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Windows 7 Look feature does not work on Windows 8 / 8.1 virtual machine

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When I apply Windows 7 Look option on my Windows 8 / 8.1 virtual machine, it does not work.

Windows interface stays the same even though the option is checked.


Windows 7 Look services that are responsible for the feature functionality are not started.


  1. Start Win 8.1 VM.

  2. Go to Mac menu bar > View > uncheck Use Windows 7 Look.

  3. Switch to the VM > press Win (cmd) button + R > type in appwiz.cpl.

  4. Locate two applications: ModernMix and Start8, highlight ModernMix program and uninstall it.

  5. Do not restart Windows VM, instead highlight Start8 program and uninstall it as well.

  6. When both apps are uninstalled, restart the VM.

  7. Turn on Use Windows 7 Look again.

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