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ORelio

Aero Glass Tweaker GUI for Win8 v1.3.2

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Here you go mate, just made this one for you, it's pretty much the default aero windows 7 theme with a few tweaks. http://browse.deviantart.com/art/Aero-8-Glow-364494879

aero_8_glow_by_mrgrim01-d610e1r.png

Direct download link http://www.deviantart.com/download/364494879/aero_8_glow_by_mrgrim01-d610e1r.7z

After several hours using it, I found that everything was exactly like in Windows 7 except the title bar buttons.

glowbefore.png

While analyzing your "Aero Glow v2.msstyles" with reshacker, I found which resource is responsible of title bar and window frames :

reshackers.pngreshackerstream.png

STREAM\986\0 - ORIGINAL : http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/8042/stream986original.png

Worked a few hours in order to improve it :

reshackers.pngreshackerstream2.png

STREAM\986\0 - MODIFIED : http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/9540/stream986final.png

Here is the final result after placing it back in "Aero Glow v2.msstyles" using ResHacker and applying the theme :

glowafter.png

Feel free to use it in your theme if you want :)

EDIT - Found another little fix to make for the close button glow effect :

glowbefore2.pngglowafter2.png

The glow effect was 1 pixel too large on the left so I fixed that ^^

Here is the updated file : http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/9643/stream986finalclosefix.png

I need help applying this.

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I need help applying this.

1/ Download and install Resource Hacker

2/ Open Aero Glow v2.msstyles with Resource hacker (not the THEME file but the MSSTYLES one! )

3/ Browse to STREAM/986/0

4/ Right clic on "0" -> Replace Resource

5/ Open file, use this one

6/ Resource Type : STREAM, Name : 986, Language : 0 -> Replace

7/ File -> Save

8/ Done.

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This error occured in DWMGlass not in AGTweaker, so please report it in bigmuscle's topic :

Also, I heard that the 32-bit version of DWMGlass does not work properly.

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  • No 32-bit support for aero glass at this time only with 64-bit, per bigmuscle thread..

Hi

Please help me, I get an Error and I cant understand what to do...

Image showing error is attached..

Here is a link to the same-

http://postimg.org/image/nux70e9h3/

Please guide me...

Thanks in Advance...:)

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Here you go mate, just made this one for you, it's pretty much the default aero windows 7 theme with a few tweaks. http://browse.deviantart.com/art/Aero-8-Glow-364494879

aero_8_glow_by_mrgrim01-d610e1r.png

Direct download link http://www.deviantart.com/download/364494879/aero_8_glow_by_mrgrim01-d610e1r.7z

After several hours using it, I found that everything was exactly like in Windows 7 except the title bar buttons.

glowbefore.png

While analyzing your "Aero Glow v2.msstyles" with reshacker, I found which resource is responsible of title bar and window frames :

reshackers.pngreshackerstream.png

STREAM\986\0 - ORIGINAL : http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/8042/stream986original.png

Worked a few hours in order to improve it :

reshackers.pngreshackerstream2.png

STREAM\986\0 - MODIFIED : http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/9540/stream986final.png

Here is the final result after placing it back in "Aero Glow v2.msstyles" using ResHacker and applying the theme :

glowafter.png

Feel free to use it in your theme if you want :)

EDIT - Found another little fix to make for the close button glow effect :

glowbefore2.pngglowafter2.png

The glow effect was 1 pixel too large on the left so I fixed that ^^

Here is the updated file : http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/9643/stream986finalclosefix.png

Hello

I have already modified the file aero.msstyles with WSB, and I'd like to have rounded corners.

Could you explain to me how I should do?

Thanks so much

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Have never used WSB but window corners are located in the same STREAM file.

If you round them you'll have rounded corners.

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what was the version that closed the cmd box - i cannot put up with the popup any more - its out of order - surely someone who can program can get rid of it - Bugmuscle seems intent on keeping it - for me he is driving users away - thats not for here but i'm going back a few versions so would like to choose to one that works for me

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I recommend ver. 0.3 in direct2D mode with GUI ver. 1.1 for best results without annoying popups.

ver. 0.4 & 0.5 are indev builds that may be unstable (got random crashes)

ver. 0.6 & 0.7 contains popup every hour.

I do not really understand bigmuscle's intentions.

As a developer I agree with him, users are often impatient and spoiled kids who spend their time moaning instead of making positive remarks...

But I see no reason of putting annoying popups, it does not encourage them to make more bug reports and it also irritates those who are willing to help.

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I recommend ver. 0.3 in direct2D mode with GUI ver. 1.1 for best results without annoying popups.

ver. 0.4 & 0.5 are indev builds that may be unstable (got random crashes)

ver. 0.6 & 0.7 contains popup every hour.

I do not really understand bigmuscle's intentions.

As a developer I agree with him, users are often impatient and spoiled kids who spend their time moaning instead of making positive remarks...

But I see no reason of putting annoying popups, it does not encourage them to make more bug reports and it also irritates those who are willing to help.

thanks will look at that - obviously agree with your last point - i have posted on his thread that no one will remember his work if someone else releases something before him - to me he is missing his chance - but his decision - nobody remembers who was second

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I dont' think that's possible as the same glow image is used for regular close buttons and small close button.

If I resize the glow effect, the regular one will be too small ^^"

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@Orelio...

Thanks for the "Windows Colours" addition in 1.2.1 :)

I'm struggling with D3D settings - blur has no effect. I've been fiddling about with the registry values to try and work out exactly how D3D applies the blur (it seems to be a horribly convoluted mixture of different keys and values). If you can tell me which keys and settings AGT is adjusting to set the blur in D3D, maybe I can play around a bit and try to help work out a way to get it working.

(In D2D mode, AGT and AG work wonderfully - and I must admit, I'm not even sure why BM regards D3D as "better" - but I'm no ex-spurt :) )

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I already said it. DWM itself draws visual components into Direct3D surface. In Direct2D mode, you must create different layer where you redirect Direct3D component, process Direct2D rendering and then render everything back into Direct3D surface. With this you must maintain many resources such as DXGI surface to provide D3D-D2D interoperability. Even Direct2D is just an API above Direct3D 11, so it becomes complicated as hell.

In Direct3D mode, you just set vertex buffer, vertex shader, pixel shader, constant buffers and render. That's all.

Yeah, the DWM colorization is a bit complicated. In fact, the final color is computed as (ColorizationColor * ColorizationColorBalance / 100), then afterglow color and blur balance is applied. The final result is then influenced by blur weights. But pixel shaders and DWM completely take care about this. Unfortunately, in Win8 RTM, the color (and balance) is always managed and computed for opaque frames. The next version will change the algorithm to the original one which computes for transparent frames.

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So is it "better" in the results it produces, "better" in terms of lower use of resources or "better" in terms of more elegant programming?

As a user/observer, it appears that the D2D mode actually produces a more pleasing result - so what's actually the downside - for the end-user - of not bothering with HOW the effect is achieved?

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So is it "better" in the results it produces, "better" in terms of lower use of resources or "better" in terms of more elegant programming?

As a user/observer, it appears that the D2D mode actually produces a more pleasing result - so what's actually the downside - for the end-user - of not bothering with HOW the effect is achieved?

it's better in terms of resource usage (3x faster to draw) AND in terms of elegant programming ^^

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(oops, duplicate post)

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I dont' think that's possible as the same glow image is used for regular close buttons and small close button.

If I resize the glow effect, the regular one will be too small ^^"

Yeah I already knew about this problem, could be one of the reasons MS decided to remove the glow as they made the lone close button smaller in Windows 8, if there was a way to make the lone button larger as it was in 7 then it's possible it could be fixed but pretty sure it's not possible just by editing the msstyles.

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For me 0.3 version is most stable, no popups, and i use d2d because 0.3 version is single when windows are created already transparent. In newest versions windows creates (at least for me) standart win8 interface, and after little period of time it became with aero effect, but it visible by eye... One bug - black screen may occure, but not often...

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I recommend ver. 0.3 in direct2D mode with GUI ver. 1.1 for best results without annoying popups.

So just to clarify. In 0.3 with your tweaker there is no cmd window on startup? So it basically opens the loader, black screen, hides it and your tool is in tray. Correct? Because if it works like that I'm definitely switching until popups are removed :D

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If you are using Explorer7 the CMD window is hidden, otherwise the window is only minimized in taskbar. The tool does not stay in tray, once job is done it closes.

Finally found a workaround to hide the CMD window, yay! If you are using Ex7forW8, killing & restarting it unpins the CMD window from the taskbar.

This does not works with windows 8's regular explorer since it automatically re-catch the opened windows and re-pin them to the taskbar.

Released this workaround in AGTweaker 1.1.

It was hard to implement since I had to find out how to start a process under the current user credentials from an admin/elevated process

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Oh I didn't know about the Ex7forW8 dependancy. I'll try it later then :)

OK that did the trick. Wish it was easy to find value which makes these popups :(

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Yes, that was easy to find. DWMGlass.dll injects into csrss.exe and use MessageBoxW() function from user32.dll (Windows API) to trigger popups every ~1h.

As csrss is a system process you can't kill it without crashing Windows, that's why bigmuscle chose this process to handle the popup system.

Of course, as this process starts with windows, enabling Glass after Windows startup should disable popups as long as you don't reboot.

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How did you find it? Thats some impressive work. Aha you can see it in Hex Editor.

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Except the thing that DWMGlass injects into every process which is linked with USER32.DLL and I don't even know what the csrss process is :whistle:

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