Winaero Tweaker 0.2.5 is out

I am happy to announce Winaero Tweaker 0.2.5. Although I am considering this release as a minor one, you might be interested in playing with the new options I implemented for Windows 10. It allows you to tweak some secret hidden options which do not exist in the Settings app or in other parts of the Windows 10 GUI.


I implemented the ability to turn on the dark theme for Settings and apps with just two checkboxes. Play with the options in Windows 10 Techincal Preview -> 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 Color SchemeWinaero Tweaker now extends the customization capabilities of Windows 10. It provides you a way to add up to 9 custom colors to the Settings -> Personalization -> Colors page.

The first option is the "Special Color" feature. It allows you to define a custom color which can be added to Settings -> Personalization -> Colors page of the Settings app, specifically to the last color box. That color can be applied to the taskbar, Start menu and Notification Center. I wrote a detailed article about this feature recently. Read it here: Add a custom color for taskbar to Windows 10 Settings app. Now this is possible via the appropriate Winaero Tweaker option:

Winaero Tweaker Special colorNote: this feature works correctly only when the current color is set to one of the predefined colors. If not, the Settings app will overwrite the Special Color with a non-standard value. So, if you want to use the Special Color feature, enable the option "Show color on taskbar, Start menu and Action Center" in the Settings -> Personalization -> Colors page and set one of the predefined colors as the current color, otherwise the trick won't work.

The second option is called Custom Accents and allows you to define 8 additional colors which will be displayed in Personalization -> Colors page in the Settings app. You can find more details about this feature in the article: Add custom colors to the Colors section of the Settings app in Windows 10. Here is how the UI for it looks in Winaero Tweaker:

Winaero Tweaker Custom accentsThat is all that I have added in Winaero Tweaker 0.2.5. If you find some bug, feel free to report it. I hope you find this release useful.
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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer 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.

8 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker 0.2.5 is out”

  1. Whatever happened to the entry Window Borders. When I run winaero tweaker under Win10 build 10162,
    I only see three entries under Appearance (Drive Letters, Slow down animations and Shortcut Arrow)

  2. I really want to change the login screen background ( the hero background, not the lockscreen). Is there any possibility to do that? I prefered the Windows 8 and previous build Windows 10 Loginscreens with a simple color. Is there a tweak or something?

    1. There is a new program that does just that.!

  3. Sergey, option “Reduce the startup delay for desktop apps” seems to be broken. It creates registry key [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\S-1-5-21-2391823977-108760695-1566064622-1001Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Serialize] instead of expected [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Serialize].

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