I gave it a try now I can’t turn back
It’s taking over my world, turning everything black
Head’s starting to spin, my senses starting to slide
That’s what I get, for giving in to the Dark Side.
Dark and Dramatic
Characteristically, Efficient and Clean
Simple and beautiful, A minimalists Dream.
Taking the dark theme to another level in this build, oozing with bountiful blackness and incredible inkiness. Includes several Dark Themes that will turn your Windows experience so dark you might feel the urge to turn on a light.
This build is a revised version of my previously released Windows 10 Pro Plus Insider Edition (18363.1500) which is my personal favorite build of Windows 10, but now with additional features and fixes included.
The Netflix App downloaded from MS Store works now (possibly other apps as well), Store and Display recently opened programs list works now (if you want to use it for the start menu), Basic user tracking for explorer enabled by default now (will remember user inputs in the run utility etc.) And I threw in a handful of basic, but useful MS Apps, and 10 themed wallpapers to spice it up. BAM!(Spice Weasel Style)
In a nutshell, this is my personal favorite build of Windows, revised, and stylized.
Spoiler: BUILD INFO
Windows 10 DarkSide (Compact & SuperLite) 18363.1556
ISO Size: 1.24 GB
Supported Languages: English only during install, Additional Language Packs after
Architecture: 64 Bit
Editions: Pro Only (Multi Edition, Compact & SuperLite, and SuperLite)
From Original MS Windows Build: 18363.1556 (19H2)
.NET Framework 3.5: Pre-Installed
MS Store: Included
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
RAM: 2 GB
Hard Disk Space: 6 GB
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Create bootable USB with Rufus Tool, burn to DVD, or install in Virtual Machine
Activation: Not pre-activated, Activator included on Desktop if needed
I personally installed this build, and tested it without issue in Oracle VM, and on a laptop.
DirectX D3DX9, D3DX10, D3DX11, XAudio 2.7, XInput 1.3, XACT Runtimes (June 2010) Pre-Installed
Visual C++ 2005 – 2019 Runtimes (x86 and x64)
Everything Search Engine
Ultra UX Theme Patcher
Custom icons, Themes, System settings, configurations, tweaks
Reduced Desktop Icon spacing
Increased wallpaper quality
Transparent task bar
Link State power Management added to power options
Many Services and System tweaks made to boost performance and reduce resource needs.
ADDED RIGHT CLICK CONTEXT MENU FOR:
Send to desktop
Command Prompt as admin
Take Ownership of files and folders
All Modern UI Apps
Backup and Restore
Xbox Live Services
Additional Windows Features
Network Adapter Drivers (Download your own before installing if needed)
PCI Express Link State Power Management
Once installation is done, and your Desktop is ready to use, you can change the look of your Start is Back Orb and theme to look like my screenshots, I added several themes, wallpapers, and start orbs that you can choose between to customize your own DarkSide style. (I used the DarkSide or DarkSide Clone theme in the pictures screenshot pictures provided).
**When your computer wakes up from sleep or hibernate, some of dark theme colors might not be displaying propoerly, (white parts showing where it should be black) if this happens, a log out will fix it, or restart, or changing themes (easiest fix), or enabling then disabling high contrast mode (left SHIFT + left ALT + PrtScreen will turn on or off high contrast mode)
This build cannot receive future OS Features and Updates, and is intended to be that way. Because of this, the OS will remain stable, and the size of it will not grow exponentially like full Windows installs tend to, but remain the same.
To all interested members, thank you for your support, but please be aware that this is a light version of Windows. It does not have every feature in it, many things have been removed to allow it to function with greater performance and less system requirements than Full Windows can offer. If it is missing a feature, or service that you think you need, chances are it was removed intentionally, and can’t be brought back. This Windows was designed with most users in mind, which is why it has most essential features and services included. I am trying to make a build that is highly functional, yet still very light as far as resources and HDD space requirements are concerned. You have been warned. Please stop asking for me to add things, fix things, how to change things, or enable things. I’m not going to respond, or start giving tutorials, use Google. I sincerely hope you enjoy these builds, I am very passionate about light Windows, and hope to share a good experience for you. If not, maybe another light version will better suit your needs, or perhaps full Windows is what you require.
**SPECIAL NOTES** (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)
You will need to ENABLE the Windows Update Service if you want to install additional language packs, install apps from the MS Store, or to let Windows automatically download and install drivers. It is disabled by default, but there is a shortcut to enable it on the desktop.
The ‘Sign In Options’ in account settings works, but takes a while to load the screen, you’ll have to be patient if you want to use it.
Network Adapter Drivers are not included in this build, please make sure you download appropriate drivers for your adapter and after creating the bootable USB, before installation, put the driver files on the same media to easily install after OS installation finishes! (If you go into Control Panel, Device Manager, and find ‘Network Adapters’ you will see what make and model your adapter is, so you can search google for the driver you need, and download it from your adapter’s manufacturer.)
**When adding language packs, make sure Windows update service is enabled, then turn on metered connection first, that way it will only let you download the pack, and not additional features that may not be supported by this OS, such as speech, and won’t cause a 3 cycle boot loop when restarting your PC, and not applying the language pack properly. Tested and confirmed working. If you do get an error, try again. Chances are you will get it working. I’ve had up to 6 packs installed, and switched between them as system language with reboots functional and everything working fine, though initially having some issues, persistence overcame them, and it worked fine after re trying.
Spoiler: SCREEN SHOTS
Testing of this build was done in Oracle VM as well as on laptops, pictures shown are a mixture of both testing platforms:
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