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Aero Glass for Win8 RC4

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Hey guys, made a new all in one installer for the latest version, I have tested it a fair amount but as always, make a backup or system restore before making any changes to your OS, the installer comes with a complete uninstaller as well, all registries keys are added during installation and also removed when uninstalled, including color swatches, the installer can be used on x86 and x64 systems and all features are enabled by default, the installer also includes the modified simple version of AGTweaker and it will add a desktop shortcut as well as a context menu shortcut for AGTweaker.

Here are a few screen shots of the installer.

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Update 17/07/2013:

Change Log

1. Fixed installer to create correct Registry Value to bypass Theme sinature. (Old value was incorrct and not functioning)

2. Fixed installer to create correct Registry Value to enable Shader target optimization. (Old value was incorrct and not functioning)

3. Fixed uninstall for Custom Color Swatches, now deletes the Control Panel Key for Custom Color Swatches and not just the Swatches values. (Removing just the Swatches Values and not removing the keys left Window Color and Appearance options blank)

4. Removed install option for Public Symbol downloading from MS Servers (Is now enabled by default and can not be disabled)

5. Added new safety option to revert to Default Aero theme during uninstall to prevent the Black Screen bug if you are using Aero Glass to bypass the theme signature.

6. Installer now requires a log off after install instead of just restarting explorer.exe and DWM to ensure the glass effect is rendered correctly and Public symbols are downloaded if needed.

Please unistall the previouis version before updating.

Download the Aero Glass RC4 AIO Installer from Mediafire.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/hwb5k2tj9xp42rv/Aero_Glass_RC4_v0.95.exe

@ BigMuscle if this is not something you would like to have posted here please let me know and I will remove it.

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* automatic symbols downloading for DWM libraries

Can this still be disabled via reg-key?

No, it cannot be. It is always enabled. The reason is that it does not make sense to be disabled. Normally symbols are not downloaded at all, the server is contacted only when your DWM is incompatible and if it is disabled, you would not get any glass at all.

A question about WinLogon hooking: Why do we need, theoretically, to load into it before it creates it's own resources? We don't need to reuse them, like DWM, just need to hook maybe a single function. I must be missing something. I haven't yet reverse engineered how it launches DWM, maybe this process can be repeated outside WinLogon at all, and then we don't need to bother. If we suspend WinLogon and then resume it, it won't relaunch DWM if it's already running. So basically, the idea is: Suspend WLogon, kill DWMs, launch DWM on our own in suspended mode (Launching a process in this state is doable, the root of the problem is exactly in the fact that the process needs to be launched by our app, and not by WLogon), inject it while it's "not even running" (started suspended), resume it, resume WLogon. Caveats are numerous, like I don't know if WinLogon stores it's DWM process Id's somewhere, this can be a problem, then how excatly it launches it, it's done under "funny users" like "DWM-1" or "DWM-2", for example, what the command line params are, e.t.c. Still needs research, I'm aware it can be a yet another dead end.

If you want to hook WinLogon, you must manage to hook e.g.CreateProcess before it launches dwm.exe process else you didn't get nothing. Yes, you can freeze winlogon and kill dwm.exe but it is totally wrong idea. Forcibly killing any process can end up in unexpected behaviour. If you launch dwm.exe on your own, you will also break the security context of your operating system. It will also break the nature of my utility - being native as much as possible - just because OS is designed to work in some way and you completely change its concept.

Will Win8.1 version be "backwards compatible" with Win8? (Sounds like it can, at least theoretically, be.) If it will, then, yes, it's all a work for nothing. But if it won't, then it still has reason to continue. Yes, the Win 8.1 update is free for Win 8 users, e.t.c, but no guarantee everyone who wants DWMGlass will update. The release will go to the public at large, and thats "totally unpredictable" :)

No, it won't be backward compatible because Win8.1 uses different kind of desktop rendering.

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Hey guys, made a new all in one installer for the latest version, I have tested it a fair amount but as always, make a backup or system restore before making any changes to your OS, the installer comes with a complete uninstaller as well, all registries keys are adding during installation and also removed when uninstalled, including color swatches, the installer can be used on x86 and x64 systems and all features are enabled by default, the installer also includes the modified simple version of AGTweaker and it will add a desktop shortcut as well as a context menu shortcut for AGTweaker.

Here are a few screen shots of the installer.

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What theme are you using?

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No, it cannot be. It is always enabled. The reason is that it does not make sense to be disabled. Normally symbols are not downloaded at all, the server is contacted only when your DWM is incompatible and if it is disabled, you would not get any glass at all.

Okay, it makes perfect sense.

No, it won't be backward compatible because Win8.1 uses different kind of desktop rendering.

Sad to hear that. :(

About everything else: While many things seem to make sense, security context is already violated severely. An app launching DWM outside Winlogon (if it can, actually, be done) may be a nasty hole in it, yet an opened global injection key, famous to be used by malware, and a disabled BIOS setting blocking it and bootsector misuse, seems to be a much bigger evil. But anyway, you're the boss. :rolleyes:

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... security context is already violated severely. An app launching DWM outside Winlogon (if it can, actually, be done) may be a nasty hole in it, yet an opened global injection key, famous to be used by malware, and a disabled BIOS setting blocking it and bootsector misuse, seems to be a much bigger evil. But anyway, you're the boss. :rolleyes:

Clearly Microsoft doesn't want this to work. In their twisted minds, they want to close off everything, so that you get what they give and nothing more.

So what? They're all idiots up in Redmond now anyway. They should be happy people are trying to turn their dog crap of a system into something worth using. They clearly can no longer accomplish that themselves.

By the way, BigMuscle, your July 4 version, 0.95, works perfectly here on Windows 8.0.

I've kind of lost track... Were you thinking of trying to solve the "no highlight behind the title text in ribbon-type windows with Win 8 Aero" problem in your product out of the box, or were you thinking that opening up the ability to use alternate themes covers that well enough?

-Noel

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To Windows 8.1 works WindowBlinds8

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Just need to buy the program or crack for software WindowBlinds8

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To Windows 8.1 works WindowBlinds8

gp06.jpg

Just need to buy the program or crack for software WindowBlinds8

There is no blur, so that is really ugly.

I prefer from far what Bigmuscle did. The cpu load muss be also higher with WindowsBlind.

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To Windows 8.1 works WindowBlinds8

gp06.jpg

Just need to buy the program or crack for software WindowBlinds8

There is no blur, so that is really ugly.

I prefer from far what Bigmuscle did. The cpu load muss be also higher with WindowsBlind.

Yes, with the blurring of Bigmuscle it would be better. Do not argue.

But as long as there is WindowBlinds8. Here is a working crack for WindowBlinds8 and one theme

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Final version for Win8 and (private) testing preview for Win8.1 will be available in a few days. Just be patient and do not post any cracked software here (and WB does not provide real glass effect thus it should not be discussed here either).

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Should you need more win 8.1 testing machines, I'm available.

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Clearly Microsoft doesn't want this to work. In their twisted minds, they want to close off everything, so that you get what they give and nothing more.

So what? They're all idiots up in Redmond now anyway. They should be happy people are trying to turn their dog crap of a system into something worth using. They clearly can no longer accomplish that themselves.

[offtopic]

True. But before blaming them, there's a bigger and much more sinister picture at play. Some even call it "the death of PC". I think such loud words are way far fetched, but the tendency is here indeed, and it is very disturbing.

Some wise guy wrote, "yes, you can do LESS, NOT MORE with tablets, and that's precisly why they're winning the market over". As paradoxal as it may sound, that's, unfortunaletly exactly what the average user wants: Simplicity.

That's a big, nasty, depressing topic which can be discussed endlessly. Point is: Redmond f***ed up not because they caught the wind, but because they're too late for it, their solution is bloated and cumbersome, and their

pushing of it into the "n.1 DESKTOP system", given it used to be their own system, is now more like a deliberate move to saw the branch on which they're seated (Or poison their own water... Doesn't matter, you've got the metaphor.),

since they obviously won't win the tablet market over at they did PC all that time ago. Being late to the table, instead of making up by sticking to thier plate and filling it with such a delicios food that no one will look at the plates of others,

they try to steal, silently, from the plates of others and compose something resembling a dish from these pieces. A completely losing strategy if you ask me... And of course, no one will. :)

[/offtopic]

So, cheers to the people like BigMuscle for trying to fix what can still be fixed.

And yes, can't wait for the final release :) Glad it'll happen soon.

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Hey guys, made a new all in one installer for the latest version, I have tested it a fair amount but as always, make a backup or system restore before making any changes to your OS, the installer comes with a complete uninstaller as well, all registries keys are adding during installation and also removed when uninstalled, including color swatches, the installer can be used on x86 and x64 systems and all features are enabled by default, the installer also includes the modified simple version of AGTweaker and it will add a desktop shortcut as well as a context menu shortcut for AGTweaker.

Here are a few screen shots of the installer.

33kc7qv.jpg4rfep5.jpg2iw7bz7.jpg2hq84mx.jpg308h1cm.jpgv62h4g.jpg

u81g.jpg

Download the Installer from Mediafire.

http://www.mediafire.com/?gv8ybnat6fdp88p

@ BigMuscle if this is not something you would like to have posted here please let me know and I will remove it.

Does it work if a previous version of Aeroglass was installed ?

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Does it work if a previous version of Aeroglass was installed ?

It should but probably best to remove the old version first before using the installer, if you set it up manually before in C:\DWM the installer will move the old dwmglass.dll to the temp folder for deletion on restart and place the new one in there. but to be safe I would still recommend removing any previous versions completely including any registry entries you may have added, but really unless you need to test this build then it's probably better to just wait for Big Muscles final version he is going to release shortly.

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