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Are you bored about the new Windows look in 8, 8.1 and 10.

Do you  want back the Aero Glass from the Windows 7.
Then can this be a solution:

The Windows Glass for 8.1 have now support for Windows 10 up to build 10240 and experimentaly for build 10525.

• Apply glass look to windows borders

• Blur the content behind the borders to improve UI experience

• Change amount of transparency in Control panels directly

• Change inactive windows borders color

• Skin windows borders (add glow, shadows etc.) without changing Windows theme

• Fully native including MSStyle themes and DWM API compatibility

• Low resources usage

Glass look
Your windows will be rendered with transparent borders. This look allows you to see what is behind the border. The key element is the blurring of content behind the glass borders to prevent it from being too clear and disturbing. The result is very smart window border!

Fully native
The utility is completely integrated into Desktop Window Manager without breaking any system protection or modifying system files. All rendering is done via native Direct3D device. Any colorization settings adjusted in Windows Control Panels are respected. Use color intensity slider to adjust the amount of the transparency.

 No custom skinning engine used. Due to the native nature of this utility your Windows theme is composited together with the glass effect. All features controlled through DWM API (e.g. DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow or DwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea) are supported including the taskbar or custom Start menu blur effect.

Low resources usage!
This library tries to utilize all DWM resources as much as possible to minimize RAM and VRAM usage. No redudant objects are created, no background service is running (Win8 only; Win8.1+ version needs light-weight background process to correctly load user's settings). The result is light-weight library which behaves exactly in the same way as Aero Glass in Windows 7 did. No performance degradation! 

Theme your windows!
You can change the look of your windows borders completely without touching your Windows theme or using unsigned theme. This allows you to bring back several effects such as window shadow, caption glow effect, rounded borders or simply change the appearence of caption buttons. You just modify single bitmap in your favourite image editor and everything will look as you want! 

•Is it possible to enable blur on the taskbar (Alt-Tab window, any other window etc.) ?
Yes, this is possible. Remember that DWM is the rendering engine only and Aero Glass is the extension for it, so it will blur any window which is marked to be blurred. However, the taskbar is not a part of Desktop Window Manager but it belongs to Windows Explorer shell. For this reason, Aero Glass will not set blur flag on it and you must ensure it on your own by calling DWM API function DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow. Blur effect will also apply tint of glass color.

 Windows 8.x Desktop Window Manager contains new feature called accent. It is a kind of effect which makes whole window fully transparent with tint of glass color. This effect is enabled on the taskbar by default. If you enable blur on the taskbar but don't disable accent effect (using SetWindowCompositionAttribute API function), you may notice that it will be much more colorized, because the color of both effects will be simply added together.

 If you are not familiar with DWM programming API, you can use any of the existing tools that have option to call the DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow function, such as StartIsBack or ClassicShell. You can also abuse a internal Windows Explorer feature - if your theme file name is equal to aerolite.msstyles, it enables blur on the taskbar, disables the accent effect and vice versa. For very advanced users, there is a command line tool which allows you to alter any window's composition attributes.

Also remember that taskbar appearance is influenced by used theme where texture used for the taskbar is different from the atlas texture used for windows frames rendering.

• Can anyone install this software on his computer?
This library is intended for advanced users only. If you are a beginner and you do not have at least basic system knowledge of Windows (such as registry editing etc.) you should not install this software. Also, this guide counts that you are advanced user and explains several things in technical language.


--- Quote from: Pez on 31. August 2015., 14:16:49 ---Are you bored about the new Windows look in 8, 8.1 and 10.

Do you  want back the Aero Glass from the Windows 7.
Then can this be a solution:


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Excellent, thanks P. :thumbsup:


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