Windows 8 build 6.2.8431 VS port for Windows 7

Today's grand update is the Windows 8 build 6.2.8431 VS port for Windows 7 again by my friend PainteR.

So, this is a yet another greate work and it featured with

  • 98% of the resources are ported from the original builds of Windows 8.
  • (The rest is what is lacking or there is simply inaccessible was painted about the color scheme of VSes).
  • Styles supports all DPI.
  • There is a complete basic (simplified) style based on the resources of Aero.
  • Start Menu (right side) does not truncate long labels. An error is characteristic of most third-party themes.
  • Included wallpapers of the original builds of Windows 8.
  • The small size of the basic style - 645 KB
  • Included styles from the initial stage of development to the current builds (7850-8400).
  • Includes additional resources from the builds (Font, branding, "Start" button, avatars).

PainteR has implemented separate Aero coloring mode - like in latest Windows 8 builds. As you may know, Microsoft has separated colors for taskbar and windows, so this theme port follows Microsoft's ideas.

Microsoft has 99.9% finished work about Windows 8 visual style, so you can consider Windows 8 build 6.2.8431 VS port for Windows 7 as Windows 8 RTM VS for Windows 7.


TakeOwnershipEx can be used to obtain full access to files and folders on your computer. As you may know, in modern versions of Windows the default owner of most files is TrustedInstaller, and all users have read-only access (in most cases). TakeOwnershipEx allows users of the  "administrators" group to become owners of files or folders with one click. It gives full access permissions too.

Latest TakeOwnershipEx version is 1.2, see full change log below

Download Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner

Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner.

Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner has been superseded by Winaero Tweaker and is no longer being maintained. Unlike this app, Winaero Tweaker supports all recent Windows versions, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and above. It constantly receives updates to improve the end user experience and make all its options more friendly for the end user.

Instead of the standalone Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner app, use the following options from Winaero Tweaker:

You can download Winaero Tweaker here: Download Winaero Tweaker.

Drag'n'Drop Editor

Drag'n'Drop Editor is the small portable application what allows you to change default behavior of drag-n-drop feature in the Windows Explorer. As you may know, when you drag file, the Windows Explorer offers you to move dragged item by default. You can change that with ALT,SHIFT and CTRL key modifiers but you can't change the default behavior. Drag'n'Drop Editor fixes it.

User Picture Tuner

User Picture Tuner is a small application that allows you to change several interesting features of the User Account Picture in the Windows 7 Start Menu. You can customize the behavior and appearance of the user picture aka "avatar" and it's frame.

There are several option available, such as:

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