How to unlock Education Themes on Windows 11 version 22H2

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 12, 2022
Windows 11 News

Windows 11 version 22H2 supports a number of education themes that may be unlocked on any edition of the operating system. These six educational themes are designed for "students using devices in a school", but they are not limited to Education devices.

windows 11 education themes

The six education themes include preset wallpapers, accent colors and related settings. Note that the six themes are not educational in nature.

Here is an image of all six desktop wallpapers that the different themes include, once enabled on the Windows 11 device.

educational themes windows 11

These themes do not ship with Windows 11 by default. Windows administrators may enable them using Intune, creating a provisioning package using Windows Configuration Designer, or by editing the Windows Registry directly.

Enable the Windows 11 Educational Themes

Note that Windows 11 version 22H2 or newer is required. You may check the version of the operating system by opening Start, typing winver and tapping on the Enter-key.

Here is how you enable the themes on the Windows 11 device:

  1. Select Start, type regedit and load the Registry Editor result.
  2. Paste the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\current\device into the address at the top to jump to it right away. You may also navigate there manually using the tree structure on the left.
  3. Right-click on device and select New > Key.
  4. Name the key Education.
  5. Right-click on Education, the newly created key, and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
  6. Name it EnableEduThemes.
  7. Double-click on it and set its value to 1.
  8. Restart the PC.

The six Education themes are downloaded automatically on the next sign-in. Depending on the PC and its Internet connection, it may take a moment before these become available.

windows 11 themes

To check them out, right-click on the desktop and select Personalize. Select Themes on the Personalization Settings screen and there you will find the new themes. Themes are provided as light and dark versions, which means, that you get three themes technically.

A click on any of the themes enables it on the system right away. Each theme can be customized further, if that is desired.

Microsoft system administrators who use Intune or PPKG find instructions on this Microsoft support page.

Closing Words

It is quite easy to enable the six new themes on the Windows 11 device. Some users may want to back up the Registry before they start making edits to it.

Now You: what is your take on these themes? (via Phantom Ocean 3)

How to unlock Education Themes on Windows 11 version 22H2
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How to unlock Education Themes on Windows 11 version 22H2
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  1. upp said on December 13, 2022 at 5:16 am

    Are thoses really themes or just wallpapers ?

  2. Paul(us) said on December 13, 2022 at 1:27 am

    Those “six Education themes” are looking more in my hopefully modest opinion the gibberish of a 10-year-old. Microsoft, in my opinion, is increasingly losing its way.

  3. Anonymous said on December 12, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    I miss when themes were actually themes, like in Windows 7. These are just lame wallpapers. MSSTYLES is still far superior to any fluent touch-screen garbage Microsoft has come up with in the last eight years.

  4. RalphB said on December 12, 2022 at 10:21 am

    @Martin: Not a comment on this article, but maybe you can indicate what direction ghacks wants to go. A lot of articles have been appearing lately, with Shaun’s in particular getting a lot of bad comments.

  5. Croatoan said on December 12, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Is there a way to download Education themes on Win 10?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 12, 2022 at 9:55 am

      Not sure about the themes, but if you follow the Twitter link, you get an option to download the six wallpapers.

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