Restoring classic colors in Windows 10 console

I started messing around with my Turbo Vision game from 23 years ago. I’m trying to make it work using Free Pascal and Free Vision library. When I started using Free Pascal IDE, I noticed colors look wrong. Same with Far Manager, but not as noticeable.

Turns out Microsoft folks decided to “update” the colors by “brightening” the palette in Windows 10 1709. Check this announcement to see the difference.

Turns out there is a quick and easy way to revert to old colors. Microsoft released Color Tool. Download it, extract it, copy files colortool.exe and campbell-legacy.ini somewhere and then run this command:

colortool.exe -b campbell-legacy.ini

This will tweak the colors for both the current console and for the default console.