You can enable the Aero Lite theme in Windows 11 that is notable for having more prominent controls and buttons. In the newest OS, users can choose between several pre-built color themes that also come with different backgrounds. Besides, Windows 11 supports dark and white modes. Finally, there is a hidden Aero Lite theme that comes back from Windows 8 times.
While it does not look good compared to standard themes in Windows 11, some users may be used to Aero Lite and want to keep using it in the new OS from Microsoft.
Tip: Although this article focuses on Windows 11, you can also use it to enable Aero Lite in Windows 10 and Windows 8/8.1.
Here is how you can turn on the Aero Lite theme in Windows 11.
Enable Aero Lite Theme in Windows 11
- Open the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder in File Explorer.
- Find the
aero.themefile and copy it to any other folder, for example, to the Desktop.
- Select the file and press F2 to rename it to AeroLite.theme.
- Open the AeroLite.theme file in Notepad.
- Find the
[Theme]section and delete the first two strings. Replace them with
Displayname=Aero Lite. See the screenshot for reference.
- Next, go to the
[Visual Styles]section and replace
- Save changes and close Notepad.
- Double-click the Aerloite.theme file to apply the Aero Lite theme in Windows 11.
Done! You can save your time and quickly apply the Aero Lite with Winaero Tweaker.
Finally, I would like to share my ready-made aerolite.theme file. You can download it using this link:
Activate Aero Lite with Winaero Tweaker
You can save some time and clicks by using Winaero Tweaker to enable the Aero Lite theme in Windows 11. Winaero Tweaker is now compatible with Windows 11 and comes with some specific Windows 11-related tweaks.
- Download and install Winaero Tweaker using this link.
- Run the app and use the search bar to find Aero Lite. Alternatively, you can open Appearance > Aero Lite in the left panel.
- Click Enable Aero Lite (default).
Restore the default Windows 11 theme
If you want to restore the default look in Windows 11 and disable the Aero Lite theme, open Windows Settings and go to the Personalization section. Select one of the default themes. After that, you can set your wallpaper, colors, dark or white theme, etc.
Alternatively, run Winaero Tweaker, go to Aero Lite and click the Set Windows Default Theme option.
Tip: Windows 11 has no automatic controls for switching between dark and white modes on sunset and sunrise, but you can use third-party tools or place a theme switcher into a context menu. Learn more about how to enable dark mode in Windows 11 in our dedicated guide.
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