I use a program called f.lux to change the display color. However, the color does not affect the mouse: leaving it an ugly bright white. A partial fix is to set the registry value of mouse trails to -1, but this causes some games to be unable to render the cursor whatsoever, due to incompatibilities with pointer trails (making them useless).

I am looking for a method to completely disable the hardware cursor. I know some games can do it, but I cannot find anything for Windows itself. Is there a different setting I could change to force hardware acceleration, or a script I could write? Or, is there a way to change registry settings for just some programs (the games that don't support pointer trails)?

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    Why not look for a mouse cursor theme that matches your colour scheme?
    – Paul
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 5:48
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    I could try, but I'd probably have to design it myself. In addition, I have f.lux cycling through different levels throughout the day, so it would look different at sunset vs. midnight. That's the plan if I can't find a better way, though.
    – Aaa
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 5:51
  • photo.stackexchange.com/questions/3436/… Commented May 15, 2015 at 6:45
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    @Richie I found that in my search, but there was no other OS based fix besides mouse trails.
    – Aaa
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 7:19
  • change the color of the display using the video card's color management instead of windows' color management, or change it on the monitor? Commented May 15, 2015 at 7:33

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Instead of enabling pointer trails for f.lux, try switching to the inverted cursor set.

If you can get used to its oldschool design, it solves all problems:

  • color management is applied
  • works in most games
  • cursor does not "scream" at you

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