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Enabling Windows 10 Hidden Dark Theme


Windows 10 new default theme is very bright and hurts the eyes, like the brightness of Windows 10 is everywhere. It seems that Microsoft built a dark theme into Windows 10 but it’s hidden. This reminds me like Mavericks dark theme mode with the Mac OS.

Here is the codes for the registry hack in the video [click here to get the file]:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize] "AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize] "AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000

Windows 10

Step 1: Do a Windows + R command to bring up the run dialog and type in the following “regedit” then hit enter:

Step 2: Click on “YES” on the User Account Control to open the Registry Editor:

Step 3: Once the registry editor is open it’s time to locate and modify the two settings to get the dark theme to work within Windows 10:


Step 5:  Then expand > SOFTWARE

Step 6: Expand > MICROSOFT

Step 7: Expand > WINDOWS


Step 9: Expand > THEME

Step 10: Right-click on THEME and choose NEW

Step 11: Pick “KEY

Step 12: Rename the new KEY

Step 13: The KEY will be named to Personalize

Step 14: Right-click the “Personalize” key and choose NEW:

Step 15: Choose DWORD (32-bit Value):

Step 16: Name the DWORD to AppsUseLightTheme

Step 17: Double-click the new DWORD value and make sure it’s set to 0:

Step 18: Now go into the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Step 19: Expand > SOFTWARE

Step 20: Expand > MICROSOFT

Step 21: Expand > WINDOWS

Step 22: Expand > CURRENTVERSION

Step 23: Expand > THEME

Step 24: Expand > PERSONALIZE

Step 25: Right-click on the PERSONALIZE key and choose NEW

Step 26: Choose DWORD (32-bit) Value:

Step 27: Name the DWORD value AppsUseLightTheme

Step 28: Double-click the DWORD value and set it to 0:



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7 Comments on Enabling Windows 10 Hidden Dark Theme

  1. step 4 and step 18 are same

  2. No “Theme” key in my windows 10 version.

  3. Step 18 appears to be a duplicate of Step 4 however in your video you said to expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER. This may be the problem for Jack Sinclair’s comment above.

  4. Jack Sinclair // March 18, 2016 at 9:18 am // Reply

    I’ve tried this several times over and over again… and it still doesn’t work… I’ve went over the files and made sure that I spelled them correctly… I’ve made sure that the files were the right code and it didn’t work… Please Help

  5. Ira L. Jacobson // December 23, 2015 at 12:56 pm // Reply


  6. how i come back to white theme? 🙂

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