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Can't change the Metro (win 8 start) background colour

  1. #1

    Can't change the Metro (win 8 start) background colour


    I've managed to figure out how to do it - despite staying clear of Metro through using a third party normal start menu.
    When I press the correct item in metro to customise the colour, absolutely nothing happens.
    Any idea what could be wrong?

    I know I can hack this colour straight in the registry but I prefer not to.
    I want to trigger the GUI based colour selector

    Any idea what could be wrong? (Win8 Pro with all the latest patches).

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  2. #2


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    You have to use one of the third party utilities to do it. Brink has the info here. Start Screen - Change Background Color and Image Save it as a favorite. Windows 10 it is a little harder to do the Lock screen, since Microsoft made it that you have to go about a whole different way with that version.
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    Thanks Broe23! I'll check that out.

    But I don't understand - why isn't it working? The functionality is there.... I have changed the colour previously, for example when I set up Windows 8 and when I migrated to Windows 8.1. I used to have it yellow....

    Why would it not be possible to change anymore?

    PS- I see you are a Linux Mint user - wow! Just going to spend a day now, getting dual boot set up, for Linux Mint. Don't like the direction WIndows is going + not willing to be spied on as a matter of routine. I don't know anyone else who's made the leap, so heading over to the Linux Mint forums later. This has been a long time in the making but the time is finally here.
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  4. #4


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    It does. But if you do not have your roaming profile synced. It will revert it.
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