How to change background color of Folders in Windows 7

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  1. Posts : 6,458
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       #21


    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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  2. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    Thread Starter
       #22

    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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  3. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
       #23

    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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  4. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    Thread Starter
       #24

    Have it now thanks.
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  5. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
       #25

    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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  6. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    Thread Starter
       #26

    Slartybart said:
    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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  7. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
       #27

    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
    No code has to be inserted here.

    Note that you have different values set in the two keys for some sub-keys (WindowFrame for example).
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  8. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    Thread Starter
       #28

    Here is the new file. I did notice that I was missing the "Background" first one in the list ?
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  9. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
       #29

    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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  10. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    Thread Starter
       #30

    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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