Cannot change the colors of Windows [Solved/Closed]

Ask a question dv9700pav 10Posts Tuesday October 14, 2008Registration date May 14, 2009 Last seen - Last answered on Dec 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM by poziks

If I go to Personalization > Window Color and Appearance I cannot make changes because I disabled something couple months back.
I cannot change the colors of Windows, Start Menu, transparency, color mixer, color intensity but I can change the color schemes but that doesn't change anything either.

Can anybody please help me?
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I had the same problem too and I solved it!

Try this:


>Search "msconfig"

>Right click

>Click "Run As Administrator"

>Services Tab

> Scroll down and make sure a checkbox is ticked next to "Themes" and "Desktop Window Manager Session Manager".


>Search "services"

>Open Services result

>Scroll down and make sure "Themes" and "Desktop Window Manager Session Manager" are started, if not, right
> Start.

If they are disabled,

>Right click


>Startup Type set to "Automatic" then start them.

Do this for both.
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jimmy- Apr 12, 2010 at 06:15 PM
that is what "ticked" means
Helped- May 10, 2010 at 08:57 PM
i did almost the same thing and it helped ALOT, but I did a few steps differently. All of mine were already started, so in the services, I left clicked on the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Restarted it and it immediately changed my theme back to transparent, windows vista aero.
Genevieve- Jun 1, 2010 at 04:11 PM
Restarting it worked for me.
cools- Jun 25, 2010 at 03:39 AM
thank you cluelessgeek, that worked for me =)
poziks- Dec 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM
OMG, thank you so much!!!!!!!!!
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Cluelessgeek's answer helped me within seconds. Thank you. I freaked out for a bit... :)
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is your theme aero or vista basic
make sure its aero then you can do it
jenni- Apr 3, 2009 at 05:36 AM
i have windows 7 and I cant seem to change the window colour. I can find vista basic but I cant find aero
cathexis24- Jul 16, 2009 at 12:53 AM
I was having the same hang up so I searched and found this site, then figured it out how to fix it accidentally, so it thought I would share the solution :)
Pick the "Characters" theme in the personalization options, then close it. When you open it back up and click Windows Color you'll have a similar options menu to Vista, so you can pick the color and transparency of the theme. I like darker color themes so I was glad to find out how to fix this. (p.s. it may have something to do with me recently re-installing the drivers for my video card.... but probably not, so if you can re-install the drivers from your pc manufacturer or aftermarket video card M.F., then restart, then try this it should work.((as long as your video card isn't a pos, i.e. integrated ;) )) otherwise it
Ramu- Apr 23, 2010 at 12:12 AM
It is totally not working for me!
caree- Aug 26, 2010 at 04:12 AM
Cluelessgeek and Helped both helped me. Thank you (:
David- Sep 2, 2010 at 03:48 PM
uhm id I type what you said like "msconfig" and "services" in SEARCH it finds me nothing. BUT if I go to RUN then the "msconfig" works. but the "services" still wont work... and for me, the problem is not solved :(
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If you see the Windows Aero theme to select, click that. If you don't see it:

1. Click on Windows Vista Basic and hit effects.
2. In the first drop-down list, click Standard.
3. Click OK.
4. Close it.
5. Open it again.
6. It should come up with a theme called Windows Aero. Click on it and hit OK.
7. Enjoy!

EL@- Jul 9, 2010 at 08:25 AM
THANKS =D U Solved my problem, Genius ^^
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Wow thanks this helped me :=)
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yeah thank! really helped!
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How to change background color on my monitor screen
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u cant change the colour on the basic theme

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