Aero Glass 1.2 For Windows 8

Aero Glass

Experience the native look of Aero Glass interface on Windows 8.x This utility returns the complete glass effect into windows frames.

  • Apply glass look to windows borders
  • Blur the content behind the borders to improve UI experience
  • Change amount of transparency in Control panels directly
  • Change inactive windows borders color
  • Skin windows borders (add glow, shadows etc.) without changing Windows theme
  • Fully native including MSStyle themes and DWM API compatibility
  • Low resources usage

Glass look

  • Your windows will be rendered with transparent borders. This look allows you to see what is behind the border. The key element is the blurring of content behind the glass borders to prevent it from being too clear and disturbing. The result is very smart window border!

Fully native

  • The utility is completely integrated into Desktop Window Manager without breaking any system protection or modifying system files. All rendering is done via native Direct3D device. Any colorization settings adjusted in Windows Control Panels are respected. Use color intensity slider to adjust the amount of the transparency. No custom skinning engine used. Due to the native nature of this utility your Windows theme is composited together with the glass effect. All features controlled through DWM API (e.g. DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow or DwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea) are supported including the taskbar or custom Start menu blur effect.

Low resources usage

  • This library tries to utilize all DWM resources as much as possible to minimize RAM and VRAM usage. No redundant objects are created, no background service is running. The result is light-weight library which behaves exactly in the same way as Aero Glass in Windows 7 did. No performance degradation!

Theme your windows

  • You can change the look of your windows borders completely without touching your Windows theme or using unsigned theme. This allows you to bring back several effects such as window shadow, caption glow effect, rounded borders or simply change the appearance of caption buttons. You just modify single bitmap in your favorite image editor and everything will look as you want!

Download: Aero Glass 1.2 For Windows 8 | 1.9 MB (Open Source)
Download: Aero Glass 1.2 For Windows 8.1 | 1.9 MB
View: Aero Glass Homepage | Release Notes

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stay away from this! I just installed then, un installed it. nothing but issues with the shell32.dll file all over my screen.

incompatible with latest shell32.dll files what a mess.

Or you could just add a check for major and minor and revision OS build numbers, not to mention using a file class and checking shell32's build version also. No need to have separate programs for such a feat.

why doesnt anyone relase some patch that patches 20-year-old icons like regedit.exe or some of those administrative tools?

those at microsoft are pathetic lazy slackers - look a new metro UI (mine just crashed yesterday, doesnt render anything in metro the way it should, and there is no way to fix it, as far as im concerned), but forget about some old applications that only stupid virgin nerds use, we dont have time to update those, we gotta focus on squares and simplicity, because this is the way to go (which just happens to be the fashion going in circle)

enough of this, besides provoking argument(/discussion?) or provking a moderator to worn me, this wont get me anywhere

Jason Stillion said,
Is there nag where (not home to try it yet) but showing as open source?

Yes, there is nagging. The program will tell you every time you log in or every 30 minutes that you need to donate to remove the message.

Really really disappointed as the author when he first started this said it would be free.

link6155 said,

Yes, there is nagging. The program will tell you every time you log in or every 30 minutes that you need to donate to remove the message.

Really really disappointed as the author when he first started this said it would be free.

Why do developers nag? Don't they know it just pisses people off and makes them uninstall their crap?

link6155 said,

Really really disappointed as the author when he first started this said it would be free.

It is free, because it is freely available to download, it can be freely used for personal and business use, on unlimited number of computers, by unlimited number of users and for unlimited time, and it provides you promised Aero Glass effect for free.

The problem lies in users. If you give them a finger for free, they will start shouting that they want to have a whole hand for free.

Try and say anything about the annoying, stupid nag or how to remove it and some mods like Yzowl, denscorsco and a few others on MSFN will flip out on you and heavy handed moderate you even for asking about it.

Big Muscle said,

It is free, because it is freely available to download, it can be freely used for personal and business use, on unlimited number of computers, by unlimited number of users and for unlimited time, and it provides you promised Aero Glass effect for free.

The problem lies in users. If you give them a finger for free, they will start shouting that they want to have a whole hand for free.


Don't blame your userbase for your mistakes or you'll lose users.

It's not freeware, it's nagware which is garbage. Keep annoying your users to donate and they'll stop using your software. People have asked for other ways to be asked for donations and you flat out refused. People don't want to be annoyed with messageboxes or any other nags while using software.

Sadly you want to get rid of any who speak out against it where your thread is. Disgusting behavior for a so-called developer.

Sorry to disappoint you but I don't care if I lose users. This is my private application which I develop in my free time just for small circle of friends and it is only my good will that I provide public look at it for free. Yeah, no matter how you call it, it is free else you would not be able to download it and use it for unlimited time.

I don't force anybody to use it and nobody will force me how I should deal with my own private application. If someone likes it, he can use it and if someone does not like it, I don't see any reason to use it. It seems to be a bit funny, that someone does not like it but uses it and only shouts around that the application does not behave as he wants.

So again, if you don't like my application's behaviour then go away because I see no reason why you should care about it.

Jack 0Neill said,

Don't blame your userbase for your mistakes or you'll lose users.

It's not freeware, it's nagware which is garbage. Keep annoying your users to donate and they'll stop using your software. People have asked for other ways to be asked for donations and you flat out refused. People don't want to be annoyed with messageboxes or any other nags while using software.

Sadly you want to get rid of any who speak out against it where your thread is. Disgusting behavior for a so-called developer.

This. I asked if I could donate even dollar to get the full version, but he refuses to take micro payment. You need to donate more than that. Greedy person at most.

Big Muscle said,
Sorry to disappoint you but I don't care if I lose users. This is my private application which I develop in my free time just for small circle of friends and it is only my good will that I provide public look at it for free. Yeah, no matter how you call it, it is free else you would not be able to download it and use it for unlimited time.

I don't force anybody to use it and nobody will force me how I should deal with my own private application. If someone likes it, he can use it and if someone does not like it, I don't see any reason to use it. It seems to be a bit funny, that someone does not like it but uses it and only shouts around that the application does not behave as he wants.

So again, if you don't like my application's behaviour then go away because I see no reason why you should care about it.


No matter how you try to PR spin it, it's still nagware.

But thanks for telling the whole world you don't care about your users or community.

I'm sure your "small circle of friends" loved having to donate to you to use this... except I bet they didn't, so you added the nag specifically for a public release version, which you are only making available for "good will" - and a bit of cash begging on the side.

You make no sense

It's great that this exists - I'm all for a bit of customisation - but I'm really surprised how I don't miss having glass on 8.x at all now. About the only thing I do like having glass is the taskbar because I like see my wallpaper through it. Weird!