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Windows 7: How to change background color of Folders in Windows 7

04 Jul 2014   #21
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

download
Press the download button and Save rqColor.bat to your Downloads folder

Code:
cd %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\Downloads

reg query "HKCU\Control Panel\Colors" /s > Downloads\HKCUcolor.txt

reg query "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors" /s >> Downloads\HKCUcolor.txt
Open a Command Prompt (standard user is ok)

Enter the following commands
cd Downloads
rqColor
exit
Attach the resulting text file, HKCUcolor.txt, to a new post.
(use the paperclip icon on the posting menu to attach the file)

Thanks,

Bill
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File Type: bat rqColor.bat (165 Bytes, 16 views)
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05 Jul 2014   #22
damando25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

There was no text file ? Unless you wanted me to take a picture of the c-prompt after I entered it ? I did open it but it just auto opened the c-prompt then closed.
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05 Jul 2014   #23
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Hmm, I checked the batch file on the post above and there should be a HKCUcolor.txt file in your downloads.

Instead of trying to find out what happened, just run these commands in a c-prompt

Grab a screen shot after the each command and post the screen shots

Code:
reg query "HKCU\Control Panel\Colors" /s

reg query "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors" /s
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05 Jul 2014   #24
damando25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Have it now thanks.


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File Type: txt HKCUcolor.txt (2.5 KB, 13 views)
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05 Jul 2014   #25
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Ok, it looks as though the values in the default subkey for both keys are incorrect (note the commas)
All sub keys under Desktop\Colors also have commas, should be spaces, not commas
27 169 228
regedit and modify the
Default subkey - delete the value


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors
InfoWindow 27 169 228
Window 27 169 228



Look at Callender's screen shots in post# 15 - it should be
Default (value not set)
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
(Default)    REG_SZ    27,169,228
InfoWindow    REG_SZ    27 169 228
Window    REG_SZ    27 169 228



HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors
(Default)    REG_SZ    27,169,228
InfoWindow    REG_SZ    27,169,228
Window    REG_SZ    27,169,228
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05 Jul 2014   #26
damando25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
Ok, it looks as though the values in the default subkey for both keys are incorrect (note the commas)
All sub keys under Desktop\Colors also have commas, should be spaces, not commas
27 169 228
regedit and modify the
Default subkey - delete the value


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors
InfoWindow 27 169 228
Window 27 169 228



Look at Callender's screen shots in post# 15 - it should be
Default (value not set)
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
(Default)    REG_SZ    27,169,228
InfoWindow    REG_SZ    27 169 228
Window    REG_SZ    27 169 228



HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors
(Default)    REG_SZ    27,169,228
InfoWindow    REG_SZ    27,169,228
Window    REG_SZ    27,169,228
Ok thanks that is done.
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05 Jul 2014   #27
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

I missed the values with commas the first time on these subkeys

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors
WindowFrame 205,30,201
Scrollbar 27,169,228

regedit and modify the value on
WindowFrame 205 30 201
Scrollbar 27 169 228

spaces, not commas

Run the rqColor.bat file again and attach the new HKCUcolor.txt file

I built a table that shows what the last HKCUcolor.txt file had in it (fixes applied in the test). Some are very light or white - if you scroll over the description, (object column) you can read the lighter colors.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
Object RGB
Background 27 169 228
Scrollbar 27 169 228
ActiveTitle 153 180 209
InactiveTitle 191 205 219
Menu 27 169 228
Window 27 169 228
WindowFrame 100 100 100
MenuText 128 0 0
WindowText 0 0 0
TitleText 0 0 0
ActiveBorder 180 180 180
InactiveBorder 244 247 252
AppWorkspace 0 255 255
Hilight 51 153 255
HilightText 255 255 255
ButtonFace 240 240 240
ButtonShadow 160 160 160
GrayText 109 109 109
ButtonText 0 0 0
InactiveTitleText 0 0 0
ButtonHilight 255 255 255
ButtonDkShadow 105 105 105
ButtonLight 227 227 227
InfoText 0 0 0
InfoWindow 27 169 228
ButtonAlternateFace 0 0 0
HotTrackingColor 0 102 204
GradientActiveTitle 185 209 234
GradientInactiveTitle 215 228 242
MenuHilight 51 153 255
MenuBar 27 169 228
Default (not set)

Note that you have different values set in the two keys for some sub-keys (WindowFrame for example).
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05 Jul 2014   #28
damando25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Here is the new file. I did notice that I was missing the "Background" first one in the list ?


Attached Files
File Type: txt HKCUcolor.txt (2.5 KB, 16 views)
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05 Jul 2014   #29
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

I took a quick look and all of the values look like they are the correct syntax (3 numbers - no commas)

Background is only in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
??? missing the "Background" first one in the list ???
Background was there - I built the table from your HKCUcolor.txt file in post # 24

If you meant there isn't one in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors key, that's different than missing.
There is no background subkey for this key, only the other key.

Please try not to over think this, always refer back to Callender's post for the definitive list.

What do you see now as far as colors? Post a screen shot of the window
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05 Jul 2014   #30
damando25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

It is Interesting that some of the windows are changed but the one I really want wont change and that is the computer window.


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