Many users have reported a weird issue after installing a new feature update for Windows 10. While trying to make changes to the Colors settings in Windows 10, the Start, taskbar, and action center options are greyed out under Show accent color on the following surfaces.
Start, Taskbar, Action Center options greyed out
Apparently, the problem is specific to the Light Windows default mode. Changing it to the Dark mode resolves the problem. For some users, changing the Theme resolves the issue. Both of these are workarounds and not resolutions.
Since Microsoft is aware of the problem, we would advise ensuring that your Windows 10 system are updated at all time – in case they push a permanent fix. Till then, you could try our following suggestions:
- Run the DISM commands and SFC scan
- Update the Graphics Card driver
- Make changes to the Group Policy.
If you encounter this issue, try the following resolutions one by one to fix the problem:
1] Run the DISM & SFC scans
One of the causes of the issue in discussion could be corrupt or missing files. In such a case, you could try running DISM and SFC scan to replace the corrupt or missing files and sort the problem.
You could use freeware our FixWin to repair System Image & Run SFC with a click.
Download it and press the respective buttons (1 and 2) for running the scans. Restart your system after each.
2] Update the Graphics Card driver
While most users have reported the issue after a Windows update, it is possible that the problem could be caused because of an obsolete Graphics Card driver. You can update the Graphics Card driver as follows:
Press Win+R to open the Run window and type the command devmgmt.msc. Hit Enter to open the Device Manager window.
In the Device Manager window, expand the list of Display Adapters.
Right-click on the active Graphics Card driver and select Update Driver.
Follow the steps to update the driver and restart the computer.
If the above 2 steps don’t work, try changing the theme as a workaround till Windows releases an update after resolving the problem.
3] Make changes to the Group Policy
Some organizations might use group policy to restrict users from changing display settings, either all display settings or the ones in question. To verify, ask other users of your organization on the same domain and network if they are facing a similar issue. If yes, contact the IT administrator to change the group policy settings as per your requirements.
Hope this helps.