Turn off color scheme warnings on Windows 7

Tired of seeing the alert for changing your color scheme when Windows 7 is low on memory?

Update: The intention of changing this setting is to stop Windows from interrupting you with a pop-up, not to stop Windows from changing the desktop window manager to Basic (that may still happen).

When you're working on a Windows 7 machine, you're likely to come across the following warning: "Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?"

If you opt to keep the current color scheme and ask Windows to stop showing the message, the computer may not deliver the cooperation that you're expecting.

Fortunately, if you want to keep Windows from creating these warnings, there's a quick setting you can adjust to turn them off.

Keep in mind: disabling this warning does not mean you are magically freed from the memory restraints of your computer. It's best to know which programs can run before this warning appears -- that way you'll know the limits of your system.

Still want to disable it? Here's how:

Step 1: Open Start > Control Panel. If you don't see the shortcut for the Control Panel, you can get there another way: Start > Accessories > System Tools > Control Panel.

Control Panel Action Center. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Click on Action Center, then click change Action Center settings on the left.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Under Maintenance messages, uncheck the box next to Windows Troubleshooting.

Now you won't see the warning about changing your color scheme. However, if you are often noticing a large decrease in performance, it might be wise to enable this option again to find out which app is taxing your system.

 

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