How to unlock secret Windows 11 themes with the registry

How to unlock secret Windows 11 themes with the registry

From secret Windows themes to hidden customization options, here’s how to unlock more Windows 11 goodies with the registry.

Tired of your Windows 11 themes? Do you want to give your computer a more exclusive look? Well, there is nothing more exclusive than Windows 11’s hidden themes. And as it turns out, by making a few tweaks to your registry, you can unlock a new customization option for your PC.

If you want to use these hidden themes, keep reading as we show you a little trick to enable them on your computer.

But first, a warning about the Windows Registry

Although the following tips will allow you to unlock “secret” themes and tweaks via the registry, it’s by no means a place you should mess around. The Windows registry is very important to your PC’s stability, and if you make tweaks to it outside of what we cover here, you risk damaging it.

As such, never adjust a registry setting without proper care, and be sure to read how not to mess with the Windows registry to learn more.

1. How to get Windows 11’s secret educational themes

If your PC is running Windows School Edition, you can customize Windows 11 with a theme exclusive to this version, as long as you have updated to Windows 11 22H2. If you are not using Windows 11 School Edition, you will need to work around the restriction.

Regardless of which edition you have installed on your computer, you still need the 22H2 update. To check which version you are currently using, launch Windows Settings and go to Windows update.


If you are running an older version, click Get update button. If you don’t have time right now to install the update, you can schedule it for later.

Once you’ve installed the update, there’s a registry tweak to do so you can enable Windows 11’s secret themes. Check out How to Enable Education Themes on Windows 11 for steps on how to do this.

When your computer boots up, you should be able to use the new Go To themes Settings > Personalization > Themes and use one of the new themes.

2. How to adjust the color of inactive title bars

You can easily change the color of active title bars through Windows 11’s settings, but the operating system doesn’t give you a native way to change how inactive bars look. Fortunately, there is a way through the registry to achieve this.

To do this, check out How to Set Active and Inactive Title Bar Colors for detailed steps.

3. How to enable or disable transparency effects for specific apps

Windows 11 comes with the ability to enable or disable the transparency effects system-wide, but what if you only want it to affect a few apps? Although the Windows 11 settings panel doesn’t have the ability to do this on an app-by-app basis, you can use the registry to do the job instead.

Check out the ways to enable or disable transparency effects in Windows 11 to learn more.

Customize Windows with hidden themes

Now you should have some of these “secret” tweaks applied to your PC. The process can be a bit tricky, as you have to edit the registry, but you get new themes to change how Windows looks.

If you want to take the personalization process a step further, you can create custom themes for your Windows computer.

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