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Windows Logon Screen Background Color

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This might sound silly but how do you change the logon screen background color? (the screen that lists all of the user accounts)

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Open regedit, go to


HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent\

create a DWORD (32 Bit) with the name DefaultColorSet and next set a value. 2 = gray.

Here are some values:

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Leave it to Andre Ziegler to find cool undocumented reg values using ProcMon. You're amazing, man! :thumbup Always find your posts helpful.

I wish the horrible ugly logon screen should show an image like the Windows 7/Vista logon screen. That feature is "moved" to the Lock screen. :(

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There is now an easy-to-use tool to do this by Winaero thanks to the genius Sergey Tkachenko: Sign In Screen Color Changer thumbup.gif

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I think it sets the same key? Correct?

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Yes the same key. Just a convenient GUI. :)

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xplcient, thanks for "genius", but actually I am not.

My Sign In Screen Color Changer is just several lines of code :)

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Something changed in Windows 8.1. For Win8 I use this AutoIT script at the start:

	RegWrite ( "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent" , "ColorSet_Version3" , "REG_DWORD" , "0x0000000e" )	RunWait (@ComSpec & " /c taskkill.exe /f /im explorer.exe")	Run(@ComSpec & " /c Start c:\windows\explorer.exe")	$metro = "1"

This changes the metro screen to red (from the default). And it works in Windows 8.1. However after the work is done, this part does NOT change it to green (or anything). But later if I change the reg key to 0x0000000b, and restart, the color still stays as red. I've tried other hex codes and they do not make any difference. Even if I manually change the registry key, and either kill and re-open explorer or restart the computer.

I should also note, that in Audit Mode, you can't launch explorer.exe nor cmd.exe from Task Manager unless you check the "create this task with administrative priveledges" box.

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Using that tool doesn't seem to work. Not even changing the colors in the app. I can select the new color from the list but the little boxes remain the same. I do see that it writes *something* to the registry, but I cannot determine what those hex values relate to. They are not standard hex color codes. I rebooted as well but it didn't change anything.

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Hi, I am developer of the tool.

Tripredacus, please tell me which OS your use? x86 or x64?

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Windows 8.1 Pro x64 RTM

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