Custom visual styles don't apply for MS apps


conetzin

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Hello,

I've got an issue with Windows 11 and visual styles and I'm not lucky finding any related posts on Google.

As you can see in the picture I attached I applied a custom VS which works mostly fine and I'm happy with. I got it from DeviantArt right after running the MultiPatcher tool so that custom VS function properly.
However, apps like Mail, Settings, Calendar, News, Netflix, Terminal and many more seem to insist in the default, i.e. stock visual style. In Terminal app I was able to observe that it launches with my custom VS but then switches to the default/stock one. Paint and notepad appear to follow my rules and apply my custom style.

My guess is that it has something to do with the framework behind those apps but can't think of any solution.

Is there anything I can do? Any hints? Thanks in advance.

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I believe it's because MS has locked down certain aspects of the new GUI tighter than a drum. Even something as simple as one's chosen accent color doesn't affect the MS apps.
 

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...apps like Mail, Settings, Calendar, News, Netflix, Terminal and many more seem to insist in the default, i.e. stock visual style. ... My guess is that it has something to do with the framework behind those apps but can't think of any solution.

Is there anything I can do?
I'm afraid not. All the apps you list are UWP apps, File Explorer and Notepad are other examples. Only the older Win32 apps can use your modified visual style.
 

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I believe it's because MS has locked down certain aspects of the new GUI tighter than a drum.
No, it's because they are all UWP apps. The same was the case in Windows 10.
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
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    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
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    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
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    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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The best any theme software can do is provide an alternative base frame for some UWP apps, and then it still isn't perfect!
Only way to do it properly would be for the software to re-write the visual manifest for every UWP app!

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conetzin

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Thanks for your hints. Well, nothing to do here I guess, times of WinXP and Win7 are over, being able to apply system wide styles.
 

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