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Aero Glass for Win8 RC4

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Great work bigmuscle.

Thanks for the extra download links. Found nothing happened when I ran DWMLoader.exe, but then decided to put all the files in C:\DWM\ and it started fine - for some reason it wouldn't run from C:\Users\Me\Downloads

I had a problem with the scrollbar at the side of Internet Explorer being garbled black and white squares, but after signing out and signing back in again this has gone back to normal.

Now the main things I want back from Win 7 are:

1) that sort of white glow behind the title text of windows, which makes it easy to read the title text despite transparency in Win 7

2) rounded corners for windows

3) shadow round edge of window

4) glowing buttons (close, minimise, maximise)

I understand these come from the theme rather than this program. Can anyone recommend a theme (with DL link if possible) that will bring these back?

Or, I was happy with the official Win 7 Landscapes theme that came installed with Win 7; is there any way to move this across to Win 8?

Thanks!

1 + 3 are related to the visual style, and you can get them simply by downloading a new one, and are unrelated to what bigmuscle is doing. The landscapes theme is also just a theme you can copy over from Windows 7, no fuss. Colors, wallpapers, everything. I've been pretty surprised about the number of people requesting rounded corners. Personally I always hated them :). The moment I found a theme that squared away all the UI elements in Windows 7 I was so happy. To each his own, I suppose.

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Great work bigmuscle.

Thanks for the extra download links. Found nothing happened when I ran DWMLoader.exe, but then decided to put all the files in C:\DWM\ and it started fine - for some reason it wouldn't run from C:\Users\Me\Downloads

I had a problem with the scrollbar at the side of Internet Explorer being garbled black and white squares, but after signing out and signing back in again this has gone back to normal.

Now the main things I want back from Win 7 are:

1) that sort of white glow behind the title text of windows, which makes it easy to read the title text despite transparency in Win 7

2) rounded corners for windows

3) shadow round edge of window

4) glowing buttons (close, minimise, maximise)

I understand these come from the theme rather than this program. Can anyone recommend a theme (with DL link if possible) that will bring these back?

Or, I was happy with the official Win 7 Landscapes theme that came installed with Win 7; is there any way to move this across to Win 8?

Thanks!

1 + 3 are related to the visual style, and you can get them simply by downloading a new one, and are unrelated to what bigmuscle is doing. The landscapes theme is also just a theme you can copy over from Windows 7, no fuss. Colors, wallpapers, everything. I've been pretty surprised about the number of people requesting rounded corners. Personally I always hated them :). The moment I found a theme that squared away all the UI elements in Windows 7 I was so happy. To each his own, I suppose.

It turns out that glowing caption buttons are also from the visual style since someone else on this thread was able to do it.

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Great work bigmuscle.

Thanks for the extra download links. Found nothing happened when I ran DWMLoader.exe, but then decided to put all the files in C:\DWM\ and it started fine - for some reason it wouldn't run from C:\Users\Me\Downloads

I had a problem with the scrollbar at the side of Internet Explorer being garbled black and white squares, but after signing out and signing back in again this has gone back to normal.

Now the main things I want back from Win 7 are:

1) that sort of white glow behind the title text of windows, which makes it easy to read the title text despite transparency in Win 7

2) rounded corners for windows

3) shadow round edge of window

4) glowing buttons (close, minimise, maximise)

I understand these come from the theme rather than this program. Can anyone recommend a theme (with DL link if possible) that will bring these back?

Or, I was happy with the official Win 7 Landscapes theme that came installed with Win 7; is there any way to move this across to Win 8?

Thanks!

1 + 3 are related to the visual style, and you can get them simply by downloading a new one, and are unrelated to what bigmuscle is doing. The landscapes theme is also just a theme you can copy over from Windows 7, no fuss. Colors, wallpapers, everything. I've been pretty surprised about the number of people requesting rounded corners. Personally I always hated them :). The moment I found a theme that squared away all the UI elements in Windows 7 I was so happy. To each his own, I suppose.

It turns out that glowing caption buttons are also from the visual style since someone else on this thread was able to do it.

Oh interesting, I didn't know that. I might have to go play with that :)

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constantly crashes, what to do? Help

Firstly, you should update to the latest version because your crashlog comes from the version which was not generating crashlog properly. Then, if you do, don't use Win7 theme. It is known to crash.

1 + 3 are related to the visual style, and you can get them simply by downloading a new one, and are unrelated to what bigmuscle is doing. The landscapes theme is also just a theme you can copy over from Windows 7, no fuss. Colors, wallpapers, everything. I've been pretty surprised about the number of people requesting rounded corners. Personally I always hated them :). The moment I found a theme that squared away all the UI elements in Windows 7 I was so happy. To each his own, I suppose.

I am not absolutely sure, but it seems that rounded corners comes from visual theme too. At least, the theme Win7forWin8 somehow achieves rounded corners on taskbar preview windows. (Therefore, it generates more vertices than my AeroGlass expect and it crashes). But I won't add them to my utility, it would require complicated vertex buffer modification and I have even the problem to modify vertex buffer to extend rendered edges by blur radius :-D

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Great work bigmuscle.

Thanks for the extra download links. Found nothing happened when I ran DWMLoader.exe, but then decided to put all the files in C:\DWM\ and it started fine - for some reason it wouldn't run from C:\Users\Me\Downloads

I had a problem with the scrollbar at the side of Internet Explorer being garbled black and white squares, but after signing out and signing back in again this has gone back to normal.

Now the main things I want back from Win 7 are:

1) that sort of white glow behind the title text of windows, which makes it easy to read the title text despite transparency in Win 7

2) rounded corners for windows

3) shadow round edge of window

4) glowing buttons (close, minimise, maximise)

I understand these come from the theme rather than this program. Can anyone recommend a theme (with DL link if possible) that will bring these back?

Or, I was happy with the official Win 7 Landscapes theme that came installed with Win 7; is there any way to move this across to Win 8?

Thanks!

1 + 3 are related to the visual style, and you can get them simply by downloading a new one, and are unrelated to what bigmuscle is doing. The landscapes theme is also just a theme you can copy over from Windows 7, no fuss. Colors, wallpapers, everything. I've been pretty surprised about the number of people requesting rounded corners. Personally I always hated them :). The moment I found a theme that squared away all the UI elements in Windows 7 I was so happy. To each his own, I suppose.

It turns out that glowing caption buttons are also from the visual style since someone else on this thread was able to do it.

Oh interesting, I didn't know that. I might have to go play with that :)

Don't get your hopes up, but there is a possibility that rounded corners might be able to be made with the VS also. I say this because a visual style earlier in this thread was able to achieve this on the thumbnail previews, so it *might* also be possible on the main windows.

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The author of theme said it's possible to make rounded corners using shadows IIRC.

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Great work bigmuscle.

Thanks for the extra download links. Found nothing happened when I ran DWMLoader.exe, but then decided to put all the files in C:\DWM\ and it started fine - for some reason it wouldn't run from C:\Users\Me\Downloads

I had a problem with the scrollbar at the side of Internet Explorer being garbled black and white squares, but after signing out and signing back in again this has gone back to normal.

Now the main things I want back from Win 7 are:

1) that sort of white glow behind the title text of windows, which makes it easy to read the title text despite transparency in Win 7

2) rounded corners for windows

3) shadow round edge of window

4) glowing buttons (close, minimise, maximise)

I understand these come from the theme rather than this program. Can anyone recommend a theme (with DL link if possible) that will bring these back?

Or, I was happy with the official Win 7 Landscapes theme that came installed with Win 7; is there any way to move this across to Win 8?

Thanks!

1 + 3 are related to the visual style, and you can get them simply by downloading a new one, and are unrelated to what bigmuscle is doing. The landscapes theme is also just a theme you can copy over from Windows 7, no fuss. Colors, wallpapers, everything. I've been pretty surprised about the number of people requesting rounded corners. Personally I always hated them :). The moment I found a theme that squared away all the UI elements in Windows 7 I was so happy. To each his own, I suppose.

It turns out that glowing caption buttons are also from the visual style since someone else on this thread was able to do it.

Oh interesting, I didn't know that. I might have to go play with that :)

Don't get your hopes up, but there is a possibility that rounded corners might be able to be made with the VS also. I say this because a visual style earlier in this thread was able to achieve this on the thumbnail previews, so it *might* also be possible on the main windows.

But I don't want rounded corners :). I was referring to the glowing buttons, another thing I don't care much about, but might be nice to play with.

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constantly crashes, what to do? Help

Firstly, you should update to the latest version because your crashlog comes from the version which was not generating crashlog properly. Then, if you do, don't use Win7 theme. It is known to crash.

1 + 3 are related to the visual style, and you can get them simply by downloading a new one, and are unrelated to what bigmuscle is doing. The landscapes theme is also just a theme you can copy over from Windows 7, no fuss. Colors, wallpapers, everything. I've been pretty surprised about the number of people requesting rounded corners. Personally I always hated them :). The moment I found a theme that squared away all the UI elements in Windows 7 I was so happy. To each his own, I suppose.

I am not absolutely sure, but it seems that rounded corners comes from visual theme too. At least, the theme Win7forWin8 somehow achieves rounded corners on taskbar preview windows. (Therefore, it generates more vertices than my AeroGlass expect and it crashes). But I won't add them to my utility, it would require complicated vertex buffer modification and I have even the problem to modify vertex buffer to extend rendered edges by blur radius :-D

Are you saying that this utility will never support rounded corners, and when a theme like that Windows 7 one comes along, it will always crash this? :(

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Firstly, you should update to the latest version because your crashlog comes from the version which was not generating crashlog properly. Then, if you do, don't use Win7 theme. It is known to crash.

1 + 3 are related to the visual style, and you can get them simply by downloading a new one, and are unrelated to what bigmuscle is doing. The landscapes theme is also just a theme you can copy over from Windows 7, no fuss. Colors, wallpapers, everything. I've been pretty surprised about the number of people requesting rounded corners. Personally I always hated them :). The moment I found a theme that squared away all the UI elements in Windows 7 I was so happy. To each his own, I suppose.

I am not absolutely sure, but it seems that rounded corners comes from visual theme too. At least, the theme Win7forWin8 somehow achieves rounded corners on taskbar preview windows. (Therefore, it generates more vertices than my AeroGlass expect and it crashes). But I won't add them to my utility, it would require complicated vertex buffer modification and I have even the problem to modify vertex buffer to extend rendered edges by blur radius :-D

Are you saying that this utility will never support rounded corners, and when a theme like that Windows 7 one comes along, it will always crash this? :(

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1) that sort of white glow behind the title text of windows, which makes it easy to read the title text despite transparency in Win 7

2) rounded corners for windows

3) shadow round edge of window

4) glowing buttons (close, minimise, maximise)

Can someone please tell me which of the above really exists in a theme? There must be a theme which has glowing buttons at least, right? If there is such a theme, could you please share the download link?

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Are you saying that this utility will never support rounded corners, and when a theme like that Windows 7 one comes along, it will always crash this? :(

Of course, crash will be fixed in next version. But I do not intend to implement rounded corners directly into my utility.

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Hi, Bigmuscle. I am new to this form. I am using the latest preview of you're software, and I cant figure out how to ajust transparency levels. I went to the registry and changed the glass transparency value to 200, and nothing happens. am I not doing something right?

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Hi, Bigmuscle. I am new to this form. I am using the latest preview of you're software, and I cant figure out how to ajust transparency levels. I went to the registry and changed the glass transparency value to 200, and nothing happens. am I not doing something right?

You need to set it lower - high numbers = less transparency. Somewhere between 130-170 seems to be pretty decent if the blur level is set to around about 30.

Alternatively, you could try Orelio's AGTweaker - a GUI that lets you adjust the various Aero Glass settings without needing to use the registry - you can download it from - use V1.1.6 with Areo Glass V0.5 and it works very well.

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Thank you! that aero tweaker works great!

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Are you saying that this utility will never support rounded corners, and when a theme like that Windows 7 one comes along, it will always crash this? :(

Of course, crash will be fixed in next version. But I do not intend to implement rounded corners directly into my utility.

I very much want to get at least one version without cmd, can even beta.

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1) that sort of white glow behind the title text of windows, which makes it easy to read the title text despite transparency in Win 7

2) rounded corners for windows

3) shadow round edge of window

4) glowing buttons (close, minimise, maximise)

Can someone please tell me which of the above really exists in a theme? There must be a theme which has glowing buttons at least, right? If there is such a theme, could you please share the download link?

I can guarantee 100% that 1+3 are. I have seen a picture earlier in the thread which points to 4 also being in the style. 2 may be possible, but makes things harder for bigmuscle, and it sounds like he won't support it anyway. Maybe down the line someone else will play with the code.

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"I am not absolutely sure, but it seems that rounded corners comes from visual theme too. At least, the theme Win7forWin8 somehow achieves rounded corners on taskbar preview windows. (Therefore, it generates more vertices than my AeroGlass expect and it crashes). But I won't add them to my utility, it would require complicated vertex buffer modification and I have even the problem to modify vertex buffer to extend rendered edges by blur radius :-D "

Does anybody here have a link for that theme called "Win7forWin8"? I do want to try it, but googling doesn't yield any usable results :\

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Peacem4k3r: it's the theme which was discussed here some pages back - that one which causes the Aero Glass to crash.

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Thanks ;3

For me, it works pretty good. Sometimes, it crashes on activation, leaving me with a black screen and mouse pointer. But not that often, so it's really nice for a preview version! Additionally, I tuned down the opacity to 80, because 170 is waaaay to less ;)

I also want to thank you for your work. I'm a programmer by myself, and I know that it can sometimes be really hard to get good feedback out of the mass that often only wants "Aero Glass" to work, and then whines because it doesn't at the first try. I really appreciate your work!

Thank you, and I hope that this will someday reach a really stable state. ;3

~Peacem4k3r

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Ohh, I found a massive bug.

With your Loader enabled, the mouse stutters alot in D3D games. Its like its trying to get to its old position when I'm trying to move it. (This happens f.e. in BF3, LeagueOfLegends; D3D games)

~Naschkatze

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Ohh, I found a massive bug.

With your Loader enabled, the mouse stutters alot in D3D games. Its like its trying to get to its old position when I'm trying to move it. (This happens f.e. in BF3, LeagueOfLegends; D3D games)

~Naschkatze

Same here. I have to turn off the beautiful eye candy to play with a good framerate and non-laggy mouse. Whatever bigmuscle is trying his best. Lets just wait for the full release. He's generous enough to let us use it before the release! :thumbup

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MS disables Aero Glass when you play games. I think he will also try to implement this.

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MS disables Aero Glass when you play games. I think he will also try to implement this.

No that's not the issue, it's 99.999% likely the layered windows. Every render to the screen will have to be composited to the desktop with 99% transparency and alpha blended to everything behind it. The glass in the non-client area shouldn't have any effect on your game, since it's only rendered when it needs to be recomposited (something behind it changes). Aero glass and desktop composition is actually very seldom disabled when you play games, I've actually only seen a couple that do, and it's usually at the request of the application.

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