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Windows 7: Changing Window frame color doesn't work

17 Jun 2010   #1

2x Windows 7
Changing Window frame color doesn't work

I am trying to make the currently selected window a bit easier to recognize. So I right-click the desktop, "Personalize", clicked "Window Color" => Advanced Appearance settings, selected "Active Title bar" and picked a dark red as one of the two colors. This should yield me a red-blue title bar and so it also shows in the preview.

But when then I click Apply or OK, the desktop goes gray for a while and then comes back in colors, but the active window's color has not changed at all! It's still in blue...

What am I missing? Why does the current schema (Aero Themes / Windows 7) not accept my customization?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Michael,

The colors are not applied unless you are using a Windows Classic or one of the High Contrast themes instead.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2010   #3

2x Windows 7

Really? That sucks! Because with Aero the only indication which window is the currently active seems the red [X]-area in the upper right hand corner. What a bad design - apparently just to show off and not a cent of though on usability.

Thanks for clarifying this!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Jun 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome Michael. Sorry.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 starter

I'm having a similar problem, excpet when I attempt to revert the Windows 7 Basic theme back to the original, it tells me that it can't be completed because "Access is Denied." Is there any way that I can fix this problem?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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