Windows 10 appearance

GregMcKim
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Yesterday I took a deep breath and upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10.   It was not quite as bad of an experience as I expected, but of course Microsoft graphic designers had to tweak the appearance (without asking consulting with me first - the nerve!).  Since their new start menu sucks, I installed Classic Shell.  However, I've not yet found a way to revise the various windows themes to my liking.  For instance, each window in an app now has giant hide/minimum/maximum buttons.  This might sound picky, but the size of those buttons really irritates me because they take a little extra space at the top of the app, and I value my space.  I don't even use them (keystrokes are faster).  The other thing is the color of the top section of Office apps.  It's now a lackluster gray with a fade.  It tried all types of themes to make change this to non-fade color of my choosing (Personalization etc.) but didn't find a solution.  All of the Personalization color themes I tried are even worse.  Any suggestions?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I do not use Classic Shell (no need). I use a Windows Classic theme, small icons on the Desktop and small icons on the Taskbar. All comes out well and looking like it should - very much like the way I had Windows 7.

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John.  The first thing I checked for after loading Win 10 was the Windows classic theme, but it's not present in Personalization/Themes.
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To get the Windows Classic theme you need to update to Build 1511 (big update). Themes were improved in Build 1511.
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According to this Microsoft: "The classic theme has been deprecated since Windows 8.0. It is not available in Windows 10 either."  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/search/result.aspx?q=windows%20classic%20theme%20for%20windows%2010

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I ran all updates immediately after installing.   How can I check to see if I have Build 1511?  By the way, thanks for your prompt responses!
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I used a Windows 10 theme, set for plain background, saved it, used small icons everywhere and my machine looks simple and effective.

To get Build 1511, you may have to wait for 30 days after the upgrade from Windows 7 in case you wish to return to Windows 7. Updating to Build 1511 prevents a roll back to Windows 7.

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I like, "simple and effective." :)  Thanks for the input.   I'll mark my calendar to get Build 1511 in 30 days.
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help.

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John,  I just checked my registry and found I have the following:

BuildLab 10586.th2_release.151121-2308
BuildLabEx 10586.17.amd64fre.th2_release.151121-2308

What is the Build 1511 I'm looking for?

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FYI: I found this under HKEY_LOCAL_Machine/ Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/Current Version
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Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run WinVer. What version do you get? If 10240, you are still on the first build. If 10586, then Build 1511 is installed

If you need to run Build 1511, you may be able to force it with Windows Update. I did this.

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I just did what you recommended and found I have Version 1511 (OS Build 10586.29).  Is this the Version I want?
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WinVer 10586.29 is the latest build as of now. If you did not overtly upgrade to Build 1511 (3 hours upgrade) then it must have upgraded overnight when the machine was on.

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