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Aero Glass for Windows 8 - BETA 1

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I have to say, the Aero hack on Windows 8 results in a very clean looking glass, I'd prefer it to be more like the Taskbar's transparency than anything. But again, it becomes chrome over content, versus content over chrome; this is basically not metro design.

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  2. #12


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I have to say, the Aero hack on Windows 8 results in a very clean looking glass, I'd prefer it to be more like the Taskbar's transparency than anything. But again, it becomes chrome over content, versus content over chrome; this is basically not metro design.
    Hi Coke,

    Isn't that basically the reason for using a skin pack to get away from the original GUI; at least it is for me (Mac OS X 10.8.3).
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  3. #13


    This app allows you to manipulate Windows 8 Aero Glass implementation. Very good !

    Aero Glass Tweaker 1.2: AGTweaker-1.2.zip


    Click image for larger version

    Note: Setting Feature Level to DX11.1 crashes explorer.exe and gives black screen. All other settings are safe !

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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Very nice.

    It seems they release fast newer versions.

    Here is 0.6 on VMWare Player Win8 VM:

    Before:
    Click image for larger version

    After:
    Click image for larger version

    It seems I get some artifacts on 0.6 but this is a VM... so I'll see 0.7 next time.
    VM tools are updated (the update hangs if ran after the dwm patch).

    The transparency level cannot be changed so depending on theme and color it might be visible or not.

    Slightly visible:
    Click image for larger version

    Tested on aero-rp as well:
    Click image for larger version
    That reminds me of a nice theme.

    It even works on AeroLite:
    Click image for larger version

    To remove the effect, I've figured it out like this:
    Click image for larger version
    Edit the registry file like this, with - to remove the entry's, restart.

    Why I run it in VM:
    It's still early in development, some memory leaks are possible. As I said, VMware Tools graphic driver install hangs for a long time (keep this in mind for NVidia or ATI driver updates as well) and the dll gets injected into dwm... I don't have issues but keep an eye on those early versions because they might affect stability.

    Now to see 0.7 since I was using an older version...

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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  5. #15


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    This app allows you to manipulate Windows 8 Aero Glass implementation. Very good !

    Aero Glass Tweaker 1.2: AGTweaker-1.2.zip


    Click image for larger version

    Note: Setting Feature Level to DX11.1 crashes explorer.exe and gives black screen. All other settings are safe !

    I've just missed it!
    Thanks. By default we get only as slight effect so this was needed.
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Version 0.7 has no more artifacts and it looks better.

    Aero
    Click image for larger version
    I've used the transparency-tool and it is very nice but thin as air... no border in the original Windows theme.

    Aero-RP
    Click image for larger version

    AeroLite
    Click image for larger version

    I like it.
    Personally the last two screenshots go better since they have a border... for those who hate borders look above at first one.

    Resumed, this seems to be the solution for those who like Win8 but want transparency back.
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  7. #17


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Thanks guy will give this a try. . .
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Very nice.

    It seems they release fast newer versions.

    Here is 0.6 on VMWare Player Win8 VM:

    Before:
    Click image for larger version

    After:
    Click image for larger version

    It seems I get some artifacts on 0.6 but this is a VM... so I'll see 0.7 next time.
    VM tools are updated (the update hangs if ran after the dwm patch).

    The transparency level cannot be changed so depending on theme and color it might be visible or not.

    Slightly visible:
    Click image for larger version

    Tested on aero-rp as well:
    Click image for larger version
    That reminds me of a nice theme.

    It even works on AeroLite:
    Click image for larger version

    To remove the effect, I've figured it out like this:
    Click image for larger version
    Edit the registry file like this, with - to remove the entry's, restart.

    Why I run it in VM:
    It's still early in development, some memory leaks are possible. As I said, VMware Tools graphic driver install hangs for a long time (keep this in mind for NVidia or ATI driver updates as well) and the dll gets injected into dwm... I don't have issues but keep an eye on those early versions because they might affect stability.

    Now to see 0.7 since I was using an older version...

    Cheers
    Hopachi
    Please try to stay on topic. If you are going to talk about something else other than what the thread is originally about If you want to talk about something other than what the thread you are in is about. please start a new thread.
    Thank you.
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  9. #19


    Please try to stay on topic. If you are going to talk about something else other than what the thread is originally about If you want to talk about something other than what the thread you are in is about. please start a new thread.
    Thank you.
    Dont get it so hard man !

    the dll gets injected into dwm
    Not in version 0.7, it's just a procedure hook.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Please try to stay on topic. If you are going to talk about something else other than what the thread is originally about If you want to talk about something other than what the thread you are in is about. please start a new thread.
    Thank you.
    Dont get it so hard man !

    the dll gets injected into dwm
    Not in version 0.7, it's just a procedure hook.
    I think I get it now. thanks.
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