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Command Processor\DefaultColor

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor

 

Data type Range Default value

REG_DWORD

0x0 | 0x1–0xFE

0x0

Description

Specifies a default background color and text color for the window in Command Processor (Cmd.exe). The value consists of two hexadecimal digits. The first digit specifies the background color; the second digit specifies the text color. The hexadecimal values correspond to the following colors:

 

Hexadecimal value

Color

0

Black

1

Blue

2

Green

3

Aqua

4

Red

5

Purple

6

Yellow

7

White

8

Gray

9

Light Blue

A

Light Green

B

Light Aqua

C

Light Red

D

Light Purple

E

Light Yellow

F

Bright White

This entry is used only when its value is valid and not 0x0, and when the user has not specified the window color by using the COLOR or /T commands. Values are not valid if the background color and the text color are identical, such as 0x55. If the value of this entry is not valid or is 0x0, and the user has not entered a command to change the color, then the command processor uses the colors specified for the console window in which the command processor runs.

Activation Method

If you make changes to the value of this entry by editing the registry directly, then you must restart Cmd.exe to make the changes effective.

Notes

  • DefaultColor can appear in HKLM and HKCU. If both appear in the registry, the value of the entry in HKCU takes precedence over the value in HKLM.

  • The datatype of this entry can be either REG_DWORD or REG_SZ.

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