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SystemDefaultBackgroundColor not working in Windows 8.1 auto\unattend file RRS feed

  • Question

  • All I cannot get the following to work in either an initial install or with sysprep using an autounattend or unattend answer file. All other settings in the file work

    The code worked perfectly with Windows 8

    <VisualEffects> <SystemDefaultBackgroundColor>0</SystemDefaultBackgroundColor> </VisualEffects>

    Using any value as per the documentation (0 to 24) results with the following in the registry: DefaultColorSet - REG_DWORD 0x00000019 (25).

    Also manually editing this registry value has no effect. The only way I can see to change this background color is to set:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent]
    "DefaultStartColor"=dword: to a chosen color

    Anyone any ideas on why this is not working; possibly a bug in the answer file mechanism? Obviously changing this value in the registry no longer works. Is this a problem in the AIK info and deployment software?

    Regards,

    Pete



    • Edited by PGomersall Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:55 PM
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:10 PM

Answers

  • I ran into something similar. It seems that some of the color tricks (Start Screen, elsewhere) do not function if Windows is not activated.
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:14 PM
  • according to the documentation it should still work:


    VisualEffects

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff715840.aspx

    SystemDefaultBackgroundColor

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj570859.aspx

    In Windows 8.1, SystemDefaultBackgroundColor must be a value from 0 to 24 which represents the index of the color scheme as viewed in the out-of-box experience (OOBE) phase. The colors are indexed in the same manner as Windows 8 colors, from left to right. Samples of the color choices are shown in the following image.

    Windows 8.1 system default background colors


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 7:03 PM

All replies

  • according to the documentation it should still work:


    VisualEffects

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff715840.aspx

    SystemDefaultBackgroundColor

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj570859.aspx

    In Windows 8.1, SystemDefaultBackgroundColor must be a value from 0 to 24 which represents the index of the color scheme as viewed in the out-of-box experience (OOBE) phase. The colors are indexed in the same manner as Windows 8 colors, from left to right. Samples of the color choices are shown in the following image.

    Windows 8.1 system default background colors


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 7:03 PM
  • But it doesn't; lots of other things don't work in 8.1 either.
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 7:15 PM
  • I ran into something similar. It seems that some of the color tricks (Start Screen, elsewhere) do not function if Windows is not activated.
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:14 PM