop off of charge it changes back and blurs how can i fix this? i checked my power settings but cant find the issue there
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you need to enable Aero Glass to work on battery
Anonymous1605 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  New member
im new to window 8.1 so how can i do that?
Jak523826 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Awesome! i must confess! you are good with themes man, was just looking for a full glass theme for my windows 8.1 PC and you've enabled me to have one of the best, would have loved it more if the thickness of the windows were just like it was in the windows 7 version, this one is thin and it makes the coloring something else. all the same its good and am grateful.  
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks,when I get some free time I will do a direct port of the 7 version
or maybe you could ask either or
if they could do it,they are both very good at porting 7 themes over to 8
Jak523826 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
ok, will be expecting your own, but i the mean time i will also asked the ones you've suggested, am grateful man thanks for the links too.  
jrsall92 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome theme!!! the only problem is that I get a glossy-like start bar between the start button and the up arrow right next to the notification area... any help?

also, what font are you using?? I like them!
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you have your taskbar set to small icons?
I will have to fix that,for now you could just switch to normal size
which should remove that glossy part.

I can't remember the font now,I think it was NeoGrey
I use option 3 of this method to change fonts…
jrsall92 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I just found out that moving the taskbar to the top of the screen fixes the glossy part (and works better for me :P ) and thanks for the fonts!!
downpat2012 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Artist
I would want the ribbon to change automatically along with the color and border frames would this visual style allow that to happen or is there a way to add your own image for ribbon background Im asking im a semi newbie ,where is the ribbon background image in res hack or wsb  or is it an explorer image or shell 32? and I like this VS so I was going to combine it with the Clear 3.0 full glass Vs but keep my ribbon ...its just I want to change the color of it or add my own image as the ribbon background..i noticed someone asked how did you change the color and you refered them to this theme but didn't answer how to change the color ...if you can help thanks i'm a compulsive themer lol
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