- This article is about the Windows Basic theme used on Windows Vista and 7. For the Windows Basic theme included in Windows 8 and later operating systems, see Aero Lite.
|Microsoft Windows visual style|
|Included in||Windows Vista and later|
|First seen in||build 5048|
Windows Basic is the main theme on Windows Vista and Windows 7 Starter edition (where Windows Aero does not exist). It may also be used when the Aero theme is not working or to provide compatibility with older programs. The Basic theme can be used on Windows 8/8.1 when
dwm.exe is not running. This theme is also present in the Preinstallation Environments of Windows 8 through 11 and in MDI child windows, and is also available in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 as a part of the optional "Desktop Experience" feature.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Windows Vista[edit | edit source]
Basic theme on Windows Vista build 5048
Basic theme on Windows Vista build 5098
Basic theme on Windows Vista build 5270
Basic theme on Windows Vista build 5466
Basic theme on Windows Vista RTM
Windows 8 and later[edit | edit source]
Basic theme on Windows 8.1 build 9457 after disabling
dwm.exeusing Ctrl+⇧ Shift+F9.
Basic theme in Microsoft Management Console sub-windows in Windows 10
Basic theme in WinPE based on Windows 11 build 22000.1