Windows 10: Hidden Dark Theme


  1. Posts : 25
    windows 10
       #1

    Windows 10: Hidden Dark Theme


    not sure if this has been shared. . i searched but didn't find anything.
    apparently Windows has a hidden, alternate dark theme matching MetroApps :)

    Windows 10: Hidden Dark Theme-kxmy03f.png

    Unfortunately.. this is only available to Pro or higher editions

    Save this as .reg file, merge, then restart computer:
    - you'll need administrative privileges to merge due to HKLM branch.

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
    "AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000
    
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
    "AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000
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  2. Posts : 26,399
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #2

    Worked great I was wondering where that setting was... you might want to post one to reverse it too.
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  3. Posts : 16,095
    Windows 11 Pro X64
       #3

    Yes, it does work great. To reverse it, delete the reg entries or set them to “1” to re-enable the light theme.
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  4. Posts : 1,017
    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
       #4

    Credit/Rep should be given to @BillGates for creating the registry key in the Original Post and I also found the original post by Edwin, for the dark theme pointing to the registry location here.

    To further help others I created registry keys for both "Dark" and "Light" themes so you can easily switch themes. (Note:This also works if you are using Windows 10 Home)

    Light Theme.zip

    Dark Theme.zip

    I also created a folder for both themes which can be saved anywhere you wish, Now create a shortcut and place the shortcut in your "ProgamData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs" folder for easy access from the start menu.

    Use Dark or Light theme.zip

    Note: You must have "Show hidden files, folders or drives enabled or the Hidden Items check marked in Windows Explorer > View > Hidden Items.

    Windows 10: Hidden Dark Theme-dark-light-0.pngWindows 10: Hidden Dark Theme-dark-light-2.png

    Dark & Light.ico

    PS: Here is a Yin-Yang Icon to replace the folder icon with.
    Last edited by IownAmoneyPit; 08 Aug 2015 at 20:20. Reason: Edited for clarity & tested zip files.
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  5. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       #5

    Had been looking for a way to get the dark theme on Home edition after 1511 messed with my custom settings. Thank you!
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  6. Posts : 20
    Win10, Win 8.1 and Win 7
       #6

    Does this fix the light title bars as well??
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  7. Posts : 26,399
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #7

    Stargazer22 said:
    Does this fix the light title bars as well??
    If you mean for the System32 portion of windows, nope.
    For that go here: Aerolite Theme - Install in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    or here: Inactive Title Bar Color - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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