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bigmuscle

Aero Glass for Win8 RC4

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I remember similar behaviour for all system files in older Windows versions - when you deleted or patched some system file, it was automatically restored to the original version in a while. It seems that it does not happen anymore. But basic theme is used only when desktop composition is not loaded which is very hard to do in Win8.

I don't mean that it disables desktop composition, it actually uses the aerolite.msstyles theme with DWM enabled.

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Check it out, FlippinWindows did a video about your Program:

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Yeah, word's starting to get around...

-Noel

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Yeah, word's starting to get around...

-Noel

Yeah.. interesting that "the bloggie man" didn't give BigMuscle any credit, and also showed his own copyright mark at the end of the video.

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Yeah.. interesting that "the bloggie man" didn't give BigMuscle any credit, and also showed his own copyright mark at the end of the video.

Read the article given in the video description.

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Thanks for your answer.

What do i need to do if on both computers, it is the default theme that is installed.

By the looks of the border around the screenshot, the Release Preview style button and text glow, you are using the AGTweaker Custom Resource. Try using AGTweaker or RegEdit to disable it.

This is a bit off topic, but I think I know what happens during the black screen loop. What happens is a cycle of DWM failing and WinLogin trying to reload it. I found out by suspending WinLogin and applying the Consumer Preview theme.

Do you have any link or any document i could consult to see exactly what i do need to change in regedit or thought AGTweaker ?

Thanks.

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Do you have any link or any document i could consult to see exactly what i do need to change in regedit or thought AGTweaker ?

Thanks.

Here is a zip file which contains a video on how to remove it in RegEdit, and a picture of the checkbox you need to uncheck in AGTweaker.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4v0z93g43k77ef3/RegEdit%20AGTweaker%20Edits.zip

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Were there patched theme files in play here? If Microsoft updates components that touch any patched files, it may only be able to load digitally signed files (themes) and thus DWM will fail to properly initialize without theme data. It occurred with a windows update that happened a while back, I imagine it could theoretically happen again...

Actually, this seems to be the real reason of my black screens. However, it is more complicated because I was using signed theme when it happened. I noticed that theme in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\etc. key is loaded before login screen and this theme does not always correspond the user's current theme. And when the black screen appeared, it was really set to the unsigned theme resulting in DWM failed to load. So questions are: when the theme into default user registry branch is set? And why Windows automatic repair is not able to fix this problem?

Interestingly enough that value (assuming you mean HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager\DllName) doesn't always correspond to the actual theme in 7 either.

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If anyone has any nice clean screenshot of Windows 8 showing Aero Glass in action with custom resource applied, could you share it please? (the more different from default theme the better)

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If anyone has any nice clean screenshot of Windows 8 showing Aero Glass in action with custom resource applied, could you share it please? (the more different from default theme the better)

Sure thing. The theme is not very different however. And the screenshots are quite plain.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z4l2ayna9gwu48p/xaMZfuXrZd

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Something like this? Aero 8 theme.

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I would like to used that screen shot to present one of the Aero Glass features as "hey, look how you can completely change border skin without touching Windows theme". drakenabarion's screenshots look nice but they are too Win8-similar to present "theme resource change" feature and I guess CKyHC's screenshot is completely changed Windows theme.

Anyway, the website is being built here http://glass8.berlios.de/ :)

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Nice job! I guess we will see a final release soon? :)

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I would like to used that screen shot to present one of the Aero Glass features as "hey, look how you can completely change border skin without touching Windows theme". drakenabarion's screenshots look nice but they are too Win8-similar to present "theme resource change" feature and I guess CKyHC's screenshot is completely changed Windows theme.

Anyway, the website is being built here http://glass8.berlios.de/ :)

Congratulations on the new website bigmuscle, hope it goes well for you.

Questions:

Are you planning on selling dwmglass.dll final ?

If so how much ?

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I would like to used that screen shot to present one of the Aero Glass features as "hey, look how you can completely change border skin without touching Windows theme". drakenabarion's screenshots look nice but they are too Win8-similar to present "theme resource change" feature and I guess CKyHC's screenshot is completely changed Windows theme.

Anyway, the website is being built here http://glass8.berlios.de/ :)

Yes, it's another theme, but i think without your Aero glass it nothing. It's theme maked by ~xXiNightXx (http://xxinightxx.deviantart.com/art/Aero-8-350491112) special for use with Aero glass effect and it not contain rounded borders or caption buttons, meaning that it Windows 8, not 7 )))

Edited by CKyHC
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Does maximized window color no longer work? I know they removed that functionality from the taskbar in 7 but it doesn't seem to work on the windows anymore either. I don't know if that's a change in DWM or something missing from DWMLoader.

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First post.

What wonderful software BigMuscle has created.

Congrats on your new web page also.

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Nice web site BigMuscle!, Here are a couple of Aero shots..

Aero2.jpg

Aero1.jpg

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Yeah, these two looks clean. Could you just modify the second one so the blur is more noticeable? E.g. by adding some background inactive window with text etc? And is it simple custom resource change? I don't want to present "Use unsigned themes" feature now because it is still buggy and I will not fix it in final release, thus screenshot must show only what we are able to achieve by changing "CustomThemeResource" registry value.

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Tusticles, what visual style is that?

Modified resources from windows 7 msstyle.

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