If you were looking to get Windows 8 to suck less visually I've made my installation gorgeous and now everything is even better than Windows 7 I had.
Here's what I have:
Visual theme/style is Snowy 2.0 here http://carborunda.de...ows-8-358919115
EDIT: Theme is updated to Snowy 3.0: http://carborunda.de...ows-8-363931948
You can adjust colors as you would in WIndows normally and it comes with multiple scenarios (with ribbon, without ribbon, with white active window caption, with dark active window caption)
1. Installed UXStyle.com
To get really cool effects, dock and stuff I refreshed my apps from Stardock with latest versions.
A) ObjectDock Plus 2.0 (better than ever right now). It's almost identical to OSX dock.
B) Decor8 for adjusting backgrounds of the lock screen, background on the win8 metro start screen, and a couple of other things. Excellent little utility
C) Start8 (I'm sure people already know what it is)
D) WindowsFX 5.0 (works awesome! with Windows 8 since it's updated)
F) Since I spent lately most of my time in OSX I couldn't get use to non-antialiased text in Windows. It just looked terrible for me, especially when writing code. It was just so terrible on the eyes.
So I am using this awesome awesome little utility https://code.google.com/p/mactype/ The best font smoothing for Windows. Depending on what presets you set it is 99% the same as OSX. It's amazing.
G) I also got used to using Win key/CMD on OSX instead of CTRL in Windows, so I used one cool app as well called SharpKeys http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/ that will allow you to reconfigure keys so I did a switch between CTRL and WIN keys in windows so when I switch between OSX and Windows all my software and shortcuts feel the same (it was always an issue when I switch to windows to mentally adjust to hit CTRL keys instead of Win flag key - which is CMD in OSX)
H) If you want to get an excellent OSX like screenshot taking utility I highly highly recommend FastStone http://www.faststone...ptureDetail.htm .. Not only that this utility works even better than default Windows or OSX screen capture shortcuts and ways, but it allows you to upload to your own FTP. So you can hit Win+Print Screen capture rectangular area and you can either have it in clipboard or you can upload it all automatically to your FTP and it will copy to clipboard the URL to your screenshot to share. It's amazing and one of those apps I can't live without.
I am now complete and love Windows again. No issues whatsoever so far. Everything works as advertised, fast, light etc.
I hope you enjoy it too as this is really exactly what I hoped I would be able to do on Windows 8.
My Desktop as it is now