Enable the dark theme for Settings and Modern apps in Windows 10

Windows 10 features a new darker appearance for Modern apps. After following the simple steps in this article, you will be able to check it out. Note that this trick is available since the release of Windows 10 build 10056. Let's see how the new dark appearance is.

Here is how the default Settings app looks in Windows 10:
Windows 10 Light System Theme
Now do the following:

  1. Close the Settings app.
  2. Open Registry Editor.
  3. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

    Tip: See How to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.

  4. Create a new DWORD value here called SystemUsesLightTheme and leave its value as 0 (zero). enable Windows 10 dark system theme
  5. Open the Settings app. It will use the new darker system theme:
    Windows 10 Dark System Theme

See the following video:

Enable the dark theme for Settings and Modern apps in Windows 10 RTM

Use Winaero Tweaker. I implemented the ability to turn on the dark theme for Settings and apps with just two checkboxes. Play with the options in Appearance -> Dark Color Scheme and see if the result is usable for you. Personally, I like the darker appearance of Windows 10 more than the default (light) color scheme:

winaero tweaker dark system theme
What do you think about the dark theme? Personally, I prefer the lighter appearance. Dark themes are hard to read for my eyes. What about you?
Credits: @Whistler4Ever

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

7 thoughts on “Enable the dark theme for Settings and Modern apps in Windows 10”

  1. i have upgraded to windows 10 from 8.1 on my laptop, but it won’t turn on anymore, currently i am using windows 7 32bit home premium sp1 desktop

  2. Has anybody found out how to *disable* the dark UI elements that appear by default in b10056? I really hate them. Specifically I want the notifications panel to look white. I can either set the start menu + notifications to use the window bar color, but want the notifications to be white and only the start menu to use my window bar color. Please help…

  3. Does anybody know how to enable the dark theme in the final Windows 10 build?

    All that white is a real pain in the eyes!

  4. Which there was a way to shade. White is too bright and dark is too dark. But, WinX doesn’t concern it’s self with users experience. That’s part of the minimalist mantra.

  5. MalwareBytes reports that the link:
    “Click here to fix Windows issues and optimize system performance” contains a trojan.

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