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Change menu background color in win 8.1? NOT Start menu...

  1. #1


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 64-bit

    Change menu background color in win 8.1? NOT Start menu...


    I actually have no beef with the Win 8.1 Start menu, but the colors of the regular desktop environment are killing me. Namely, the weird, off-off white of the menus. The High-Contrast White option under Personalization gives me the right color for the menu backgrounds but everything else about the theme screams windows 3.1


    Is there maybe a registry tweak that I can use to change this one little color? I've tried a few things but nothing so far has worked.

    See attached pic to see what I'm talking about.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated -- thanks in advance!!
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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Haven't had any success either.
    Even creating 'Classic' theme in Windows 7 and copying it over doesn't work!

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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by jakobkraft View Post
    I actually have no beef with the Win 8.1 Start menu, but the colors of the regular desktop environment are killing me. Namely, the weird, off-off white of the menus. The High-Contrast White option under Personalization gives me the right color for the menu backgrounds but everything else about the theme screams windows 3.1


    Is there maybe a registry tweak that I can use to change this one little color? I've tried a few things but nothing so far has worked.

    See attached pic to see what I'm talking about.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated -- thanks in advance!!
    Something like this ? :

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jakobkraft View Post
    I actually have no beef with the Win 8.1 Start menu, but the colors of the regular desktop environment are killing me. Namely, the weird, off-off white of the menus. The High-Contrast White option under Personalization gives me the right color for the menu backgrounds but everything else about the theme screams windows 3.1


    Is there maybe a registry tweak that I can use to change this one little color? I've tried a few things but nothing so far has worked.

    See attached pic to see what I'm talking about.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated -- thanks in advance!!
    Something like this ? :

    Click image for larger version
    EXACTLY! But not THAT color (no offense), but a brighter white than this weird off-white which has a purple tint to it.

    Can you tell me how you changed your menu background color?
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    With Window Blinds from Stardock.

    Skin the Windows desktop interface with WindowBlinds

    I change skins often.
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Change menu background color in win 8.1? NOT Start menu...
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