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Windows 7: Change Windows background colors

30 Apr 2014   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
Change Windows background colors

The colors of most anything that Windows presents on your screen can be changed - and it is very easy. If you like to experiment with it, you find the instructions here.

If you have blurred pictures on your web app, you can download the instructions from here.


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30 Apr 2014   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

Cool stuff, I may have a play around with that shortly. I've just got to find out what the specific things are I want to change.
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30 Apr 2014   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hey Wolfgang,

Might be something to consider creating a tutorial for.
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30 Apr 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hey Wolfgang,

Might be something to consider creating a tutorial for.
Right, if there is a general interest, I might do that.
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01 May 2014   #5
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

I certainly have an interest mate. I gave it a try last night (for the scroll bar) but it didn't seem to work.
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01 May 2014   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

These are basically the colors for items in advanced appearance settings, but done via registry instead.

Colors selected for items will only be used if you have selected a Windows Classic or High Contrast theme. If any other theme is applied, you will not see the color changes for items.
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01 May 2014   #7
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

Aah that explains that. Cheers Shawn. Slightly disappointed there as I'd have loved to have changed the white background and scroll bar colours, never mind though!
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01 May 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This method is more important for Windows 8.1 than for Windows 7. In 8.1 you do not have all the facilities of Windows 7.
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01 May 2014   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Yeah, MS removed the UI for this in Windows 8 since no one really used a classic or high contrast theme to be able to use it.

I have this below to be able backup your advanced appearance settings in a Windows 7 computer, and be able to restore them in a Windows 8 computer to effectively set them that way in Windows 8. It's basically an export of those registry settings and a bit more.

Advanced Appearance Settings - Backup and Restore in Windows
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01 May 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Very nice.
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