I remember when Microsoft first came out with Windows Vista and they introduced the Aero theme. One of the computers I had at that time didn’t have the graphics chip needed to support the Aero interface in all its splendor. Going back and using the Windows Basic theme was rather depressing because not only did it look clunky, but you couldn’t even customize the color.




Well, Windows 8 users opting to use the Windows Basic theme may not be disappointed. Microsoft has quietly reworked the Windows Basic theme so that it looks more like the Aero counterpart, and you can even change its color. This is what the out-of-the-box Windows 8 Basic theme looks like with no color adjustment:

Windows 8 basic theme default

That default color scheme isn’t terrible, but is a little too bright for my taste. As you can see in the screenshot there are all kinds of other color presets available, and if you scroll down a little further in the window there is also a color mixer available to customize the hue, saturation, and brightness.

Here are some screenshots from all the different presets that are available (Twilight is my favorite):

Sky:

Windows 8 basic theme sky

 

Twilight:

Windows 8 basic theme twilight

 

Sea:

Windows 8 basic theme sea

 

Leaf:

Windows 8 basic theme leaf

 

Lime:

Windows 8 basic theme lime

 

Sun:

Windows 8 basic theme sun

 

Pumpkin:

Windows 8 basic theme pumpkin

 

Ruby:

Windows 8 basic theme ruby

 

Fuchsia:

Windows 8 basic theme fuchsia

 

Blush:

Windows 8 basic theme blush

 

Violet:

Windows 8 basic theme violet

 

Lavender:

Windows 8 basic theme lavender

 

Taupe:

Windows 8 basic theme taupe

 

Slate:

Windows 8 basic theme slate

 

Frost:

Windows 8 basic theme frost

 

Download the Windows 8 Developer Preview