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There are weird artifacts when you use the Windows 7 theme with aero glass. I don't know why exactly, but I think it has something to do with the way the visual styles gets rounded thumbnail borders. Very good visual style by the way. DWM hook always crashes eventually, but sometimes it stays up with visual artifacts long enough to take a screenshot, so I did. It sure looks trippy.

Is that the windows 7 theme made by http://xxinightxx.de...V-D-350491112?? If not can you send a link? That looks awesome (Except for the giltch)



It's the theme mentioned earlier in this post in a link. Scroll around a bit on page 25 and you will find it.


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There are weird artifacts when you use the Windows 7 theme with aero glass. I don't know why exactly, but I think it has something to do with the way the visual styles gets rounded thumbnail borders. Very good visual style by the way. DWM hook always crashes eventually, but sometimes it stays up with visual artifacts long enough to take a screenshot, so I did. It sure looks trippy.

Is that the windows 7 theme made by http://xxinightxx.de...V-D-350491112?? If not can you send a link? That looks awesome (Except for the giltch)



It's the theme mentioned earlier in this post in a link. Scroll around a bit on page 25 and you will find it.

ok thanks.

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[NOT IMPORTANT AT ALL DONT WORRY BIGMUSCLE!]I have a problem with minecraft, it runs at the same FPS but when I look side to side it laggs when I enable aero on it. Yes it is the newest preview, if anyone knows why i am lagging tell me but its ok its not to annoying thanks in advance -Hydro [NOT IMPORTANT AT ALL DONT WORRY BIGMUSCLE!]

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Saludos, me acabo de unir al foro ya que es precisamente esta característica la que estaba esperandola que sacaran, no creo poder apoyar mucho ya que no tengo W8 de 64 bits ni experiencia en el tema, pero tengo uno de 32 así que esperare a que desarrolles la versión de 32 para calarlo, gracias bigmuscle por todo su esfuerzo y empeño... :thumbup
Por cierto hace poco cale en una maquina de 64 bits la v0.4 y con lo de la clave de registro DeviceFeatureLevel a 9300, 9200, y 9100, y no paso nada, sin Aero... :(
Esta tenia una tarjeta gráfica nvidia y un procesador amd de doble nucleo...

Greetings, I just joined the forum and it is precisely this characteristic that was waiting to take out, I might not support a lot since I don't have 64-bit W8 or experience in the subject, but I have a 32bits W8 so I will wait to you develop the 32 to tray, thanks for all your effort and commitment BigMuscle... :thumbup
Incidentally a bit ago I gave a try at a 64 bit machine with the v0.4 and the registry key DeviceFeatureLevel to 9300, 9200, and 9100, and nothing happened, no Aero ... :(
This had a nvidia graphics card and an AMD dual core ...

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Run the program from the disk D. After starting at the root file appears debug.log.
Contains these lines:

Installing DWM hook...
DWM: 0xE4, error = 0
Module: D:\Soft\WinTools\x_Tweak\DWM\DWMHook.dll
RemoteDLLName: 0xB0C00000
WriteProcessMemory: 1, error 0
LoadLibrary: 0x16FF28AC
CreateRemoteThread: 0xF0 error 0


Version 0.3 works.

Tested 0.4 - does not work. Log-file contains Attachments.
Attached File  debug.zip   2.44KB   3 downloads

Rolled back to 0.3

Set the minimum number of programs:
Microsoft Office Pro 2013, Visual C 2010 x32, Microsoft Direct X 9.

Good luck!
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Edited by KanumaH, 09 March 2013 - 05:15 AM.


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AERO GLASS PREVIEW 5

Another experimental preview is here!

What's new:
* default device feature level is set to 9.1 until correct solution is found
* experimental blur behind taskbar (GlassTransparency settings is not applied to it!!!)
* added possibility to set own theme resource (requires bitmap with non-premultiplied alpha)
* using screen size instead of virtual screen size on some places (does this affect multimonitor configuration???)
* decreased interval for setting layered windows to 250 ms
* settings moved to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (applied on DWM startup, so dwm.exe restart is needed on change)
DisableLogging (DWORD) - 0 = enables, 1 = disables verbose logging into debug.log file (default = 0)
DeviceFeatureLevel (DWORD) - Direct3D version which should be used for DWM rendering (default = 0x9100)
BypassLayeredWindowsRendering (DWORD) - 0 = enables, 1 = disables alpha blending of layered windows with alpha value of 254 (default = 1)
UseDirect2DRendering (DWORD) - 0 = use Direct3D mode, 1 = use Direct2D mode

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (applied when colorization settings is changed - e.g. in control panel)
BlurDeviation (DWORD) - the amount of blur to be applied. Set to 0 to disable blur effect completely (default = 30)
GlassTransparency (DWORD) - value of alpha component (0-255) which will be applied to the glass, has no effect on taskbar (default in D3D = 64, in D2D = 175).
CustomThemeResource (STRING) - path to PNG file with theme resource (bitmap must have exactly the same layout as msstyle theme you are using!)
ColorizationBlurBalanceInactive
ColorizationAfterglowInactive
ColorizationColorInactive
ColorizationAfterglowBalanceInactive
ColorizationColorBalanceInactive

http://prdownload.be...s8/DWMHook05.7z
Aero Glass for Win8.x --> http://www.glass8.eu

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thanks a lot . it works. now we have aero glass again !!

Edited by cassades, 09 March 2013 - 07:05 AM.


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0.5 works fine with 0.4 settings - taskbar has changed - i need to work on that as its not as good for me - will look at settings above

do i need to add anything

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Works fine, but there is still crash while using 7 Aero and previewing windows.
D2D - Crashes instantly
D3D - Visual artifacts like mentioned before.

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Edited by Blackbird256, 09 March 2013 - 09:57 AM.


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When I enable Direct3D mode windows become colorized, colorization disabled, in Direct2D normal. How disable colorization in Direct3D?

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All of the versions have been very unreliable, in the sense that when I would start them, there is a >70% chance of the dwm freezing, and when this happens, the only thing I can do is power off the computer (the exit shortcut doesn't work here). So this is still almost useless for me. Do you know why it does this? Sometimes it shows only black when it does this, sometimes it shows a few of the windows in basic style.



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Works fine, but there is still crash while using 7 Aero and previewing windows.
D2D - Crashes instantly
D3D - Visual artifacts like mentioned before.


I'm guessing your using a custom theme made by some one, Who ever made your theme has change some think they shouldn't have my theme here AeroByDesign For Windows 8 works without any problems, I will test v0.5 out to see if i get any crashes but so far it been fine.

Edited by LiveOrDie, 09 March 2013 - 10:29 AM.


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Works fine, but there is still crash while using 7 Aero and previewing windows.
D2D - Crashes instantly
D3D - Visual artifacts like mentioned before.


When I have time I will try to install that theme to see what is wrong.

When I enable Direct3D mode windows become colorized, colorization disabled, in Direct2D normal. How disable colorization in Direct3D?


Set GlassTransparency to 0, filling window border with color isn't intended for Direct3D implementation because it uses default Windows 8 colorization mechanism.

All of the versions have been very unreliable, in the sense that when I would start them, there is a >70% chance of the dwm freezing, and when this happens, the only thing I can do is power off the computer (the exit shortcut doesn't work here). So this is still almost useless for me. Do you know why it does this? Sometimes it shows only black when it does this, sometimes it shows a few of the windows in basic style.

Preview versions are NOT intended to be reliable in any sense. There is a race condition in the loading procedure which will never be fixed in any preview version (simply because it has no sense to fix something what is going to be removed in final version)
Aero Glass for Win8.x --> http://www.glass8.eu

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When I enable Direct3D mode windows become colorized, colorization disabled, in Direct2D normal. How disable colorization in Direct3D?


Set GlassTransparency to 0, filling window border with color isn't intended for Direct3D implementation because it uses default Windows 8 colorization mechanism.


Why results of simple switching between 2D and 3D so different, without any tweaks?

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Because Direct2D is a kind of hack, it is just another layer which renders Direct2D effect into Direct3D render target (= screen). Direct3D method is a reuse of DWM native pixel shaders.
Aero Glass for Win8.x --> http://www.glass8.eu

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thanks, works so far for me.
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AERO GLASS PREVIEW 5

Another experimental preview is here!

What's new:
* default device feature level is set to 9.1 until correct solution is found
* experimental blur behind taskbar (GlassTransparency settings is not applied to it!!!)
* added possibility to set own theme resource (requires bitmap with non-premultiplied alpha)
* using screen size instead of virtual screen size on some places (does this affect multimonitor configuration???)
* decreased interval for setting layered windows to 250 ms
* settings moved to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (applied on DWM startup, so dwm.exe restart is needed on change)
DisableLogging (DWORD) - 0 = enables, 1 = disables verbose logging into debug.log file (default = 0)
DeviceFeatureLevel (DWORD) - Direct3D version which should be used for DWM rendering (default = 0x9100)
BypassLayeredWindowsRendering (DWORD) - 0 = enables, 1 = disables alpha blending of layered windows with alpha value of 254 (default = 1)
UseDirect2DRendering (DWORD) - 0 = use Direct3D mode, 1 = use Direct2D mode

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (applied when colorization settings is changed - e.g. in control panel)
BlurDeviation (DWORD) - the amount of blur to be applied. Set to 0 to disable blur effect completely (default = 30)
GlassTransparency (DWORD) - value of alpha component (0-255) which will be applied to the glass, has no effect on taskbar (default in D3D = 64, in D2D = 175).
CustomThemeResource (STRING) - path to PNG file with theme resource (bitmap must have exactly the same layout as msstyle theme you are using!)
ColorizationBlurBalanceInactive
ColorizationAfterglowInactive
ColorizationColorInactive
ColorizationAfterglowBalanceInactive
ColorizationColorBalanceInactive

http://prdownload.be...s8/DWMHook05.7z

With Multi Monitor, the previous issue in D3D mode no longer occurs - transparency is consistent now. Window's setting for colour intensity controls the transparency nicely too.

Some minor and barely visible artefacts occur but they are not screenshotable. Particularly at the edges of windows. It actually looks a bit like the edge glow form Windows 7, but, it sometimes gets cleaned out when selecting a window and then slowly returns after a few seconds. It generally looks good tho even if unintended.

https://www.dropbox.... 18.01.03.jpg?m

Edited by drakenabarion, 09 March 2013 - 12:11 PM.


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When I have time I will try to install that theme to see what is wrong


Thank you. I really like that theme and this makes it even better :thumbup

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The aero and blur work just fine in the new preview! :thumbup Only problem is that my windows are clear and no other color. :unsure:

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AERO GLASS PREVIEW 5

Another experimental preview is here!

What's new:
* default device feature level is set to 9.1 until correct solution is found
* experimental blur behind taskbar (GlassTransparency settings is not applied to it!!!)
* added possibility to set own theme resource (requires bitmap with non-premultiplied alpha)
* using screen size instead of virtual screen size on some places (does this affect multimonitor configuration???)
* decreased interval for setting layered windows to 250 ms
* settings moved to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (applied on DWM startup, so dwm.exe restart is needed on change)
DisableLogging (DWORD) - 0 = enables, 1 = disables verbose logging into debug.log file (default = 0)
DeviceFeatureLevel (DWORD) - Direct3D version which should be used for DWM rendering (default = 0x9100)
BypassLayeredWindowsRendering (DWORD) - 0 = enables, 1 = disables alpha blending of layered windows with alpha value of 254 (default = 1)
UseDirect2DRendering (DWORD) - 0 = use Direct3D mode, 1 = use Direct2D mode

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (applied when colorization settings is changed - e.g. in control panel)
BlurDeviation (DWORD) - the amount of blur to be applied. Set to 0 to disable blur effect completely (default = 30)
GlassTransparency (DWORD) - value of alpha component (0-255) which will be applied to the glass, has no effect on taskbar (default in D3D = 64, in D2D = 175).
CustomThemeResource (STRING) - path to PNG file with theme resource (bitmap must have exactly the same layout as msstyle theme you are using!)
ColorizationBlurBalanceInactive
ColorizationAfterglowInactive
ColorizationColorInactive
ColorizationAfterglowBalanceInactive
ColorizationColorBalanceInactive

http://prdownload.be...s8/DWMHook05.7z

Bigmuscle do you plan to implement the flip 3D effect still? or is that long gone? :whistle: :hello:

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It is going to be implemented, the function to active this effect still exists in Win8 but I need to study it more. So it will be the priority later ;-)
Aero Glass for Win8.x --> http://www.glass8.eu

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Works fine, but there is still crash while using 7 Aero and previewing windows.
D2D - Crashes instantly
D3D - Visual artifacts like mentioned before.


When I have time I will try to install that theme to see what is wrong.

Are we talking about this theme http://xxinightxx.de...REV-D-350491112 ? I have installed and do not have any problems with it.

Some minor and barely visible artefacts occur but they are not screenshotable. Particularly at the edges of windows. It actually looks a bit like the edge glow form Windows 7, but, it sometimes gets cleaned out when selecting a window and then slowly returns after a few seconds. It generally looks good tho even if unintended.

https://www.dropbox.... 18.01.03.jpg?m


yes, this is known. Direct3D mode is not finished yet, it requires some more changes.
Aero Glass for Win8.x --> http://www.glass8.eu

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Did you try to hover over pinned icon so it shows the preview window? It closes the loader instantly.

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Yeah, got it. This theme somehow modifies standard vertices to achieve rounded borders on preview windows. I was expecting the maximum number of vertices to be 22 (classic rectangle window border), but this theme uses 34 vertices. It results in crash, because my vertex buffer was too small to fit all vertices. I should use dynamic buffer instead.
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in the new version, new Windows now have automatically Glass without a delay. Cool !!! :wub:
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