How to enable Windows 10’s dark theme in the Anniversary Update

Believe it or not, Windows 10’s dark theme was one of the most anticipated features for the Anniversary Update rollout. Forget about Cortana's beefed-up capabilities, Windows Ink, or phone-PC notification integration—for many users, it’s all about getting that sleek, sleek theme.

Now that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is available you can upgrade your visual life with the new theme. But how do you enable it and how extensive are its effects? That’s what this article is all about.

Further reading: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update's best new features

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How to use Windows 10’s Active Hours to prevent surprise update installs

If you want to feel totally assured that Windows 10 won't restart your computer and install updates while you're busy working, you'll be pleased to know about the Active Hours feature that Microsoft has added in the Anniversary Update (rolling out on Tuesday, August 2). Mind you, Windows 10 is already pretty good about understanding when your PC is in use, so as not to disrupt your activities with an update. In my experience, most Windows restarts are scheduled for early in the morning when you’re not likely to be using your PC. You can also schedule the update to be installed at a specific time. Even so, Microsoft is giving users even more control over the update process. 

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update is rolling out, but not to phones—yet

As expected, Microsoft said Tuesday that its Windows 10 Anniversary Update is beginning to roll out. Surprisingly, perhaps, Windows phones aren’t on the approved list.

We found the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to be a positive step forward for users, with substantial updates to features you use the most. Since the AU is a standard update, you really don’t have to do anything to receive it: It will be downloaded and installed automatically.

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