Disabling the Change Color Scheme Warning

By GeneralX on Wednesday 29 June 2016 09:39 - Comments (3)
Category: Solutions, Views: 1.574

If you have ever worked with Windows 7, you are probably familiar with this warning: "Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?". Windows will then offer you three options.
  • Disable Aero
  • Don't disable but ask again
  • Don't disable and never ask again
Yet that last option is a lie. Windows will always ask again. Even if you try to 'Change Action Center settings' and tell Windows you do not wish to receive any messages, you will still get the Color Scheme Warning. Now, I know you might think Windows probably knows best. After all, Windows can easily monitor the available resources, right? But no, Windows is actually clueless. I received this message on a daily basis while waiting for friends so send me invites to participate in Civilization V matches. My CPU would be idling while I stared at the menu. Civ5 doesn't require much GPU power and I can't remember the last time I had less than 10GB of free RAM, yet Windows keep bothering me with warnings about a lack of system resources.
The fact that Windows kept ignoring my request to never ask me this again was driving me nuts. Since I was wasting time closing the warning, I figured I might as well waste some time to search for a way to get rid of it permanently. As it turns out, I was not the first person to be annoyed by this problem. I found a solution and I figured I might share the solution with you guys. It is really quite simple. All one has to do is open regedit, browse to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

Create a new DWORD 'UseMachineCheck' (without the apostrophes, obviously) and set a value of 0.
Credit where credit is due: superuser thread
I know I will probably have to look this up every time I reinstall my PC, so I had to save this one way or another. I figured a blog post could also help other Tweakers, so there you go!