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    Color of Background and Accent - Force in Windows 8.1

    Color of Background and Accent - Force in Windows 8.1
    How to Force a Specific Background and Accent Color in Windows 8.1 Modern UI
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    10 Aug 2013
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    How to Force a Specific Background and Accent Color in Windows 8.1 Modern UI

    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to force a specific background color and accent color for the modern UI screens like Start screen (Start and Apps view), sign in screen, PC settings, and Charm bar flyouts (menus) for all users that cannot be changed in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    If a user chooses to have their desktop background to also display as their Start background image instead of one of the default images, then their Start screen will not display the specified Start background color in this tutorial.

    Examples of items that use the background color would be:

    • Start screen background unless as per above.
    • App highlight box on Start screen (Start and Apps view).
    • Arrow button background on bottom of Start screen (Start and Apps view).
    • Sign in screen background.
    • Charms flyout background.
    • Charms menu title header background
    • etc....


    Examples of items that use the accent color would be:

    • Start button (ex: taskbar, charms bar) when hovered on.
    • Selected menus on the left side in PC settings.
    • Slider colors in PC settings.
    • Menu titles in PC settings.
    • etc....


    warning   Warning
    The colors you specify will not be applied if the colors do not meet a contrast ratio of 2:1 with white text.


    EXAMPLE: Personalize from Start screen
    NOTE: When your specify a default background and accent color for all users, it prevents all users from being able to change their background color and accent color.

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    Color of Background and Accent - Force in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE Color of Background and Accent - Force in Windows 8.1
    To Force Background Color and Accent Color in Registry Editor

    1. From your Start screen, start typing regedit, and press Enter when finished.
    NOTE: You could also press + R to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If the Personalization key is not there in the left pane, then right click on the Windows key, click on New and Key, type Personalization, and press Enter.


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization



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    4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.


    6. To Allow Users to Change their own Background Color and Accent Color
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) In the right pane of Personalization, right click on PersonalColors_Accent (if there), click on Delete, and click on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below step 3)

    B) In the right pane of Personalization, right click on PersonalColors_Background(if there), click on Delete, and click on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below step 3)

    C) Go to step 8 below.

    7. To Force Specific Default Background Color and Accent Color for All Users

    A) Go to the Microsoft sites below to lookup the hex number (#RGB value) of the colors you want to specify for the Start background color (ex: #191970) and Accent color(ex: #4169E1).


    B) In the right pane of Personalization, double click on PersonalColors_Accent to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)
    NOTE: If the PersonalColors_Accent string value is not there in the right pane, then right click on an empty area in the right pane, click on New and String Value, type PersonalColors_Accent, and press Enter.

    C) Type in the hex number (#RGB value) of the color you want to specify for the Accent color (ex: #4169E1), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    D) In the right pane of Personalization, double click on PersonalColors_Background to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)
    NOTE: If the PersonalColors_Background string value is not there in the right pane, then right click on an empty area in the right pane, click on New and String Value, type PersonalColors_Background , and press Enter.

    E) Type in the hex number (#RGB value) of the color you want to specify for the Start background color (ex: #191970), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    F) Go to step 8 below.

    8. Close Registry Editor.

    9. Sign out and in, or restart the PC to apply.





    Color of Background and Accent - Force in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO Color of Background and Accent - Force in Windows 8.1
    To Force Background Color and Accent Color in Group Policy

    NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise editions.

    1. From your Start screen, start typing gpedit.msc, and press Enter when finished.
    NOTE: You could also press + R to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and click/tap on OK.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    3. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and open Personalization. (see screenshot below)

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    4.
    In the right pane of Personalization, double click/tap on Force a specific background and accent color. (see screenshot above)

    5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.

    6. To Allow Users to Change their own Background Color and Accent Color

    A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 7C)
    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

    7. To Force Specific Default Background Color and Accent Color for All Users

    A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 7C)

    B) Go to the Microsoft sites below to lookup the hex number (#RGB value) of the colors you want to specify for the Start background color and Accent color.



    C) Under Options, type in the hex number (#RGB value) of the color you want to specify for the Start background color (ex: #191970) and Accent color (ex: #4169E1), click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    hello

    thank you very much for this tutorial, that worked for me

    but, i have noticed after i have forced a specific background and accent color in the registry, namely some blue colors,

    the color of the page with the settings logo (see picture) stayed in the default purple color

    maybe this color page need to be set with a key in the windows registry for itself ?

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    thank again

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    Excellent guide ! Again !

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    @vrosa,
    Thank you Vladimir. Glad you like it.


    @guigeek, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Unfortunately, that can't be helped. That's the color of the PC settings app tile instead, so it's not related to what colors you set for the modern UI. You'll notice this is the same for the Store app with it's green app tile.

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    ok thank Brink ^^

    the purple color misled me :B
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    No worries. I thought the same at first.
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    I have found this website Color Hex Color Codes that allows you to convert any colour you want into the hex format to work with this tutorial, so you are not limited with the colours that Microsoft provides. Simple enter "rgb(r,g,b)" (replace "r", "g" and "b" with the values of red, green a blue in your colour) into the search box of the website to generate the hex value for that colour.

    I found this particularly useful for matching my existing start menu colours which I could not find on the Microsoft site.
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    Yeah, I've even looked at the high contrast ones... In there I can at least turn down the window background so it's not so dreadful, but I appear to have TWO choices for the whole desktop - screaming blinding white, or blacker than the pit of hell black........

    I hit the one with the white desktop and thought I'd had a stroke!

    After a bunch of searching, I came across a comment that they'd REMOVED the capability to tune the colors of the windows and all the other UI stuff in 8.1..... If this is true, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? Has Microsoft decided we're all morons that spend all our time tweeting and taking selfies or what?

    OK, is there a good 3rd party, customizable aero-style (or better) tool for adjusting the theme?
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    Hello Gracie,

    If you like, after using the steps in the tutorial here to allow users to set their own, you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to change your background color to what you like.

    Start Screen - Change Background Color and Image
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    Hi there

    This doesn't seem to work in Enterprise 8.1 X-64 - I can't get rid of the hideous blue screen - it seems the only way to adjust is at install time. The tutorial doesn't seem to work -- I can't see anywhere where I can change the colours.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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