How to enable Windows 8 "Aero Aurora" wallpaper auto-colourization

One of the new neat tweaks coming in Windows 8 is the ability for the colour of Aero's glass to change depending on the dominant colour of the wallpaper. Similar to Windows 7's behaviour for taskbar buttons, but for the desktop. We previously noted that users can try this on Windows 7 via a small tool, although with rather buggy results. But for Windows 8, it turns out that enabling the feature is fairly straightforward, and it requires nothing more than inserting a line of text into a .theme file.

Just a short while ago, Win-HD (via BetaArchive) posted an archive containing the files needed to enable this tweak. The presence of this tweak was discovered by a member of their forum, Jc160. The only useful files in the archive are the modified .theme files for Aero Lite and Aero Normal. We compared the files and found that to enable this tweak, one simply needs to:

  • Open aero.theme in Notepad
  • Go down to the [VisualStyles] section, and delete the line starting with ColorizationColor
  • Insert a line in that same spot: AutoColorization=1
  • Save the file and reload theme in Personalization

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"nothing better than a new os on ya birthday"

Hope it was a joke <--- starting lose faith in ppls sanity

I'd prefer a new gf than a new os on me birthday but hey that's just me

psionicinversion said,
"nothing better than a new os on ya birthday"

Hope it was a joke <--- starting lose faith in ppls sanity

I'd prefer a new gf than a new os on me birthday but hey that's just me

nothing compare to a cyborg Friend!

I copied aero.theme and edited as instructed then saved it as aero colorization.theme rather than overwrite it. But I cant see the new colorization option.

swarfega said,
I copied aero.theme and edited as instructed then saved it as aero colorization.theme rather than overwrite it. But I cant see the new colorization option.

I saved it with a new name after the edit in Notepad (aero2.theme); then, after reloading Personalization options, the AutoColorization version (along with the old version) show up. This works in both a VM (VMware Workstation, where I first tested it) and a bare-drive native install.

Actually I cannot find a big difference... With it on or not =(
Does it works if I copy and paste the aero.theme and its folder to Windows 7's resource/themes folder?

Rafael Matos said,
yes , i also made that , and i i've to change security permitions and then copy
thanks for the help !!

Running notepad as admin would have also worked.

Rafael Matos said,
it says that the file is open in another process, so i can't save !!
by the way , nice one post

You're saving to a system folder, which by default user applications cannot do. Try copying the aero.theme file to your desktop, edit it there, then copy it back (and accept the UAC prompt).

If it fails, try switching to another theme (i.e. Basic) before editing aero.theme.

Rafael Matos said,
it says that the file is open in another process, so i can't save !!
by the way , nice one post

I'm Matos too! lol... where are you from?

Peter van Dam said,

If thats the case, I have to cancel my birthday party


There's isn't a better birthday present than a brand-new OS. It will likely leak shortly beforehand though.

amon91 said,

There's isn't a better birthday present than a brand-new OS. It will likely leak shortly beforehand though.

No kidding. I had Windows Vista RTM on my 21st birthday