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How do i set custom colors for active and inactive title bars, Windows 2000-style, in Windows 8.1?

I do not want to enable high contrast mode, because it makes Internet Explorer unusable.

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Have you seen this question and the linked thread? Maybe it has some useful tips. – Karan Mar 15 '13 at 1:08
@Karan sorry, nothing of use to me there. – kinokijuf Mar 15 '13 at 17:35
Have a look as well into this answer requiring switching to the Aero Lite style themes. – harrymc Dec 2 '13 at 14:33
If a commercial product is acceptable, you could try WindowBlinds ($7.49, trial available). – harrymc Dec 2 '13 at 14:50
@harrymc I know how to change the text color, i want to change the bar color too. – kinokijuf Dec 2 '13 at 16:02

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You cannot do it easily - not a feature provided by Microsoft. However there are couple of options for you:

This is probably the best one based on your requirements

Second option, which is not exactly what you are asking for but could still help

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-1 would be better as comment – kinokijuf Dec 4 '13 at 6:48

At the risk of getting under-voted, this is the answer according to my knowledge :

In Windows 8.1, registry options are available only for high contrast themes.
Therefore your only option is to customize a high contrast theme and make it less ugly.

Some third-party tools will help you with that task, for example WindowBlinds ($7.49, trial available).

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-1 Please do not give non-answers, this is a bounty question. – kinokijuf Dec 4 '13 at 11:26
Asking us to rewrite Windows is not acceptable, even with a bounty. Please don't under-vote people who just try to help. – harrymc Dec 4 '13 at 11:41

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