Thursday, August 9th 2018

Windows 10 Preview Build 17733 Introduces Instant Dark Windows

The "Night Light" toggle introduced with Windows 10 was an instant hit with users staying up long hours on the PC. When flicked, DWM applies a shader that filters out blue light, and adjusts the color temperature accordingly at a software-level, so even people without monitors that do this can have some degree of protection from the harshness of high color temperature and blue light. The same demographic of people are also looking for an instant toggle that changes Windows to a dark theme. Ask they did, and Microsoft responded in kind, with the Preview Build 17733.

The dark mode can be toggled in the Notifications Center menu of Windows 10. When flicked, all of the areas in Explorer that are normally white, or some brighter shade of gray, turn to black, or a darker shade. Such a UI from Microsoft dates back to the 1990s with its Encarta suite. You can use the dark theme even now, but you'd have to enable it via Windows Settings. It would now take three clicks to bring up the Notifications Center, and toggle both dark mode and night light.
Source: Tom's Hardware
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45 Comments on Windows 10 Preview Build 17733 Introduces Instant Dark Windows

#3
RejZoR
Remember that time back in year 1998 when you could do all this all by yourself in Windows 98? I do. I also used aquarium screensaver. I miss those days.
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#4
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
RejZoR said:
Remember that time back in year 1998 when you could do all this all by yourself in Windows 98? I do. I also used aquarium screensaver. I miss those days.
I used to have the matrix screensaver.
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#5
dj-electric
KDE and Gnome users must be having a field day with this one, having this feature 2 decades ago.

What's next, a 3D multi-desktop environment? Take it slow, Microsoft. You're going too fast. Before we know it your damn OS could actually scale verctorically so 4K on small and medium monitors won't look like a 14 year old programmed the damn thing.
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#7
Caring1
There's a "night light setting" ? :confused:
I live and learn.
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Prima.Vera said:
What's so special about it??
Read the last two sentences.
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#9
Tsukiyomi91
Interesting...

@Prima.Vera that option is to only color the taskbar & window tab, not the entire UI. This preview build "paints" the entire UI elements in dark shades or black.
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#10
INSTG8R
I’m already using a Dark theme via a UWP Microsoft To Do works fine for me already?
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#11
oxidized
I don't think i'll like the tonality of "dark" they gave the dark mode, it seems a bit too hard on my eyes
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#13
BluesFanUK
Windows 10 update always breaks something. Since April it broke my FlashGot plugin for Firefox. Doesn't matter what version I use now or what version of Firefox, something in the W10 update broke it.
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#14
Octopuss
RejZoR said:
aquarium screensaver
I want one compatible with 7/10!
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#15
DRDNA
BluesFanUK said:
Windows 10 update always breaks something. Since April it broke my FlashGot plugin for Firefox. Doesn't matter what version I use now or what version of Firefox, something in the W10 update broke it.
try this instead, i think you will be pleased.
Flash Video Downloader - YouTube HD Download [4K]

works on pretty much every website there is and even if the video is in a streaming chunks format, it will download it and build into a single file (usually)
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#16
ZeDestructor
Prima.Vera said:
What's so special about it??


Now that very toggle colours more things, not just UWP things.

BluesFanUK said:
Windows 10 update always breaks something. Since April it broke my FlashGot plugin for Firefox. Doesn't matter what version I use now or what version of Firefox, something in the W10 update broke it.
That's on firefox and flashgot, not Windows. Firefox 57 and up broke a LOT of older extensions, and many devs aren't bothering to update again because webextensions doesn't have the same level of API functionality that XUL used to have. For methe biggest casualty was Downthemall, but I'll live.
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#17
Malik Sajid
I'm using warm 1 preset on my Samsung monitor, it reduces the strain on my eyes and after a couple of days it feels more natural than normal preset.
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#18
raptori
So with this update we will get real dark theme like youtube and Adobe dark ? or just a pitch black ? I'm still on 1709 build but I might go dark and install the latest update if it is the real deal.
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#19
jsfitz54
Prima.Vera said:
What's so special about it??


Device Manager broken when in dark mode. Subsets can't be opened.
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#21
xorbe
Pretty bad when all the monitors push blue whitepoint so hard to appear the brightest causes the OS vendor to reduce blue.

On my recent 4K screen purchase, I had to select warm color temp + warm gamma + couple clicks down on green/blue + couple clicks up on red. They just love to sell blue whitepoint, I guess that's what sells when the uninformed look at computers at the local shop.
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#22
ZeDestructor
jsfitz54 said:
Device Manager broken when in dark mode. Subsets can't be opened.
Well, it is still preview software. :P The most egregious examples should be fixed in time for the October/November update.
xorbe said:
Pretty bad when all the monitors push blue whitepoint so hard to appear the brightest causes the OS vendor to reduce blue.

On my recent 4K screen purchase, I had to select warm color temp + warm gamma + couple clicks down on green/blue + couple clicks up on red. They just love to sell blue whitepoint, I guess that's what sells when the uninformed look at computers at the local shop.
I'm kindof the opposite. I find the endless obsession with pissfilters incredibly annoying - white has to look white ffs! Personally I find the common D65 white point (generally considered the reference white point for everything, and typically used as the default for most monitors) to be on the mildly yellow side of things, so I have to go around and boost blue a little bit on everything.

As for circadian rythm disruption, I just solve that by having dark mode on everything possible. Sure, my whites are midly blue, but there's less of it that just about anyone using a pissfilter, and it doesn't result in everything looking horrible.
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#23
R0H1T
jsfitz54 said:
Device Manager broken when in dark mode. Subsets can't be opened.
No problems here :confused:
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#24
StrayKAT
I try to use as many dark options whenever available. I must not be alone. It's especially more comfort from my TV.
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#25
Fx
Sweet!!! I've been waiting for this forever! Goodbye Windows 7.

/sarcasm
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