If you prefer the look of apps that use a Dark Theme, Windows comes with one that’s almost complete but isn’t 100%. If you’re okay living that close to the edge, you can enable it now.
You can either download the registry entry and merge it, or make the edit yourself.
Before you start, review this guide if you’re unfamiliar with editing the Windows registry.
To make the edit yourself:
- Open the registry editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes
- Create a new key named Personalize
- Within the key, create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named AppsUseLightTheme with a value of 0
- Navigate to:
- If it doesn’t already exist, create a new key named Personalize
- Create the same DWORD (32-bit) value named AppsUseLightTheme with a value of 0
- Sign out of Windows and sign back in
To switch back to the light theme, delete the registry entries and sign out and back in. If you’d like to enable this for multiple users, sign in as that user and make the same change under HKCU (read more about the registry root keys.)
Want to customize Windows 10 further? See this tip and others like it here: Unlock secret settings in Windows 10
In this guest post, Abby Perkins from Software Providers shares her insight into what’s coming with Windows 10 and how it will function for users of desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
Microsoft is a large company (the sixth biggest in the world by market cap), and its customer base reflects the company’s size. Unlike Apple’s customers, Microsoft’s tend to display less brand loyalty across products. The product that unifies all of Microsoft is the Windows operating system. Microsoft’s challenge with the upcoming release of Windows 10 is holding its large family of customers together. Here is how the tech giant plans on meeting everyone’s demands.
One operating system for all devices
Windows 10 will be designed to run on all devices. Microsoft believes its operating system is simple enough to run on the most basic smartphone yet sophisticated enough to keep businesses’ most demanding servers running smoothly. It has also designed the newest version of Windows to run on every size screen, from 4 inches to 80 inches.
If you’ve not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1, you can instructions to do so here.
The source of many complaints about Windows 8 manifests itself each time you start your computer: starting with the live tiled interface by default. From my observations, most people utilize this interface mainly to click the “Desktop” icon to return to “normal” Windows. Well, Microsoft heard our cry and have provided a way to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1. To boot to the desktop:
If you’ve created a virtual hard disk for use with a virtual machine (i.e. XP Mode—how to create a virtual machine), you may want to access these files without booting in to the virtual operating system. To access files on a VHD from Windows:
- Press Windows Key + R (or click Start > Run), type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter
- Click Action > Attach VHD
- Browse to your VHD file and click OK
When you are finished using the VHD, open Disk Management (step 1), right click the virtual drive and click Detach VHD
Thanks to John Henderson for the tip.
If you’re itching to take a tour and try the new features of Windows 8.1, including automatic app updates, booting straight to the desktop, (up to) four app split screen, radio, a health and fitness app, 3D printer support, and more, you can download it now.
Note: If you’re using an English version of Windows, you can only install Windows 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store if your OS base language is English (US)
If you do not have a Windows 8 disc handy, create a Windows 8 USB recovery drive in case anything goes wrong in the upgrade process and you need to recover Windows. To update your installation of Windows 8 to Windows 8.1:
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