Enable Windows 10 Dark Theme using Registry Tweak

This tutorial will show you how to enable the hidden Windows 10 Dark Theme by editing the Windows Registry. We all love the way with which Microsoft designed Windows 10. They have given preference to users and implement all those features which users are fond of. Windows 10 comes with lots of personalization options and by some small tweaks you can make it more familiar to yourself.

UPDATE: You can now turn on Dark Theme in Windows 10 via Settings easily.

Microsoft has used very appealing and decent colors in the apps provided by default in this operating system. In case of native apps like Settings, Microsoft Edge etc., there is light-grey colored theme in these apps. Here is the theme preview:

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However, there is an another theme which is dark in color but its hidden by default. In this article, we’ll see how to enable this hidden dark theme using a simple registry manipulation. Here is the dark theme preview:

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As you can see in the above screenshot, the dark theme looks cool and is easy on the eyes, so you should give it a try once. Here is how you enable this theme:

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It is always a good idea to create a system restore point first, before making any changes to the Windows Registry.

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

 

2. Navigate here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes

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3. At this registry location, right click over Themes key and select New -> Key. Name the newly created key as Personalize. Highlight Personalize and come to its right pane.

Right click in blank space and select New -> DWORD Value. Name the newly created DWORD as AppsUseLightTheme if you’re on Windows 10 final build.

Since you’ve created the registry DWORD, obviously it will have its Value data set to 0. In case if the DWORD exists by default, no need to create anything. Just make sure that its Data is set to 0:

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4. Repeat step 3 for the user key as well at following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

Once you’re done with the registry manipulation, close Registry Editor and reboot the machine.

After restarting the system, open Settings app and you’ll find the dark theme is activated now.

We hope that Microsoft will make available a settings in the Personalization app, that will let users do this easily – just the way it lets you enable the dark theme in Edge. If you like dark themes, you can enable the Dark theme for Twitter App. You can also enable Dark Mode in Movies & TV App.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Experience expertise and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.