How to change background color of Folders in Windows 7

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    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
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    damando25 said:
    Here is proof. Thanks again to both of you for being so patient with me. :)
    Callender said:
    Glad to hear that it's sorted. Slatybart did most of the work so credit to him!

    Logging off/ on works for me but that wasn't tested using different themes.
    You're welcome, that's why we're members on SevenForums - to help people resolve issues they can't resolve.

    I'm also glad that you were able to customize Windows to suite your preferences.

    It was a team effort, Callender started you off by pointing to the registry keys and continued testing, I followed up with some things, and damando25 did all the work.

    Sometimes you just need a bigger hammer and a restart is a sure way to make certain changes get applied.

    Well done!

    edit: If you're satisfied with the solution, please mark your thread Resolved - thanks.

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  2. Posts : 1
    windows 7
       #42

    damando25 can you tell me how you changed it .. I cant seem to get it to work
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  3. Posts : 20
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    Thread Starter
       #43

    You can try this simple FREE program to change just the folder colors "http://www.foldermarker.com/folder-marker-home.php" It works fine on my pc.
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
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    So, I have successfully changed the window color for the regedit and text color (which I love!) and the text color for my other windows and libraries as seen below, but I'm still having trouble getting the background from white to black. I've attached the txt file with from the bat.file Slartybart posted. Didn't want to play any further without asking for advice. The only downside of changing the color I've seen (just testing) was that MS word is also affected (black background, purple text). Anyway, any guidance is appreciated.
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    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
       #45

    I really want to change the background color of Windows (the white is too bright). But having read through this thread, it seems like the only way to do it is to use a "basic" or "classic" Windows theme, and I absolutely hate those themes. I just want the normal Windows 7 look with a different background color instead of white - is there no way to do this?
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    windows 10 32bit
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    Im not able to get the color no matter what i do in the registry ...im using win 7 sp1, can someone help if you see this post?

    I changed the reg entries in colors-> infowindow and window

    and desktop-colors-> infowindow and window

    to 236 236 236 and im not getting that color in explorer window

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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
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    josephkarthic said:
    Im not able to get the color no matter what i do in the registry ...im using win 7 sp1, can someone help if you see this post?

    I changed the reg entries in colors-> infowindow and window

    and desktop-colors-> infowindow and window

    to 236 236 236 and im not getting that color in explorer window

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    I did not do it as described in this thread. I found a shellstyle.dll [universal shellstyle] on deviantart which allows me to alter the background and other colours using the personalization colours dialogue with the inbuilt colour picker which makes it far easier.
    I wish I could find something similar for win 10 because win 10 is totally unusable by me as it is and dark mode is a joke. I have not found themes very usable TBH on Win 7 or Win 10 despite trying many themes none work well for me. I always go back to the standard Win 7 Aero theme with the universal shellstyle so that I can alter the colours to my preference.
    Universal shellstyle.dll -Win7 by Satukoro on DeviantArt
    The download link was dead the first time I tried it but it worked on my second try therefore try twice.
    You need to replace the shellstyle.dll in your themes folder ie Aero etc. You will need to figure out how to do that, change to a different theme before attempting to replace the original shellstyle.dll AND MAKE A BACKUP before replacing it.
    A system file check will replace it so you will need to replace it if you need to use sfc.
    [COLOR=inherit !important]


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