How to change Windows 8 logon screen background color

Most elements in Windows 8 can be customized to one’s requirements provided that one is ready to go hunting deep into the Windows Registry. If you want to change the default color of the logon screen look to change it to a color of their choice, this tutorial will show you how to, by modifying the Registry.

Log-in Screen

Changing the logon screen background color in Windows 8 is fairly simple, if you have worked with the Registry. Sign in as an administrator and follow the instructions mentioned below to change the logon screen background color in Windows 8.

To change the background color of Start Screen and Login Screen, you can go to the Start Screen in Windows 8.1, open Charms, select Settings and then Personalize.


The Logon screen is the one which appears after the Lock Screen.

Change logon screen color in Windows 8

First off, open the Run dialog box. For this, press Win+R in combination. Type ‘regedit’ and hit Enter. If prompted by UAC, click on ‘Yes’.


Then, in the registry editor window navigate to the following key


If you do not see an Accent key in the left pane, then right-click on Explorer, click on New and Key, type Accent, and press Enter. Next, in the right-pane of the window, right-click in the empty area and create a new 32-bit DWORD value and name it as DefaultColorSet.


Set its value between 2 to 24 (Decimal). To do this, select the Decimal option and enter a number from 0 to 24.

The following figure sourced from MSDN shows the index of the color scheme as viewed in the System Settings.


Select the color you want the default sign in screen to have. The different numbers stand for different colors. When done, close the registry editor and exit.

This is how you can change the logon screen background color in Windows 8.

Do remember to create a system restore point first.

UPDATE: Some are reporting that this does not work on Windows 8.1. Maybe Microsoft changed something along the way.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • Nicholas Cage

    This did not work for me and does not look “fairly simple” at all.

  • David

    This did not work for me, even after restarting machine.

  • Ryan Carbotte

    This did not work for me either…

  • Mike

    This is a very bad advice, risking ruining your computer. The author does not know what he’s talking about and should refrain from giving any advice and shut up!
    It can be done in PC Setting by a few mouse clicking.

  • Wombat

    Does not work on Win 8.1

  • PsychoChick966

    Thanks so much for the help! Worked instantly. Very easy and it was there all along. :-)

  • feduchin

    The above “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAccent” does not work to change the color of the logon screen in Windows 8.1.

    It’s quite strange. I remember that when I initiated Windows it clearly stated that it did not matter what color you picked initially, it was easy to change thereafter.
    That is simply not true. I’ve tried many times. It simply cannot be done.

  • Grace

    I did everything it said, and it did not work. Yes, I have Windows 8.1

  • Shridhar Manche

    How to apply Background instead of changing the Colour on windows 8 Logon

  • Ph??ng

    why don’t we change logon screen from solid color to picture that we want

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