Windows 10: Updating the Windows Console Colors in Clean Install of build 16257 Insider

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       02 Aug 2017 #1

    Updating the Windows Console Colors in Clean Install of build 16257

    In another blockbuster post, our Summer 2017 Intern, @craigaloewen unveils a subtle, but important improvement to the Console in Windows 10 Insider build 16257. I know many of you have been asking for this! Over to you Craig ...

    The Windows Console's colors are getting their first overhaul in more than 20 years! Hurray!

    The default color values have been changed to improve legibility of darker colors on modern screens, and to give the Console a more modern look & feel.

    For example, Windows Console's legacy blue is very difficult to read on a modern high-contrast displays ...

    ... and the improved blue is much more legible:

    What might not be immediately apparent from the above screenshots is that we didn't just change the blue, we actually tweaked all of the colors!

    Why Change the Entire Color Scheme?

    During the past 20 years, screens & display technology, contrast ratio, and resolution have changed significantly, from CRT's through TFT LCD's to modern-day nano-scale 4K displays.

    The legacy default scheme was not built for modern displays and does not render as well on newer high-contrast LCD displays. This is particularly apparent with deeply saturated darker colors like blue.

    The new default colors will modernize the look of the Windows Console and make it more congruent with other terminal experiences, such as the integrated terminal in VSCode.

    Where Will I See these Changes?

    If you clean-install a new build of Windows 10 >= 16257, you'll get the new colors as the default Console scheme.

    If you upgraded to this new build of Windows, you will still see the original legacy colors, not the new defaults! This is because we do NOT want to overwrite any of your existing custom color settings. To better understand how color settings are stored, please read this blog post on Windows Console settings.

    So how will you see the new color scheme if you have upgraded from a previous build? We'll soon be publishing a tool that will help you apply this new scheme and a selection of alternative color schemes to your Windows Console. Stay tuned for more details.

    The New Default Scheme Details

    Here is the legacy color scheme (top), and the new default scheme (below):

    Additionally, the following table describes the color scheme change in terms of RGB values.

    Color Name Console Legacy RGB Values New Default RGB Values
    BLACK 0,0,0 12,12,12
    DARK_BLUE 0,0,128 0,55,218
    DARK_GREEN 0,128,0 19,161,14
    DARK_CYAN 0,128,128 58,150,221
    DARK_RED 128,0,0 197,15,31
    DARK_MAGENTA 128,0,128 136,23,152
    DARK_YELLOW 128,128,0 193,156,0
    DARK_WHITE 192,192,192 204,204,204
    BRIGHT_BLACK 128,128,128 118,118,118
    BRIGHT_BLUE 0,0,255 59,120,255
    BRIGHT_GREEN 0,255,0 22,198,12
    BRIGHT_CYAN 0,255,255 97,214,214
    BRIGHT_RED 255,0,0 231,72,86
    BRIGHT_MAGENTA 255,0,255 180,0,158
    BRIGHT_YELLOW 255,255,0 249,241,165
    WHITE 255,255,255 242,242,242

    Source: Updating the Windows Console Colors Windows Command Line Tools For Developers
    Last edited by Brink; 02 Aug 2017 at 22:21.
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  2.    02 Aug 2017 #1

    I just did an upgrade to this new build so I did not get this feature but I am excited to try it when it is available.
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