imageWhat’s that, a grey theme? Yeah, cause it actually looks better than a black theme which loses the tile effect too much (I was surprised too). Oh, WTF am I talking about here? Well the one and only Xboxmod is at it again and has figured out how to make registry changes for HTC devices (only for now). It involves sending a custom xml file to the phone that you can launch thanks to an HTC provisioning tool that’s on the phone. But instead of changing the registry with carrier info, you hit it up with: HKLM\ControlPanel\Themes\1\Accents and change it to –11184811. For the step by step on how to change your registry, this is the original thread. Again, HTC devices only. There’s also a device unlock but it requires an unlocked device (but then cannot be relocked if Chevron fails thus the benefit).

There’s a lot of action going on with registry tweaks. For now I’m sidelined with a Samsung device but I’m hopefully it won’t be long until someone figures out a way to get Samsung write access.

For more information on changing the theme color on your device check out this post on XDA.


  1. Good observation. Also Messages instead of Messaging. But I think F SFR is a French telecom, so maybe this is what you get when you ask the OS to display in English. Just a guess.

  2. I’ve been seeing quite a few screenshots labeled F SFR around the web. That explains a lot. I suppose the regionalization of English for France must prefer those People and Messaging.

  3. don’t know about the pic in the article, but i can tell you it worked for me on my HTC 7 Mozart. i now have a grey theme…

  4. Originally thought the built-in WP7 colors were way over the top, but now I am beginning to get used to them. Try a new color every week. Not quite ready to go back to the monochromatic Sense Black/White/Gray look.

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