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Minimal Taste Flat for Windows7 by dpcdpc11 Minimal Taste Flat for Windows7 by dpcdpc11

Now available for Windows 8/8.1!!!

get Minimal Taste 8 for Windows 8/8.1 now!


For those who distribute this theme further, please give credits to the Author (that's me!) and include the original download link from Thank you for spreading the word!!!

UPDATE 1 [13-Nov-2011]

- made the Edit field to fit with the rest of the theme
- removed the ugly background of Basic Caption buttons
- made the bottom grey space of the Start Menu flattened
- fixed the Taskbar selected item transparency on apps displaying progress
- added the Minimal Taste start Orb Big to the package

...and Yes, flat is the new solid!

Comes in 2 flavors: transparent and opaque window borders. Which one do you like best???

Been a while since I've released another Visual Style for Win7... so here I am again! It's not a completely new style, but a derived one from my Minimal Taste Reloaded.
I know... not another macintoshy style! So why did I do it you ask? Simple... I really love the Minimal Taste concept but I would always have to patch Firefox and Thunderbird every new release because of the 1px window frame. And since the Mozilla guys are in a releasing frenzy I've decided to fix my Windows Visual Style. So this was the beginning of a new journey into skinning another win7 visual style.

Hope you like the result... I've experimented with a few new things that you might enjoy, but even if you don't, please let me know!

You'll be glad to know that you won't be needing the Firefox patch anymore with this new theme!

Live view here:…

Package includes:

- the theme itself with the 2 variations: opaque and transparent
- Fonts need to make it work perfectly
- Explorer Navigation Buttons
- Windows Start Buttons: Minimal Taste start Orb and Minimal Taste start Orb Big
- Matching windows cursor schemes: Minimal Taste Cursors and Minimal Taste Cursors Dark

What's not in the package:

Icons used in the preview: Token by brsev
gdipp - the tinny app that makes your fonts clear and smooth like those in Linux Distros. It's available in 32 and 64 bit flavors. Download here:…

How to:

1. Patch your system files and install the required fonts!
1.1. Be sure to patch your system files before you can use 3rd party windows themes. Use this tool to do it:…
1.2. Install the fonts found in the folder "Resources/Fonts"
1.3. Restart your PC

2. Install the theme?
Copy the content of Theme folder in "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\" (Asuming that you're Windows 7 is installed on partition C)

3. Change the start orb?
Use Windows 7 Start Button Changer to change the start orb. You can find the needed tool here:…
Launch Windows 7 Start Button Changer and choose the BMP from the "Resources/Start Orb" folder and you're done!

4. Change the Windows Navigation buttons?
Use Windows 7 Navigation Buttons Customizer to change the Windows Navigation Buttons, resources available in the folder "Resources/Navigation Buttons"
Download the tool here:…

5. Smooth Fonts like in OSX or Linux?
Use gdipp, the little app which changes you font rendering engine to make the fonts look smooth just like, or almost like in Linux or MacOS. Download here:…

Thanks to enemia for the awesome wall:…

Thanks for downloading!!!
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sunziun Featured By Owner Edited Dec 9, 2014

Yes really the BEST flat taste theme for Windows 7. And I was looking for a long something like this.

Excellent graphics and the tutorial is the very good!

Keep up!

The Start Orb for large icons is in .png file extension.
Windows 7 Start Button Changer v 2.6 excepts only .bmp files. Would please double check this?
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Glad you enjoy my theme!
I'm on win8 for a while now and I can't try the Start Orb Changer... as I recall the .png file is for Windows 7 Start Orb Changer v5.
lijiangtao07 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014   Artisan Crafter
thanks for your talent!
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Welcome my friend!
jerryhiggy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
This is the only theme I ever install. I've gone through many in the past trying to find the perfect theme.  This is the only theme that does not feel cheap or somehow patchy. It feels like it was designed by a team of UI professionals.  So Great work dpcdpc11, and thank you for the clean installing, beautiful theme, it is now a standard part of my windows 7 install procedure and will be for the foreseeable future.
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Hey Jerry.. Big thanks for the positive feedback! It's one of my favorite themes and I'm not sure why it wasn't really a big success. I guess beauty really is subjective even when it comes to windows GUI.
might238 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Just by a day of usage and years of Windows theming... I can safely say this is one of the best themes I've ever used! It really feels like a premium theme with a lot of attention for detail. Enjoying it quite a lot :D
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thabks for your feedback. I really enjoyed this theme as well even though it didnt get to be that popular.
sergejal Featured By Owner Edited Oct 9, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Good work, keep it up!
+fav +fav +fav 
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks man!
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