How do I change the Title Bar color of ALL Windows 10 Explorer windows?

I'm running Win 10 Pro v1511 build 10586.318

I've seen variations of this questions asked many times, and the solution of running the Win 10 Fall Build to have colored title bars included when turning on "Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar". As you can see above I have the correct version.

However I'm not sure if this is working correctly with my system or if it's a bug.

What happens is that when I enable the feature, all the applied items do indeed change color, including Explorer windows, but only when in the taskbar. If I hover over Explorer windows in the taskbar, they all show with the enabled color. But as soon as I bring multiple Explorer Windows to the desktop, only the active Window is colored. I'm hoping this isn't how they implemented it, because if so it's a major oversight. The ability to have all title bars colored is not just an esthetic thing - it's a functional feature for productivity. I'm using multiple monitors for my workstation. I'll have many Explorer windows open and showing on the desktop - sometimes four spread across the two screens. I'll be re-arranging them frequently. If I'm going to grab an Explorer window and the title bar is clear on the inactive one, then many times I just miss the title bar and it swipes without grabbing it. Maybe this seems like a small issue, but if it's your workstation and you're doing this frequently it's a real pain. The only colored bar is the active one. If anything it should be the other way around - clear on active and colored on inactive.

When I say it's not just an esthetic thing, I should actually say it isn't an esthetic thing at all. The stock solid colors they give you are abysmal. I went through the rather convoluted method of modifying Theme Files to create an additional aero color theme that enables the color mixer. However that doesn't work. If I use the Intensity or Hue sliders it does nothing. The one single Explorer window with a colored border sits like a taunting insult, while the others remain white.

Please tell me there is a way to enable color on all Explorer title bars. Or to at least have a black line or something else separating the title bar from the menu bar and the rest of the white window.

 

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Last updated September 17, 2019 Views 6,090 Applies to:
Hi,

Its highly unusual that you are facing this issue ,we tried to recreate it and we couldn't find the issue that you were facing
 
I suggest you to follow the below method and check if it helps:   
 
1.Go to Settings and select Personalization.
2.Select Color.
3.Turn "Automatically pick an accent color from my background" Off and select the color which you wish to have.
4.Turn Off "Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar" .
5.Restart the system, and again Turn On "Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar".

If you need further assistance, we will glad to help you.

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Ashwin

First of all, please note that this account is not the one I used to post the original message here. My message was posted with SalFrank77. this one is posted with SalFranks77 - note Franks as in plural.

Today I went to log into the Microsoft account I made the op with here, (Live account - not 365) and it told me my account was suspended for a ToS violation - spam related. I discovered this was because I use TorGuard VPN that uses shared ip addresses. I disconnected and attempted to login via my normal ip. But because I was attempting to then log in to the banned account, it then banned my current non VPN ip address.

Two phone calls later to Microsoft and a remote session, the technician confirmed my ip to allow me to create a new account - resetting the old one couldn't be done for another 30 days he told me.

I went to this thread to see what changes I needed to do for the color issue. I did exactly as you advised and applied the changes and rebooted. When the computer rebooted I was faced with a login screen, but this time it wasn't asking for the local PC account, the one I had created when I installed Windows 10, but it was asking me to sign in with my live account, the one I had to create earlier today just hours before. I had saved that info locally into my Keepass program on the locked out PC, before my daily backup. So I've had to go to another computer and create another account.

This is extremely frustrating. I've had to install Win 10 four times in three days including initial install. Now I am faced with a fifth installation if I can't recover my account. I have never specified that Windows should ask me for a password at reboot. I have never specified that my Windows live account be associated with this machine.
So I am unable to proceed with fixing the original problem I came here to post.

Since I installed Windows three days ago I have spent the last three days full time troubleshooting problems including the aforementioned four installs - one for the original upgrade; two to wipe the upgrade for a fresh clean Win 10 install; third install because I had been locked out of the computer as it was asking for a password for my local PC account - even though I had specified no password at install. My only option was to re-install;  Four to install as ISO off of a DVD to remedy a corrupted install and boot problem .... now if I can't get in I am looking at a fifth install.

Windows 10 was supposed to be simple and faster. So far for me it's been one headache after another, and a full time job troubleshooting

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This can be done using the Registry Editor.

If you're comfortable using Regedit.exe, then try this:

You need to create a DWORD value named "AccentColorInactive" in this key.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

Set the appropriate color code there (in BGR)

Full instructions here.

How to Change the Inactive Title Bar Color in Windows 10?

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How can I do that if I'm locked out? Please read my response to Ashwin above

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Hi,

>> it was asking me to sign in with my live account, the one I had to create earlier today just hours before.

I understand that the old account is locked out. Were you able to login to the newly created account?

If you're unable to use any account at the moment, there is a method that can be used in legit cases like this if you can start the computer using the installation media. Lost Admin Password or Privileges, and User Account Locked out? WinRE can Rescue » Winhelponline. Once you do the steps in "Option 2", you'll be able to create a new local account using the net user command-line, or activate the built-in Administrator account which ever you want.

To create a new local user account, run these commands:

net user newusername /add

and then to make that user an administrator, run:

net localgroup administrators newusername /add

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