Ladies and gentlemen,
I present you version 1.0 of Aero Glass reimplementation for Windows 8.1. This software is a bit different story than Aero Glass for Win8, because almost all glass code has been removed from Windows 8.1 so complete reimplementation was needed.
The development of Aero Glass effect for Windows 8 was pretty easy but I had no knowledge around Desktop Windows Manager at all. Situation in Windows 8.1 is opposite - I already got enough knowledge but I had to wrote all glass code from scratch.
There are some small differences from Windows 8 version:
1) as already been said during the development phase, this software is only the extension to DWM rendering engine and hooks DWM functions only. It does not hook theme service (to bypass theme signature) anymore nor any other process to explicitely enable blur behind any window (e.g. behind taskbar). It just blurs the areas where it is instructed to do so.
2) due to the nature of Windows 8.1 Desktop Windows Manager, access to DWM's SettingsManager object is required to load additional user's settings. This object can be located if and only if symbols for DWM.EXE are present. In opposite case, the software switches into limited mode which means that your settings from registry won't be loaded!
3) to correctly inject this library into DWM process, the small background task is required to be running. When this background process is not running, DWMGlass.dll won't be injected automatically on user logon, dwm.exe restart etc.
The software is free for your personal usage. However, it politely asks you to donate arbitrary amount of money to support the development as I spent really a lot of time on this. This is not mandatory, you can still use the software unlimitedly. The free version also shows watermark on the desktop. This will change only when (and if) I create GUI for this software.
The free version does not support automatic downloading of DWM symbols from MS server. This is done as a bonus to the donators when any future Windows update breaks something, they can continue using glass effect without waiting for fixed version. However, everyone can still download the public symbols manually (or get them from a friend etc.) and put them to <your Aero Glass folder>\symbols. Utility will then load them when required. Just, please don't share the symbols here as they are copyrighted by Microsoft Corporation.
Download and all information are available on its website: http://glass8.berlios.de
INFORMATION: After donation, you won't receive any donation key automatically. You must generate it manually on http://glass8.berlios.de/donate.html
Please, remember that this software is done in my free time and it is not done for any profit - the donation totally depends on you and you won't get the full service as in the case of regular paid software. You donate to support the development and not to buy the full version of the software!
Edited by bigmuscle, 14 February 2014 - 10:54 AM.