Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Aero Glass for Windows 8 - BETA 1

  1. #1

    Aero Glass for Windows 8 - BETA 1


    Just Another Aero Glass Tool

    Ladies and gentlemen,
    let me introduce you the first beta version of Aero Glass utility for Windows 8.

    What's new:
    * old DWM loader is not supported anymore (because it was the main reason of black screens etc.)
    --> AppInit_DLLs approach is supported only
    --> installer will be available with final release, now only manual script available
    --> registry script is attached in the archive but you must manually edit the file to point to the location where you extract DLL file
    --> the glass will automatically load at Windows startup
    --> if your computer won't boot up for some reason (glass failure), hold CTRL key during DWM loading and no procedure will be installed into memory

    * x86 version is available for download, however it has NOT been tested at all so it is not ensured it works
    * change MIL message alpha opacity to 255 when current value is 254
    --> this replaces old method of disabling layered windows blending and can be altered by HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM:ModifyMILContentOpacity (DWORD values 0x0 / 0x1 (default))

    * using D2D-like trick in D3D to avoid incorrectly blurred window edges
    * fixed incorrect drawing of plain color surfaces resulting in completely transparent controls
    * when using AppInit_Dlls, inject into explorer.exe to enable correct taskbar blurring
    * fixed crash logs when using AppInit_Dlls
    * increased blur radius in D3D mode
    * RP-like computing of default inactive border color in D3D mode

    * I know I said that I won't add this feature, but since it was easy as hell (just one-line code change), I added feature to have rounded window frames (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM:RoundRectRadius (DWORD, Win8 = 0, Win7 = 12)). But I won't support/maintain it more if it does not work as someone expects... let's call it a small Easter egg

    https://developer.be...?group_id=13124
    I'll try and report back !


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    This I think would be just fine to have Even though people are most likely going to be using the start screen a lot more than the desktop. But I still like the idea. It continues to give the people who are still going to use the desktop instead of the startup screen the option to still customize instead of all the focus of windows 8 being on the startup screen. Though I do think that the startup screen still needs a lot of focus and work.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    This I think would be just fine to have Even though people are most likely going to be using the start screen a lot more than the desktop. But I still like the idea. It continues to give the people who are still going to use the desktop instead of the startup screen the option to still customize instead of all the focus of windows 8 being on the startup screen. Though I do think that the startup screen still needs a lot of focus and work.
    It's all about freedom ! I use the Start Screen a lot, but still need the desktop for many tasks, and I like the ability to make it looks the way I want.

    Click image for larger version

    100% Working. No side effects !
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


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


    Hi vrosa,

    Truly a busy desktop. . .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Hi vrosa,

    Truly a busy desktop. . .

    You had to see it a week ago when I still had a dozen of games installed. I love Fences !

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


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


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Hi vrosa,

    Truly a busy desktop. . .

    You had to see it a week ago when I still had a dozen of games installed. I love Fences !

    Fences remind me of the Windows 3.XX desktop back in the day. . .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    So how exactly do I install and use this Aero for Windows 8. Does this work without any side effects at all. I mean I see that you have wrote that it doesn't. but how long have you been using this Aero. Do you think there could still be problems that could be found.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    So how exactly do I install and use this Aero for Windows 8. Does this work without any side effects at all. I mean I see that you have wrote that it doesn't. but how long have you been using this Aero. Do you think there could still be problems that could be found.
    Release 0.7

    64-Bit is perfect. No side effects !

    32-Bit generates a C++ Runtime Library Error at startup.

    Install Notes:

    1- Copy all files to c:\Windows\System32\DWMHook (or where you prefer)
    2- Edit the REG file to match the location in step 1
    3- Execute the modifyed REG file to merge it into registry
    4- Restart explorer.exe or stop/start DWM process

    Have fun !

    Last edited by vrosa; 03 Apr 2013 at 19:49.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    So how exactly do I install and use this Aero for Windows 8. Does this work without any side effects at all. I mean I see that you have wrote that it doesn't. but how long have you been using this Aero. Do you think there could still be problems that could be found.
    Release 0.7

    64-Bit is perfect. No side effects !

    32-Bit generates a C++ Runtime Library Error at startup. Version 0.6 works fine !

    Install Notes:

    1- Copy all files to c:\Windows\System32\DWMHook (or where you prefer)
    2- Edit the REG file to match the location in step 1
    3- Execute the modifyed REG file to merge it into registry
    4- Restart Windows

    Have fun !

    I have windows 8 pro x64. I can not find DWMHook in System32. Also I do not quite get all the instructions. Where and what exactly in the registry am I supposed to edit and what and where am I supposed to do with it. I think I get the part about merging the registry file after editing it. Could you maybe put a little more attention to detail in explaining this process. I really would like to use this.

    Thank you
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    So how exactly do I install and use this Aero for Windows 8. Does this work without any side effects at all. I mean I see that you have wrote that it doesn't. but how long have you been using this Aero. Do you think there could still be problems that could be found.
    Release 0.7

    64-Bit is perfect. No side effects !

    32-Bit generates a C++ Runtime Library Error at startup. Version 0.6 works fine !

    Install Notes:

    1- Copy all files to c:\Windows\System32\DWMHook (or where you prefer)
    2- Edit the REG file to match the location in step 1
    3- Execute the modifyed REG file to merge it into registry
    4- Restart Windows

    Have fun !

    I have windows 8 pro x64. I can not find DWMHook in System32. Also I do not quite get all the instructions. Where and what exactly in the registry am I supposed to edit and what and where am I supposed to do with it. I think I get the part about merging the registry file after editing it. Could you maybe put a little more attention to detail in explaining this process. I really would like to use this.

    Thank you
    It's very simple !

    There's a file named LoadGlass__AppInit_DLLs.reg. Supposing that you extract the files in ..\System32\DWMHook\, you just need to edit it like this...

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]
    "LoadAppInit_DLLs"=dword:00000001
    "AppInit_DLLs"="C:\\Windows\\System32\\DWMHook\DWMGlass.dll"
    "RequireSignedAppInit_DLLs"=dword:00000000
    >> Run the file.

    >> Restart.

    Aero Glass for Windows 8 - BETA 1 Attached Files
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Apr 2013 at 00:54. Reason: added .reg file
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast
Aero Glass for Windows 8 - BETA 1
Related Threads
So i downloaded Aero Glass for windows 8.1 from this site Aero Glass for Windows 8 But in the middle of the install i got this error 52322 So i pressed retry a couple of times but it didnt work so i pressed cancel. Now it looks like this 52323, i like it but its not Aero Glass. Is there any way to...
LifeHacker: http://lifehacker.com/5977140/winaeroglass-brings-aero-glass-back-to-windows-8 Download: WinAero: WinaeroGlass - Aero glass is back into your Windows 8
Windows 8 may get Aero Glass back via modder - Neowin There appears to be a modder that has added the source code needed to get transparency back into the Desktop all around. I have to say, I like this as it looks like the clean transparency that is in the Taskbar. The modder is reported to...
Hi! This Tutorial Will Show You How To Get Aero Glass Lite Effect In Desktop Mode. Note: A System Running Windows 8 Release Preview Is Required For This Method To Work. 1. Launch The Desktop. 6804 2. Right Click and go to Personalize.
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook