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How to Enable Dark Theme on Windows 10 RTM (Final) Build 10240

Windows 10 also has an amazing dark theme which is hidden by default. If you don’t like the default theme and want to switch to the dark theme, then don’t miss to check this article.

How to Enable Dark Theme on Windows 10 using registry hack

Windows 10 comes provides you an amazing user interface, improvements to previous apps and added lots of cool features including Cortana Supports, New Start Menu, Edge Browser (Internet Explorer alternative), Settings app new hero wallpaper and lots more.

Windows 10 new theme offers you minimalistic design by keeping all the things clean using a lot of white to provide clarity from window backgrounds to white title bars. Microsoft also added a dark black theme into Windows 10 which is hidden by default and there is no option in the settings app to enable this dark theme. It’s an amazing theme and provides an awesome look to Windows 10 screen. Windows phone users had already tried the dark and light theme available in the settings.

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Microsoft is still working on Windows 10 to improve all the features. So  they may add some easy toggle to enable dark theme in Settings apps in the future. In case you don’t like the default light grey theme in Windows 10 and really want to try dark theme in Windows 10, then the good thing is you can also use the dark theme in Windows 10 desktop.

By default, the dark theme is not available in the Windows 10 settings and you have to enable it manually with the help of registry hack which is shared by howtogeek. Here is how to do it:

Note: This method will only work if you’re using Windows 10 Professional, Education editions, and Enterprise editions. It won’t work on the Windows 10 Home editions for some reason.

In Windows Phone you can switch between dark theme and light theme by using a toggle available in the Settings app, but there is no option in desktop version and you’ve to enable it manually just by editing the registry. This will enable the dark theme for most of the default apps, but not for all themes.

Basically, there are two ways to edit Registry to enable and disable dark theme. The first method is very easy to follow and another one is little technical. But I will share both the methods so that you can choose the one you want to follow:

  • Enable Dark Theme by Downloading Registry Hack File
  • Enable Dark Theme by Manually Editing Registry

So here is how to follow both the methods:

Steps to Enable Dark Theme in Windows 10 (Download Registry)

1, Simply Download the Enable Dark Theme on Windows 10 registry.

2. Now extract the folder and you will see two registry entries in it which are:

  • Make Windows 10 Use Dark Theme
  • Make Windows 10 Use Light Theme

3. Now to enable dark theme you just need to click on “Make Windows 10 Use Dark Theme” You will get the pop up with information about the registry. You just need to click on “Yes” to Continue.

enable dark theme registry hack file

4. Restart your Computer and you will get Dark Theme enable in Windows 10. In most off cases, dark theme enables instantly without rebooting. But it’s recommended to reboot your system.

In case, you don’t like the dark theme and want to get back the light theme. You just need to double click on another registry entry available in the folder to re-enable the light theme.

If you want to enable the dark theme, then you can also follow the work around which I’m going to share with you in upcoming lines.

Steps to Enable Dark Theme in Windows 10 (Edit Registry Manually)

1. The first step is to launch the “Registry Editor“. For that, you need to head over to Start menu search and type “regedit” in the search box. Once you will the see regedit option in the search bar, click to run regedit command.

launch registry editor in windows 10

When you see the User Account Control (UAC) dialog box. You need to click “Yes” when prompt to ask.

2. After that, you need to navigate to the following Registry Keys under:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize.

Maybe lots of users find themselves in the position where they won’t be able to see sub-folder named as “Personalize” as shown in the image below. Don’t worry you just need to create your new key named as Personalize.

3. For that, you need to Right-Click on the Themes key and in the context menu click on New > Key and name it as Personalize.

4. Now you need to make Right-click on the newly created Personalize key and Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

5. You need to name this new DWORD key as “AppsUseLightTheme” and in the value data you need to set it as “0” which is default Value data for this Value name.

app use light theme in windows 10

After that, you need to repeat step one to step five again, but this time for the following registry:

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

app use light theme in windows 10

Once you created keys for both, you just need to restart your computer and you’ll notice that dark theme is enabled.

In case you want to go back to default grey color theme in Windows 10, then you just need to change the value of “AppsUseLightTheme” DWORD keys from 0 to 1 or just delete them. After that logout and login back and you will notice that you’re back to the original theme, instead of a dark theme. You can repeat the process to switch between dark and light theme in Windows 10.

So this is how you can enable and disable dark theme in Windows 10 RTM. Why don’t you try these methods and let me know what you think about it.

Thankyou!

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  • Jim Jones

    Just quoting this part – “Now you need to navigate to the following keys under: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionThemesPersonalize
    and here create a DWORD value named “AppsUseLightTheme” with the value of “0”.”

    I have Windows build 10240 and there is NO ‘Personalize’ folder to be found in this ‘Themes’ folder. Can you re-check this? I think you made a mistake.

  • create that folder, then. some have it, some don’t.

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