I am aware that settings related to Themes and Personalization can be found here:


I can't find the specific settings I am looking for, which are:

  • Automatically pick an Accent Color from my background (Enabled by Default; I want to disable)
  • Show accent color on the following surfaces: Start Menu/Taskbar/Action Center & Titles Bars (Both disabled by default; I want them both enabled)
  • Transparency (On by default I think; I want it off)
  • Color (ability to set a specific color, i.e. a certain shade of green)

With the exception of color, they are all checkboxes or toggles.

So basically, I'm looking for keys I can put in a REG file so if I logon to a machine I've never used before, I can get the system to this state, simply by running the REG file:

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I do not have administrative rights of any kind.

  • I would use GPOs if I could. I don't have control over that. I'm in a domain with over 10,000 users in my OU and no support or sympathy from IT. I've created my own logon/logoff scripts to automate everything, and they upgraded some machines from Win7 to Win10 so I'm in the process of refining my scripts. With Win7, Themes were disabled so I didn't have to worry about that. I hate the default black, so I want to change it to green and enforce some other customization. Can you give me the HKLU instead of HKLM? No admin rights. (Thankfully, I can use regedit now, couldn't before). Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 21:20
  • If you don't have Administrator rights on the domain, then I cannot help, I will withdraw my comments in that case.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 21:26
  • @Ramhound Why would I need local (let alone domain) admin rights in order to untick some checkboxes that affect only my user account in an automated fashion? I don't follow. Sure, I would love to have domain admin rights but that won't happen. If I did, I would use GPOs and configure the system images in order to get my intended result anyways, not 10 or 15 .bat and .reg files Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 21:40
  • You don't but I know of no other solution except one that requires it
    – Ramhound
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 22:18

4 Answers 4


Active Window Border


Active Window Title Bar


Inactive Window Title Bar


Transparency effects


Show accent color on the following surfaces

Start, taskbar, and action center


Title bars


Default app mode


Start Menu Tile

Haven't figured it out yet

App Accent Color

Haven't figured it out yet

Various Windows Explorer, and Taskbar settings

  • What is the format of the data expected by, e.g., AccentColor? It looks like 0xBBGGRR? Also AccentColorInactive actually works in Windows 10 1909, even though I had to add that entry manually.
    – jrh
    Commented Jan 4, 2021 at 21:19

For the answer above (Drew Chapin) - I suppose that's what you looking for:

Start Menu Tile and App Accent Color


  • The question now is how to reliably determine what the **** is so it can be used in a script. However, I don't use the Windows 10 Start Menu nor do I use any apps in Windows 10, so this is low priority for me. But this information is correct as I've confirmed on my system. Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 15:05
  • If you know the user name wmic useraccount where name="USER" get sid will return the SID. Requires that an account exists. If the user name is variable but uses the currently logged in account, use %username% system variable. If you prefer to do it computer wide, it can be forced with Group Policy. This post is informative to read the wmic output correctly as a variable: stackoverflow.com/questions/42663557/…
    – Amorphous
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 23:47

I've noticed that "Automatically pick an accent color from my background" option leads to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM\ColorizationColorBalance getting a value 0xfffffff3 (i.e. it overrides an actual colorization color balance).


In the Registry, "Automatically pick an Accent Color from my background" can be enabled/disabled by setting the following key to 0 or 1:

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\AutoColorization

The Powershell command is:

Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Control Panel\Desktop" -Name "AutoColorization" -Value 1
  • This didn't work for me on Win10 21H2.
    – KERR
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 4:41

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