Windows Server 2008 and R2 Default Background Colors

Sunday, February 22, 2009
Have you ever changed the default Windows Server 2008 desktop color and wanted to change it back? The blueish-green color is not shown in the default palette, so you have to enter the RGB values manually.

Red = 29
Green = 95
Blue = 122

Here are the RGB values for the default Windows Server 2008 R2 desktop:

Red = 58
Green = 110
Blue = 165

While I'm at it, here is the formula for the cool smokey blue background for Windows PowerShell 2:

Red = 1
Green = 36
Blue = 86


  1. Thanks! Just what I was looking for...

  2. I think you have the colors in the wrong order it should be
    Red 29
    Green 95
    Blue 122

  3. You are correct, I fixed the article. Thanks!

  4. do you know the background color for 2008 R2. it's more of a light blue but i can't seem to duplicate it.

  5. The Windows Server 2008 R2 background colors are:

    Red 58
    Green 110
    Blue 165

  6. thanks for the quick response. are you sure that is correct? it looks like there is a bit more green than my R2 servers. i'm not sure but perhaps it's different for terminal servers?

  7. I checked it against two physical servers and they both show the same values. Perhaps your RDP session is not set to use something less than 16-bit color?

  8. Oops, I meant that your RDP session is set to something less than 16-bit color.

    I updated the original post to include a sample tile of the Windows Server 2008 R2 background.

  9. Thank you I wanted this!


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