The correct way to permanently set the colors (and other parameters) of a console/command-prompt is to:
- Open a command-prompt
- Right-click the titlebar or press Alt+Space
- Select Defaults from the context-menu
- Set the properties you would like (colors on the Colors tab)
- Click OK
The method that Tapped-Out gave works because Windows 7 happens to have a bug where the Properties option modifies the default values instead of just for the current console, and it could be fixed at any time.
The method that Indrek gave works as well, but using the provided interface is easier (and safer) than manually editing the registry, especially when setting the colors since you don’t have to mess around with hexadecimal values. Also, you don’t have to worry about setting permissions with the interface.
Finally, a word of warning. Each console type gets its own set of parameters, as does each shortcut to a console. In other words, if you create a shortcut to a console, changing the parameters will modify the shortcut and apply only to the console opened by the shortcut, not via other shortcuts or means. Also, if you run a console application and modify the parameters, they will be applied only to that console application and not to other consoles such as the command-prompt.
To clarify, what happens is that all consoles (command-prompts and console apps) use the default settings (stored in
HKCU\Console) until they are specifically changed, at which point they will make a copy of those settings and use those from then on. For example, if you open
edit.com, it will initially use the settings in
HKCU\Console, but if you make changes to it, a copy will be made to
HKCU\Console\c:windows_system32_edit.com, and changes to the defaults will no longer be reflected because settings specific to
command.com exist (and override the defaults). This is similar to how user settings override system settings (e.g. HKCU overrides HKLM defaults).