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Here is my problem: enter image description here

The text is barely readable. I want to make the text white. I know there is no normal way of doing this, but is it possible to 'hack' this? I.e. find the config file that holds these color values (supposedly HEX or RGB) and change them manually?

What a disappointment that MS didn't think of this problem.

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There is no fix for it WITHOUT using a modified theme. You must use UxStyle to get other themes working. Here is a theme which fixes your issue:

Windows 8 default theme - Fix for dark title bars

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Thanks - this looks like just the ticket :) – alexleonard May 19 '13 at 6:34
Worked for me on Win8.1, thanks! – SeinopSys Jun 15 '14 at 19:30
@DJDavid98 for 8.1, use this theme: – magicandre1981 Jun 16 '14 at 4:14
@magicandre1981 The one you linked in this answer is working so far. – SeinopSys Jun 16 '14 at 9:32
@DJDavid98 but old Win8 themes don't support the new features from the larger 8.1 update:… – magicandre1981 Jun 16 '14 at 18:34

Yes, this is a known problem and has been dealt with in other forums.

There is a tool called UxStyle that should be able to fix it (I've not tried it personally).

Alternatively, try Aero8Tuner.

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I would like to solve this without any third-party programmes. – Bram Vanroy Jan 22 '13 at 15:20
Why? It is a one-off change anyway. Just delete the app after you've made the change. – Julian Knight Jan 22 '13 at 15:45
I didn't notice anything in Aero8Tuner that would actually solve the titlebar text issue when setting window colour to black. – alexleonard May 19 '13 at 6:30

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