Nearly every component of Windows 8 can be customized to suit your needs, some settings however are buried deep into the registry.

How to Change the Color of the Sign In Screen in Windows 8

Note: This hack only affects the screen where you have to choose a user, not the screen where it asks for your password.

Press the Win + R keyboard combination to open a run box, then type regedit and hit enter.

When the registry editor opens, drill down into:


On the right hand side create a new DWORD (32-Bit) value and name it DefaultColorSet.

Then double click on it to open its properties.

Now change the Base type to Decimal and assign it a value between 0 and 24. Here’s a list of some common colors:

  1. 11 – Dark Green
  2. 12 – Light Green
  3. 14 – Red
  4. 16 – Purple
  5. 17 – Dark Blue
  6. 18 – Light Blue
  7. 21 – Mustard
  8. 22 – Pink
  9. 23 – Grey
  10. 24 – Gun Metal

That’s all there is to it.

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