Friday, June 8, 2012

Change Theme for .Default User Profile


The reason I use this key edit is to change the default profile a new user will assume on login.  I.e. instead of a new user adopting the cartoon energy blue theme, applying this key change to the registry will force a new user to adopt the Classic Windows Theme.  

I am not sure if you can tweak this to allow the key to set a custom theme as the default theme for a new user.  It may be possible. Whether or not new users (have the ability to) keep this theme should depend on NoControlPanel being set to 0 or 1.

"The change you need to make is in the following registry key:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager

Change "ThemeActive" to "0"

This will change the apperance to the Classic Windows style. However,
you will probably notice that the desktop color doesn't change. If that
is the case, you need to go to:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors

and change "Background" to "58 110 165" - these are the RGB values for
the classic desktop color. (The Windows XP desktop color is probably
what you have in this value - it is "0 78 152")

Hope this helps!"


Thanks to a1rmhjxv4o on freenode.

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