Changing the theme in Windows 10

categories: [ Uncategorized ] tags: [ Windows 10 ]
created: 06 Oct 2014 @ 07:03 modified: 24 Apr 2017 @ 13:57

In windows 10 when you go to Change the background and colors on Start

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it loads up the Color and Appearance window

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which does let you change the accent and background color for windows. So you stuck with that weird purple looking theme or I managed to get blue type color on one of my machines. After a quick Bing I found that you can just set 2 registry entries restart your pc and you now have theme color that you want Smile.

Basically you need a registry file with the contents below (save that into a .reg file), set the hex values for your color and then run it.

   1: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
   2:  
   3: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
   4: "PersonalColors_Accent"="#00b8ff"
   5: "PersonalColors_Background"="#000000"

You can also download this reg file from GutHub using https://github.com/Gordon-Beeming/ChangeWindowsTheme/blob/master/Downloads/set-theme-colors.reg and you can download an app that takes in the 2 hex values and then set it, you will need to run the app as administrator otherwise it will crash. https://github.com/Gordon-Beeming/ChangeWindowsTheme/blob/master/Downloads/ChangeWindowsTheme.exe

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The app lets you preview the theme before setting it because you will need to restart after editing the registry to see the changes