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Pitch Black Theme.reg - now for Ctrl+Alt+Del (and logon on 11) as well - revised 2022-06-16
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Pitch Black Theme preset by AveYo, AccentPalette idea by /u/Egg-Tricky
; for Ctrl+Alt+Del, Logon, Taskbar, Start Menu, Action Center (10 & 11)
; revised 2022-06-16: show active taskbar button in accent color
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColorMenu"=dword:aa000000 ; Window borders and titlebar
"StartColorMenu"=dword:aa202020 ; Modals in UWP ex. Apply new refresh rate in 10
"AccentPalette"=hex:\
00,9d,ff,aa,\ ; Links in action center and apps
00,9d,ff,aa,\ ; Taskbar icons underline
00,9d,ff,aa,\ ; Start button hover
00,9d,ff,aa,\ ; Settings icons and links [Blue]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Startmenu background / Active taskbar button - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar front and Folders on start list background [None]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar background - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001
00,00,00,aa ; Unused
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColorMenu"=dword:aa000000 ; Window borders and titlebar, where [aabbggrr] aa = alpha, ignored
"StartColorMenu"=dword:aa202020 ; Modals in UWP ex. Apply new refresh rate in 10
"AccentPalette"=hex:\
00,9d,ff,aa,\ ; Links in action center and apps, where [rr,gg,bb,aa] aa = alpha, ignored
00,9d,ff,aa,\ ; Taskbar icons underline
00,9d,ff,aa,\ ; Start button hover
00,9d,ff,aa,\ ; Settings icons and links [Blue]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Startmenu background / Active taskbar button - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar front and Folders on start list background [None]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar background - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001
00,00,00,aa ; Unused
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000000 ; Show accent color on Title bars and window borders []
"AccentColor"=dword:aa000000 ; Active title bars - black unsupported in the UI but works with AccentPalette
"AccentColorInactive"=dword:aa202020 ; Inactive title bars
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000000 ; Show accent color on Title bars and window borders []
"AccentColor"=dword:aa000000 ; Active title bars - black unsupported in the UI but works with AccentPalette
"AccentColorInactive"=dword:aa202020 ; Inactive title bars
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm]
"ForceEffectMode"=dword:00000001 ; Dark Start and Taskbar while Transparency is on - needed for highlight active button
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000001 ; Show accent color on Start, taskbar and action center [x]
"AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Apps mode [Dark]
"SystemUsesLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Windows mode [Dark]
"EnabledBlurBehind"=dword:00000000 ; Blur []
"EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001 ; Transparency [x] needed for highlight active button
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000001 ; Show accent color on Start, taskbar and action center [x]
"AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Apps mode [Dark]
"SystemUsesLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Windows mode [Dark]
"EnabledBlurBehind"=dword:00000000 ; Blur []
"EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001 ; Transparency [x] needed for highlight active button
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
"Hilight"="0 157 255" ; [Blue]
"HotTrackingColor"="0 157 255"
"MenuHilight"="0 157 255"
"ActiveBorder"="0 0 0"
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
"Hilight"="0 157 255" ; [Blue]
"HotTrackingColor"="0 157 255"
"MenuHilight"="0 157 255"
"ActiveBorder"="0 0 0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"Background"="0 0 0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon"=dword:00000001 ; AveYo: enable pure black logon on 11
"DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=- ; keep logon picture - separate y_solid_color_lockscreen.reg provided
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
"PersonalColors_Background"="#000000" ; AveYo: this is what was missing to make Ctrl+Alt+Del background black as well
"PersonalColors_Accent"=-
"NoLockScreen"=- ; keep lock screen - separate y_no_lockscreen.reg provided
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
; done - log off and back on to see all changes
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Pitch Black Theme solid preset by AveYo, AccentPalette idea by /u/Egg-Tricky
; for Ctrl+Alt+Del, Logon, Taskbar, Start Menu, Action Center (10 & 11)
; no transparency, no highlight active taskbar button, solid color logon
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColorMenu"=dword:aa000000 ; Window borders and titlebar
"StartColorMenu"=dword:aa202020 ; Modals in UWP ex. Apply new refresh rate in 10
"AccentPalette"=hex:\
80,80,80,aa,\ ; Links in action center and apps
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar icons underline
80,80,80,aa,\ ; Start button hover
80,80,80,aa,\ ; Settings icons and links [Gray]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Startmenu background / Active taskbar button - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar front and Folders on start list background [None]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar background - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001
00,00,00,aa ; Unused
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColorMenu"=dword:aa000000 ; Window borders and titlebar, where [aabbggrr] aa = alpha, ignored
"StartColorMenu"=dword:aa202020 ; Modals in UWP ex. Apply new refresh rate in 10
"AccentPalette"=hex:\
80,80,80,aa,\ ; Links in action center and apps, where [rr,gg,bb,aa] aa = alpha, ignored
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar icons underline
80,80,80,aa,\ ; Start button hover
80,80,80,aa,\ ; Settings icons and links [Gray]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Startmenu background / Active taskbar button - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar front and Folders on start list background [None]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar background - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001
00,00,00,aa ; Unused
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000000 ; Show accent color on Title bars and window borders []
"AccentColor"=dword:aa000000 ; Active title bars - black unsupported in the UI but works with AccentPalette
"AccentColorInactive"=dword:aa202020 ; Inactive title bars
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000000 ; Show accent color on Title bars and window borders []
"AccentColor"=dword:aa000000 ; Active title bars - black unsupported in the UI but works with AccentPalette
"AccentColorInactive"=dword:aa202020 ; Inactive title bars
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000001 ; Show accent color on Start, taskbar and action center [x]
"AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Apps mode [Dark]
"SystemUsesLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Windows mode [Dark]
"EnabledBlurBehind"=dword:00000000 ; Blur []
"EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000 ; Transparency []
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000001 ; Show accent color on Start, taskbar and action center [x]
"AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Apps mode [Dark]
"SystemUsesLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Windows mode [Dark]
"EnabledBlurBehind"=dword:00000000 ; Blur []
"EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000 ; Transparency []
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
"Hilight"="128 128 128" ; [Gray]
"HotTrackingColor"="128 128 128"
"MenuHilight"="128 128 128"
"ActiveBorder"="0 0 0"
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
"Hilight"="128 128 128" ; [Gray]
"HotTrackingColor"="128 128 128"
"MenuHilight"="128 128 128"
"ActiveBorder"="0 0 0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"Background"="0 0 0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon"=dword:00000001 ; AveYo: enable pure black logon on 11
"DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=dword:00000001 ; solid color logon
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
"PersonalColors_Background"="#000000" ; AveYo: this is what was missing to make Ctrl+Alt+Del background black as well
"PersonalColors_Accent"=-
"NoLockScreen"=dword:00000001 ; remove lock screen
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
; done - log off and back on to see all changes
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Salmon Red Not Theme preset by AveYo, AccentPalette idea by /u/Egg-Tricky
; for Ctrl+Alt+Del, Logon, Taskbar, Start Menu, Action Center (10 & 11)
; revised 2022-06-16: show active taskbar button in accent color
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColorMenu"=dword:aa000000 ; Window borders and titlebar
"StartColorMenu"=dword:aa202020 ; Modals in UWP ex. Apply new refresh rate in 10
"AccentPalette"=hex:\
ff,00,00,aa,\ ; Links in action center and apps
ff,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar icons underline
ff,00,00,aa,\ ; Start button hover
ff,00,00,aa,\ ; Settings icons and links [Red]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Startmenu background / Active taskbar button - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar front and Folders on start list background [None]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar background - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001
00,00,00,aa ; Unused
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColorMenu"=dword:aa000000 ; Window borders and titlebar, where [aabbggrr] aa = alpha, ignored
"StartColorMenu"=dword:aa202020 ; Modals in UWP ex. Apply new refresh rate in 10
"AccentPalette"=hex:\
ff,00,00,aa,\ ; Links in action center and apps, where [rr,gg,bb,aa] aa = alpha, ignored
ff,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar icons underline
ff,00,00,aa,\ ; Start button hover
ff,00,00,aa,\ ; Settings icons and links [Red]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Startmenu background / Active taskbar button - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar front and Folders on start list background [None]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar background - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001
00,00,00,aa ; Unused
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000000 ; Show accent color on Title bars and window borders []
"AccentColor"=dword:aa000000 ; Active title bars - black unsupported in the UI but works with AccentPalette
"AccentColorInactive"=dword:aa202020 ; Inactive title bars
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000000 ; Show accent color on Title bars and window borders []
"AccentColor"=dword:aa000000 ; Active title bars - black unsupported in the UI but works with AccentPalette
"AccentColorInactive"=dword:aa202020 ; Inactive title bars
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm]
"ForceEffectMode"=dword:00000001 ; Dark Start and Taskbar while Transparency is on - needed for highlight active button
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000001 ; Show accent color on Start, taskbar and action center [x]
"AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Apps mode [Dark]
"SystemUsesLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Windows mode [Dark]
"EnabledBlurBehind"=dword:00000000 ; Blur []
"EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001 ; Transparency [x] needed for highlight active button
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000001 ; Show accent color on Start, taskbar and action center [x]
"AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Apps mode [Dark]
"SystemUsesLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Windows mode [Dark]
"EnabledBlurBehind"=dword:00000000 ; Blur []
"EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001 ; Transparency [x] needed for highlight active button
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
"Hilight"="255 0 0" ; [Red]
"HotTrackingColor"="255 0 0"
"MenuHilight"="255 0 0"
"ActiveBorder"="0 0 0"
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
"Hilight"="255 0 0" ; [Red]
"HotTrackingColor"="255 0 0"
"MenuHilight"="255 0 0"
"ActiveBorder"="0 0 0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"Background"="0 0 0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon"=dword:00000001 ; AveYo: enable pure black logon on 11
"DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=- ; keep logon picture - separate y_solid_color_lockscreen.reg provided
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
"PersonalColors_Background"="#000000" ; AveYo: this is what was missing to make Ctrl+Alt+Del background black as well
"PersonalColors_Accent"=-
"NoLockScreen"=- ; keep lock screen - separate y_no_lockscreen.reg provided
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
; done - log off and back on to see all changes
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Violet Black Theme preset by AveYo, AccentPalette idea by /u/Egg-Tricky
; for Ctrl+Alt+Del, Logon, Taskbar, Start Menu, Action Center (10 & 11)
; revised 2022-06-16: show active taskbar button in accent color
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColorMenu"=dword:aa000000 ; Window borders and titlebar
"StartColorMenu"=dword:aa202020 ; Modals in UWP ex. Apply new refresh rate in 10
"AccentPalette"=hex:\
b5,66,ff,aa,\ ; Links in action center and apps
6c,3a,98,aa,\ ; Taskbar icons underline
8a,2c,dd,aa,\ ; Start button hover
9d,5c,d6,aa,\ ; Settings icons and links [Blue]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Startmenu background / Active taskbar button - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar front and Folders on start list background [None]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar background - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001
00,00,00,aa ; Unused
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
"AccentColorMenu"=dword:aa000000 ; Window borders and titlebar, where [aabbggrr] aa = alpha, ignored
"StartColorMenu"=dword:aa202020 ; Modals in UWP ex. Apply new refresh rate in 10
"AccentPalette"=hex:\
b5,66,ff,aa,\ ; Links in action center and apps, where [rr,gg,bb,aa] aa = alpha, ignored
6c,3a,98,aa,\ ; Taskbar icons underline
8a,2c,dd,aa,\ ; Start button hover
9d,5c,d6,aa,\ ; Settings icons and links [Blue]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Startmenu background / Active taskbar button - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000000
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar front and Folders on start list background [None]
00,00,00,aa,\ ; Taskbar background - IF "EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001
00,00,00,aa ; Unused
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000000 ; Show accent color on Title bars and window borders []
"AccentColor"=dword:aa000000 ; Active title bars - black unsupported in the UI but works with AccentPalette
"AccentColorInactive"=dword:aa202020 ; Inactive title bars
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000000 ; Show accent color on Title bars and window borders []
"AccentColor"=dword:aa000000 ; Active title bars - black unsupported in the UI but works with AccentPalette
"AccentColorInactive"=dword:aa202020 ; Inactive title bars
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm]
"ForceEffectMode"=dword:00000001 ; Dark Start and Taskbar while Transparency is on - needed for highlight active button
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000001 ; Show accent color on Start, taskbar and action center [x]
"AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Apps mode [Dark]
"SystemUsesLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Windows mode [Dark]
"EnabledBlurBehind"=dword:00000000 ; Blur []
"EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001 ; Transparency [x] needed for highlight active button
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000001 ; Show accent color on Start, taskbar and action center [x]
"AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Apps mode [Dark]
"SystemUsesLightTheme"=dword:00000000 ; Windows mode [Dark]
"EnabledBlurBehind"=dword:00000000 ; Blur []
"EnableTransparency"=dword:00000001 ; Transparency [x] needed for highlight active button
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
"Hilight"="181 102 255" ; [Violet]
"HotTrackingColor"="181 102 255"
"MenuHilight"="181 102 255"
"ActiveBorder"="0 0 0"
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
"Hilight"="181 102 255" ; [Violet]
"HotTrackingColor"="181 102 255"
"MenuHilight"="181 102 255"
"ActiveBorder"="0 0 0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"Background"="0 0 0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon"=dword:00000001 ; AveYo: enable pure black logon on 11
"DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=- ; keep logon picture - separate y_solid_color_lockscreen.reg provided
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
"PersonalColors_Background"="#000000" ; AveYo: this is what was missing to make Ctrl+Alt+Del background black as well
"PersonalColors_Accent"=-
"NoLockScreen"=- ; keep lock screen - separate y_no_lockscreen.reg provided
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
; done - log off and back on to see all changes
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
"NoLockScreen"=dword:00000001 ; no lockscreen entirely
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; undo Pitch Black Theme preset
; you can reapply your previous accent from the list of recent colors
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"Background"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon"=-
"DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
"PersonalColors_Background"=-
"PersonalColors_Accent"=-
"NoLockScreen"=-
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
; done - log off and back on to see all changes
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=dword:00000001 ; solid color logon
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AveYo commented Mar 23, 2022

preview on windows 10:
Pitch Black 10
preview on windows 11:
Pitch Black 11
preview on ctrl + alt + del (finally nailed it):
Pitch Black Ctrl+Alt+Del

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AveYo commented Mar 23, 2022

On Windows 10 looks splendid even on my (Eizo) MVA screen.
It also exposes how excessively bright is the so-called "dark" mode.
I rather have pitch black backgrounds and clearly defined text, than that tiresome gray..

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AveYo commented Mar 23, 2022

Added the Violet Black variant to show how to change default Blue accent
Violet

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AveYo commented Mar 23, 2022

Updated to take care of logon screen not being pure black on 11
(due to acrylic being applied even if using solid color)

To better showcase it, no-lockscreen and no-image-lockscreen are used (with separate undo reg provided)
lockscreen

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AveYo commented Mar 23, 2022

final update of the day - removed borders

@lemur1111
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Works beautifully. Thank you man.

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AveYo commented Jun 17, 2022

Update to emphasize focused window on taskbar (with accent color) - this is more relevant in windows 10.

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AveYo commented Jun 21, 2022

Added "Salmon Red Not" variant ;)
Added the original Pitch Black solid variant (with gray accent instead of blue)

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net775 commented Aug 3, 2022

so cool, can i restore the defualt theme if i need?

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AveYo commented Aug 3, 2022

just run y_reset_accent_color_variables.reg
you can also save your current theme in settings and then re-apply it (or one of the default ones)

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Hathdert commented Sep 5, 2022

Thanks for the Black Theme. Works like a charm on my OLED Laptop screen, and helps to save battery. Default windows "dark", are not real dark.

@ElectricityMachine
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loving this theme so far! you mentioned "removed borders" in one of the updates, but the borders look the same to me :\ is there a way to remove the annoying 1px border that is around all windows on 11? ss for reference:
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dave157 commented Mar 5, 2023

Love the theme, great work. I was wondering if the folders could be black like the start menu? Thanks in advance !

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I installed the black theme on my windows 10. Now i had no idea it would make it impossible to add a lockscreen image. So i tried using the undo reg and it did not revert lockscreen changes and the restriction in settings. I love how it looks but not being able to revert changes makes me feel uneasy. Any way you can create a reg file that will allow me to set a custom lockscreen image again please?

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can u also post default reg file ... if i get things wrong i will be able to revert it

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AveYo commented Aug 17, 2023

@techgamers2
y_reset_accent_color_variables.reg will reset the changes
I checked it again and it works, but added those solid / no-lockscreen too (preset themes do not enforce them)
all you need after a logoff / restart is to change your theme in settings

another issue is github being dumb and using LF unix line endings for windows files - but now when you use download zip button the correct CRLF line endings will be inforced

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bindi commented Sep 6, 2023

I tried both pitch black and pitch black solid, neither gives me a black taskbar on Win11 22H2 (22621.525). Anything I am doing wrong?

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AveYo commented Sep 6, 2023

I tried both pitch black and pitch black solid, neither gives me a black taskbar on Win11 22H2 (22621.525). Anything I am doing wrong?

@bindi, it's translucent.
Never came up, but you need a background that is black behind it.
You would lose the ability to differentiate the active taskbar button otherwise
But that's more impactful in Windows 10.
For 11, just go ahead and turn Transparency effects off in Personalize - Color.

Solid version should give you a black taskbar. You probably haven't restarted your PC after applying the reg - it toggles DWM values, so killing explorer / logging off is not enough, must restart.

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bindi commented Sep 6, 2023

you need a background that is black behind it.

Yup, OLED enjoyer here. Pitch black.

For 11, just go ahead and turn Transparency effects off in Personalize - Color.

This is already done.

must restart.

Restarted as well.

I'm a local user (with access to the administrator account), does this matter? No UAC prompts when running the .reg file.
My lock screen is also not changed to black.

Edit: looking at "Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent" I can see that the values do not correspond to what the .reg file has, so they are not being applied at all..

Final edit: I had to make myself an admin again, run regedit.exe as my admin account, import the reg file, and voilà. Double clicking the reg file directly just gave an error about access to the registry, even when I was a local admin. (a relog could have fixed this probably)
Running regedit.exe as "the other" administrator would make HKCU their, and not mine.

I also unblocked the file (downloaded from internet checkbox thingy in properties) for good measure.

Taskbar / start menu are now pitch black. I also had to run the no lockscreen .reg to get rid of the picture showing.

Now things are as they were in my Win 10 build before. Thanks, and sorry for the noise.

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AveYo commented Sep 6, 2023

Yeah, the perks of running a limited user account - when you import a reg it does not prompt you but silently redirects other hives, so you can't tell at a glance why stuff does not work.

But that's how all people should run; it's 100% microsoft's fault for "cultivating" all software elevating forcing users to login as admin to reduce annoyances. And something as basic as the desktop colors are no longer configurable just via a text file theme / hkcu alone in 10 & 11.

A script would be more suitable than a simple reg file, since the changes required are across the current user, local machine and the system account hives!

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