Why has my color scheme been changed to Windows 7 Basic ?

If while working on your Windows 7 you suddenly receive an error message: The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic or maybe some aero visual element such as window frame transparency has been turned off, then the reason could be anyone of the following.

The message would be:

The color scheme has been changed

The reasons could be:

• Your laptop might have switched from Mains Power to Battery Power.

• A program that you are presently running maybe incompatible with Aero and hence some visual element must have automatically got turned off. Windows will automatically change the theme back to Aero when such programs are closed.

• Your computer may be low on memory and may not have enough memory to run all your open programs and Aero themes.

• The hardware configuration or screen resolution of your computer may have changed. If the minimum hardware requirements are not met it may not run Aero themes.

The change is usually temporary and on rectifying or reversing the above, your computer will revert back to using the visual aero elements.

In case it doesn’t, then you may want to use enable Aero back manually or use the  Aero Troubleshooter.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. 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.


  1. TuneUp

    It’s very frustrating when PCs randomly change the color scheme back to the basic one. Low memory seems like a logical reason for the theme to switch back to Aero—thanks for providing an explanation!

  2. Wsbs34d

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I searched for over an hour and this finally fixed it!!! WOO HOOO

  3. Abutt

    butt how your fix, Can you please describe. Thanks!

  4. I3LAC

    i think i deleted something and now my taskbar is white because after i unistaled something the taskbar was white file:///C:/Users/%D0%94%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B3%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B0/Desktop/Untitled.png

    it should be like this file:///C:/Users/%D0%94%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B3%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B0/Desktop/2.png

  5. Shammera

    how do you change it help please by step by step

  6. naveen

    If you were connected to the internet, may be if any malware in your system is giving remote access to some one without your knowledge, your theme could switch to a basic one.

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