In Vista Basic (or Aero?), seems no control over EXPLORER selected item & hovered colors (see screen). Both pale blue - hovered almost invisible.
I'd like to change Explorer background to more pale, pastel - easier on my eyes. (Already turned down briteness & changed backgrd to off wht). Not sure it's possible.
Nothing I've found in internet searches indicated it was possible to change background color of Explorer in Vista.
I don't see that any setting, using Vista Basic (or Aero) style theme, allows changing Explorer background. You can change its font (picks it up from another object). Can change the desktop background, which I look at a fraction of the time spent in Explorer.
If make backgrd even PALE PASTELS: Lt. tan, antique wht, green, blue - wouldn't see Selected or Hovered items at all.
I don't mind doing registry tweaks. Rather not use a 3rd party "Vista theme," if possible. Odd - changing "selected items" colors in Appearance Settings > Advanced has no effect on Explorer, using Vista Basic or Aero.
Using Vista Basic & Advanced settings, irritates the crap out of me. Select a color for say, application backgrounds, then Windows changes some other object's color (to hideous) - that I'd ALREADY chosen. So, I change it back & then it may / may not change ANOTHER color. Weird crap.