Weekend Poll: What is your favorite Windows theme?

Another weekend, another poll. This week we heard that the desktop for Windows 8 will be getting some changes to the theme, bringing it more in-line with the Metro style of the Start screen and other parts of the operating system. Out goes the Aero glass theme that we saw with Vista and Windows 7, instead replaced with a flatter, more minimalist and simple-colored theme that fits with the Metro design language.


Windows 8

This hasn't been the first change to the looks of Windows though, before now we have seen other designs such as "Luna" that was included with Windows XP, and of course variations of the Classic theme that persisted in OS versions such as 95 and 2000. So today we're asking which one of these themes has been your favorite, and we are also allowing you to choose Windows 8 if you think the upcoming change looks better than anything before.

Below is a little reminder of the different themes from the past few versions of Windows.


Windows ME "Classic" theme


Windows XP "Luna" theme


Windows Vista "Aero" theme


Windows 7 "Aero" theme

So, as always you can place your votes below, and comment as well; especially if you use a cool custom theme. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Images via Wikipedia Windows related articles.

Poll

What is your favorite Windows theme?

  1. Classic (before XP)
    9%
  2. Luna (in Windows XP)
    4.9%
  3. Aero (in Vista & 7)
    54.5%
  4. Metro (the Windows 8 future)
    27.3%
  5. Other/Custom (comment below!)
    4.3%
Results (488 Votes)
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I always use the silver version of the XP theme in XP... Much easier on the eye (well, easier on my eyes!) than the default blue.
Happy with default for every other version of Windows though - Win 8 looks clean and modern so I will probably leave that as is as well.

I liked the Windows 2000/XP version of Classic. Has the Tahoma font and a nicer shade of blue as compared to the one in the 9x/ME series. They should be considered as different versions of Classic, really.

I couldn't stand Luna on XP so I used Classic all the way. Would still have used Classic on Vista/7 if not for the fact that it just looks so ill-fitting on them.

I like the Aero in the Windows 8 CP, I quite like Windows 7 Aero, but the rounded corners etc look so ugly now...

Let's face it most people dislike change so whatever OS you "grew up" on will probably be the one you will like the most. The classic theme was just fugly and for those who like functionality over appearance. Windows XP theme was decent and the one i spent the most time with, it worked and it looked good as well. When Aero came out i fell in love with it and i hoped that they would never steer away from it but then came along metro and ruined the look altogether. I have said it once and ill say it again, metro simply does not belong on the current generation of desktops.

Easy, Windows XP Classic theme without animations and a doubled task bar. Windows Aero / Mac / Gnome 3 / Unity cannot beat Windows Classic when it comes to swapping between 50+ windows/programs consistently.

What about the Windows XP Media Centre theme; Royale? I thought that was a pretty good upgrade to the Luna crap.
Other than that, I've always preferred the Aero desktop since it came out.

Windows classic or Windows 7's Aero for me.

Windows 8 isn't done yet, so I shall reserve my comments about it. However, I actually do like how the start screen looks like. I like Metro, especially on my Windows Phone, but Microsoft needs to do it right.

I think Windows Vista's Aero is good, Windows 7 takes it up another notch. I don't care for the BIG fat ribbon menus though, would prefer to stick with File Edit View Help.

Metro looks horrible, too plain, too blocky, I know that's the point but I don't like it. Windows Vista/7 Aero in my eyes is the best.

I like Aero, but it feels like they could've gone a bit more minimalistic on it and it would've looked better. They also should've left out the damn slow minimize/maximize animation that makes it feel sluggish. I highly recommend turning that off.

I still don't understand why the silver Luna theme wasn't the default for XP, it was the only one that didn't look like total crap.

Another thing I don't understand is people who make their modern OS look like Win95. You've got a dual or quad core processor and a fast GPU, it takes no effort for it to run the fancier looking themes.

I voted Aero, but I haven't used the Windows 8 'Metro' desktop theme... only time will tell as to whether I like it more.

I voted for Aero, but I will have to say that the metro look of the desktop is looking good. Though, Zain has an even more impressive mockup!

I prefer Aero/Windows 7, but with the majority of the fluff disabled. I keep ClearType on and the style itself, but disable glass, shadows, and ridiculous animations. Looks good to me!

mohan_168 said,
I like the classic theme on Windows 7.

does not make you cool or more of an expert..
and like lets say someone views your desktop and they see that classic crap, they would be like oh this guy is one of these that has no clew and sucks.

Because having transparent toolbars is more important than any meaningful customizability. I understand, you only run Windows to look at it, not to actually use it.

XP's Royale and Royale Noir/Zune themes weren't bad but Aero in Vista/7 undoubtedly is the best. It's stunning. Windows 8=No comment.

xpclient said,
XP's Royale and Royale Noir/Zune themes weren't bad but Aero in Vista/7 undoubtedly is the best. It's stunning. Windows 8=No comment.

Aero is indeed awesome, i love it in Win7

somehow, Luna is the one I hate the most in all it's variations (standard blue, silver and olive). I like the Aero, but I also like Metro, so W8 is for me.

I dislike the glass in Windows Vista and Windows 7, and the general theme overall doesn't look as nice as Mac OS X. I love Metro, but I'm not sure about the different colours on the Windows 8 Start Screen.

Calum said,
I dislike the glass in Windows Vista and Windows 7, and the general theme overall doesn't look as nice as Mac OS X. I love Metro, but I'm not sure about the different colours on the Windows 8 Start Screen.

Don't forget Calum that the different colours on the start screen are entirely dictated by the app developer. I'm hoping app developers give us a colour toggle in their app's settings that allows us to change the tile colour to one of our choosing. That way we can have all tiles in a certain category the same colour, for example.

TCLN Ryster said,

Don't forget Calum that the different colours on the start screen are entirely dictated by the app developer. I'm hoping app developers give us a colour toggle in their app's settings that allows us to change the tile colour to one of our choosing. That way we can have all tiles in a certain category the same colour, for example.

You're right. It's mainly the different colours together that is starting to grate on me. Having said that, the fact that Windows Phone's tiles are pretty much all one colour also now grates on me. The reason I dislike Windows 8 for this could be because there are only a few different coloured tiles on my Start Screen and thus some colours are sometimes next to each other while other tiles next to each other are different colours. I'm not sure what it is, but I just don't like the look of the Start Screen in the Consumer Preview.

I also despise how the tiles of pinned websites and desktop apps look, especially when used with WinRT app tiles, but that's a different story and it might not be an issue (considering I don't have to pin websites and desktop apps).

Its interesting, the blog post Microsoft wrote on the Building 8 blog Friday criticize Luna and Aero, two themes that they heavily promoted during their time on the market as being aesthetically pleasing. Not to mention, Windows 7 is still widely available and they are already calling it cheesy.

Now honestly tell me, when Windows 9 or 10 hits the market, aren't they gonna say Windows 8's Metro is cheesy too? Seriously you should not bite the hand that feeds you, Windows 7 has brought the company much success, considering that Windows 7 is running on nearly 600 million systems world wide, you should not be dissing it in anyway.

Frankly, Windows 7 is probably the last desktop OS companies will be deploying on a large scale and its the new XP. How ironic, the company is telling companies, don't wait for Windows 8, start deploying Windows 7 now. Just like how Windows XP still has a significant market share, it will be the same for Windows 7 for many years to come. Expect to see Windows 7 going strong in 2030.

Mr. Dee said,
Its interesting, the blog post Microsoft wrote on the Building 8 blog Friday criticize Luna and Aero, two themes that they heavily promoted during their time on the market as being aesthetically pleasing.

Marketing talk as usual from Microsoft...

Mr. Dee said,
Now honestly tell me, when Windows 9 or 10 hits the market, aren't they gonna say Windows 8's Metro is cheesy too?

In case they replace it again: Yes the will!

Out of the default themes, I'd say I like the Windows 8 one the most. I've never been a fan of the Aero themes, and have always used custom, non-transparent ones in their place. Luna is just... no. And while the classic theme brings back some nostalgia, it just seems outdated.

Not surprised that Luna is doing so poorly. It worked for the time, but it is one of the ugliest themes and is too thick. I really like Aero even with the fancy glows and stuff, Windows 8 is too subdued right now, bland.
In the end it doesn't matter, just as long as no more boring grey. That felt too unitarian, too much like a machine.

Matt A. Tobin said,
Whistler Watercolor forever!

That was an ugly prototype theme, thank goodness it didn't make it into the final release. The only thing I can associate with it from that time is Backstreet Boys, NSync and Britney Spears.

Matt A. Tobin said,
Whistler Watercolor forever!

I think the metro Win8 theme has echoes of Watercolour, personally. I like it.

Mr. Dee said,

That was an ugly prototype theme, thank goodness it didn't make it into the final release. The only thing I can associate with it from that time is Backstreet Boys, NSync and Britney Spears.

Bringin the noise! bring down the house! we came here TO TURN THE PARTY OUT!

FalsePositive said,
Classic. I hate stupid eye candy. Nothing wrong with a Windows 95 theme so why change it?

Let her rip...


You must be enjoying your cave.

FalsePositive said,
Classic. I hate stupid eye candy. Nothing wrong with a Windows 95 theme so why change it?

Let her rip...

Do you also like ugly women, ugly cars and ugly everything?

You said you hated eye candy, so you must hate beauty.

rpsgc said,

Do you also like ugly women, ugly cars and ugly everything?

You said you hated eye candy, so you must hate beauty.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What you think is beauty, may not be someone else's perception of beauty. Therefore, eye candy is ugly for him while it's beauty to you resulting in your statement of "You said you hated eye candy, so you must hate beauty" being incorrect. LAWYERED.

yowanvista said,
Aero is the most intuitive theme.

Intuitive how? Themes are all about looks and aesthetics, and entirely down to personal taste... they have no bearing on how usable (ie. intuitive) a software product is.

TCLN Ryster said,

Intuitive how? Themes are all about looks and aesthetics, and entirely down to personal taste... they have no bearing on how usable (ie. intuitive) a software product is.

It feels friendlier then windows classic does....

remixedcat said,

It feels friendlier then windows classic does....

And blends better with different colors, backgrounds, appears to take less screen real estate, presents less "big bright white" everywhere, etc.

Neobond said,
Aero is quite nice when you disable the drop shadows

Just opened Notepad, not fully maximized and I don't see what problem there could be with window drop shadows, its elegant, professional puts focus on he active window, especially when you have a lot of non-fully maximized windows, especially on larger screen. Learn it, accept it, understand it and appreciate it please.