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Aero Glass For Windows 8.1 Update


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Many people have used BigMuscle's aero-glass installation for win8/8.1, unfortunately, it is not applicable to win8.1 Update. @moderate of MDL found that it was due to it requires to update the "Symbols" used in aero-glass installation.

 

Download the new patch: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l00epx5j2avjuvj/2014-04-06_Symbols.rar

 

1. In win8.1 update, launch BigMuscle'sinstallation. setup-w8.1-1.2.1.exe (do not use 1.3, it's for win8)

    Pause when it gets to "setup destination folder"

   In explorer, manually create the needed folders.

 

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2. Open the Symbols patch, choose the correct folder, and copy all contents to the created folder.

 

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3. Contine with installation and get aero-glass!!  :)

 

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BigMuscle's aero-glass project site: http://glass8.berlios.de

MDL thread : http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/53651-HowTo-Working-AeroGlass-for-W8-1-1-x64-x32

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I don't use that software, it looks nasty and I hate the annoying popups. I use another application that is completely free and does not come with any annoyances.

 

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I don't use that software, it looks nasty and I hate the annoying popups. I use another application that is completely free and does not come with any annoyances.

 

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and what application would that be?

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I don't use that software, it looks nasty and I hate the annoying popups. I use another application that is completely free and does not come with any annoyances.

 

well don't leave us all hanging here.... What's the app?

 

Also that screenshot looks like the window frames are just transperant, there is no "Aero Glass" blur effect.

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I don't use that software, it looks nasty and I hate the annoying popups. I use another application that is completely free and does not come with any annoyances.

 

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Whats the name/link for this software?

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That link is down, got any mirror?

 

Also i'm noticing that, aprt from an error console that pops up at startup, glass8 works also on update1 without problems.

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That link is down, got any mirror?

 

Also i'm noticing that, aprt from an error console that pops up at startup, glass8 works also on update1 without problems.

 

Yeah I got an error after logging in, but it's continued to work as normal.

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I don't use that software, it looks nasty and I hate the annoying popups. I use another application that is completely free and does not come with any annoyances.

 

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No blur on yours, since it's just a window skinner. 

 

either way, I don't see the need for either. but yours don't actually replace Aero. 

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Like I said, it's not for everyone but I like this, I cant stand annoying pop ups.

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MS just needs to re-allow Aero Glass for the people that want it.

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MS just needs to re-allow Aero Glass for the people that want it.

 

So you're saying they're supposed to spend resources developing and supporting two different UI schemes for no good reason ? you can only spend resources on alternatives for so long before it's merely wasted resources, Aero don't even fit in witht he rest of the design language in Windows 8+

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Many people have used BigMuscle's aero-glass installation for win8/8.1, unfortunately, it is not applicable to win8.1 Update. @moderate of MDL found that it was due to it requires to update the "Symbols" used in aero-glass installation.

 

Download the new patch: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l00epx5j2avjuvj/2014-04-06_Symbols.rar

 

 

I found a mirror on MDL

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i5b0yfx3bk2fnom/2014-04-08_Symbols.rar

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So you're saying they're supposed to spend resources developing and supporting two different UI schemes for no good reason ? you can only spend resources on alternatives for so long before it's merely wasted resources, Aero don't even fit in witht he rest of the design language in Windows 8+

 

The taskbar is transparent, yet the window frames aren't? How does that "fit in"? Before we could disable or enable transparency if we wanted, but it makes no sense having some things transparent, and others not. I want them both to match.

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Sorry HawkMan, I agree with your viewpoint about redundancy and that will happen at some point, but I have to agree with McKay on this one.

Besides, judging by the 3rd party alternatives, it wouldn't be that much work to reenable it and make it flawless for the desktop environment (and it doesn't have to clash with the ModernUI either).

 

I think MS are listening to what consumers want and will do this at some point, looking at their current plans for the reintegration of the Start Menu and windowed ModernUI applications (which were previously enabled by 3rd party apps as well).

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The taskbar is transparent, yet the window frames aren't? How does that "fit in"? Before we could disable or enable transparency if we wanted, but it makes no sense having some things transparent, and others not. I want them both to match.

 

Why do the window frames & taskbar need to match?

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Why do the window frames & taskbar need to match?

 

I didn't say they need to match, he said aero glass doesn't fit in with Metro, so I pointed out the taskbar still uses glass. I didn't say they need to match, I said I want them to match. Even though I dislike the solid colour I'd prefer to have them both solid than have a solid window border mixed with transparent taskbar.

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Sorry HawkMan, I agree with your viewpoint about redundancy and that will happen at some point, but I have to agree with McKay on this one.

Besides, judging by the 3rd party alternatives, it wouldn't be that much work to reenable it and make it flawless for the desktop environment (and it doesn't have to clash with the ModernUI either).

 

I think MS are listening to what consumers want and will do this at some point, looking at their current plans for the reintegration of the Start Menu and windowed ModernUI applications (which were previously enabled by 3rd party apps as well).

 

Except it does crash, visually there's issues with having both transparent and non transparent title bars. heck black text is already a problem with their non transparent one. 

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Except it does crash, visually there's issues with having both transparent and non transparent title bars. heck black text is already a problem with their non transparent one. 

 

Microsoft dropped the ball with black frames because in removing aero glass they removed the white glow around text. I love the look of Aero glass with the square corners of 8, the theme we had in one of the Previews. I'd prefer the old button from Windows 7 that let you disable the transparencies.

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So you're saying they're supposed to spend resources developing and supporting two different UI schemes for no good reason ?

 

Since when transparency + blur = 2 different ui schemes?

Why do the window frames & taskbar need to match?

 

They don't. But some people would want them to. Why choice is bad all of a sudden? Cause MS said so? Choice has always been one of the strong points of the desktop PC. Remove the choice and you almost get an Apple product.

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Microsoft dropped the ball with black frames because in removing aero glass they removed the white glow around text. I love the look of Aero glass with the square corners of 8, the theme we had in one of the Previews. I'd prefer the old button from Windows 7 that let you disable the transparencies.

 

Glow solved a problem, but design wise, it was a horrible and ugly solution. and it doesn't fit in with the clean metro design. 

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Glow solved a problem, but design wise, it was a horrible and ugly solution. and it doesn't fit in with the clean metro design. 

 

Does no black explorer frames fit in with clean Metro design?

 

They could have had the text turn White when it detected a dark background but they left it dark grey and refuse to acknoeledge there's even an issue. They have stopped responding to support threads about the issue and delete any new threads that pop up about the issue.

 

I have Aero glass, if both the taskbar and explorer border weren't transparent I probably wouldn't have given it a 2nd thought, but the fact one was and the other wasn't annoyed me, it didnt make sense. I like the look of Aero with sharp corners, it's the same theme we had in one of the Previews of 8.

 

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That link is down, got any mirror?

 

Also i'm noticing that, aprt from an error console that pops up at startup, glass8 works also on update1 without problems.

 

Yeah, because the symbols code got updated, because the old patch is not compatible with win8.1 Update pack KB2934018-x64 . :)

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I need to find a decent theme atlas with text glow on all windows, including File Explorer.

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