Aero Glass 1.3 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!

What's new in this version:

  • internal changes to be consistent with Aero Glass for Win8.1 code
  • fixes to allow on-the-fly preview from prepared GUI application
  • CustomThemeResource settings name changed to CustomThemeAtlas

Download: Aero Glass 1.3 For Windows 8 | 1.7 MB (Open Source)
Download: Aero Glass 1.2.1 For Windows 8.1 | 1.8 MB
View: Aero Glass Homepage | Release Notes

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I can't believe people whimper for $4. The software works perfectly and is beautiful. I used it from the first release. The guy spent countless hours on this for which MS, from plain stupidity, should never have taken it off in the first place. He is the only one who provide that kind of software with a professional effect, small foot print and bugs free. Please stop crying. I am sure you all work for free.

All he had to do was charge $1.00, and there would have been a good chance he would have had at least two million downloads. . .some people never learn. . .whatever.

Was gonna give this a shot until I read all the comments is this guy for real? People, please don't install this crap this is a terrible, terrible way to write software. The author of this must be a complete douche.

He was deleting comments from people complaining about the watermark on his forum. He should have listened to me and the others that tried to warn him.

People are complaining that the license.key file they get isn't working or not downloading at all. Looks like he has given up deleting comments for now.

The guy has been acting shady about this from day one. Don't touch it.

The only place I've seen "open source" is here, on this page. This is from his license agreement - "This software is protected by copyright law. You are NOT permitted to study the source code of this software by ANY way and for ANY reason. You are NOT allowed to modify, decompile, disassemble or make reverse engineering of this software. You are NOT allowed to bypass any software protection by any kind of means including memory patching or hooking."

You can. Not literally, but achieve an identical effect.

Two options here:
- cut out a white background in your wallpaper where your taskbar resides (40px on 100% DPI)
- create a Rainmeter theme that'll put a white rectangle behind the taskbar

I'm not 100% sure if white will result in taskbar having an identical color to your window borders, though. You might try window color instead, but that'll be less flexible (although *maybe* there's an option for Rainmeter to draw the color values from the registry)

Descartes said,
You can. Not literally, but achieve an identical effect.

Two options here:
- cut out a white background in your wallpaper where your taskbar resides (40px on 100% DPI)
- create a Rainmeter theme that'll put a white rectangle behind the taskbar

Thanks, but I change my wallpaper regularly, and this would become tiresome after a while.

Ice_Blue said,
I want to go in the opposite direction.

I wish I could disable the taskbar transparency.


There is a simple trick hardcoded in explorer. If you rename your theme file name from aero.msstyles to aerolite.msstyles then explorer will apply a flag which will cause the taskbar to be fully opaque (or blurred if glass is installed).

CAP-Team said,
Microsoft should have implemented this natively in Windows 8(.1)
As an option, of course.

What!? Give consumers choice?
Get out of here with your logic!

Boo Berry said,
Only by donating to the project, can you receive a key to remove the watermark/automatically download the needed symbols.

You can't compile it yourself without watermark?

Zidane said,
Nice utility but any way to remove the watermark? Quite aggrivating and is an instant uninstall for me

Told the guy who made this that his watermark would keep a lot of people away and I was right. He even mentioned on the MDL forums and elsewhere that it was put in for the specific point of annoying the user enough to be forced to donate. I should have taken screenshots of that before he realized what he said and deleted them.

Shared my opinion on how he was heading in the wrong direction with it and many others agreed. The guy was wanting donations from a barely usuable preview version of it that didn't really show it in action at all. Imagine basic transparency with an even more annoying watermark. Next thing I know the thread was closed because he apparently threw a huge fit over what I said.

Not to mention that it's far from the glass effect and very buggy. I feel for anyone who actually donates to get the watermark removed. He is in it just to make a quick buk off the aero glass fans.

Edited by shawnsdada, Mar 18 2014, 12:20am :

shawnsdada said,

Told the guy who made this that his watermark would keep a lot of people away and I was right. He even mentioned on the MDL forums and elsewhere that it was put in for the specific point of annoying the user enough to be forced to donate. I should have taken screenshots of that before he realized what he said and deleted them.

Shared my opinion on how he was heading in the wrong direction with it and many others agreed. The guy was wanting donations from a barely usuable preview version of it that didn't really show it in action at all. Imagine basic transparency with an even more annoying watermark. Next thing I know the thread was closed because he apparently threw a huge fit over what I said.

Not to mention that it's far from the glass effect and very buggy. I feel for anyone who actually donates to get the watermark removed. He is in it just to make a quick buk off the aero glass fans.

Sounds similar to the comments he made here.
http://www.neowin.net/news/aero-glass-12-for-windows-8

shawnsdada said,

Told the guy who made this that his watermark would keep a lot of people away and I was right. He even mentioned on the MDL forums and elsewhere that it was put in for the specific point of annoying the user enough to be forced to donate. I should have taken screenshots of that before he realized what he said and deleted them.


he guy was wanting donations from a barely usuable preview version of it that didn't really show it in action at all.

No, I didn't want anything. It was users who were asking me to provide possibility to donate for full version.


Imagine basic transparency with an even more annoying watermark. Next thing I know the thread was closed because he apparently threw a huge fit over what I said.

Did you even try it? Probably not. Because it is not basic transparency. It provides blur effect, glow effect and many other additional features.


Not to mention that it's far from the glass effect and very buggy.

Please, mention what exactly is far from the glass and what is exactly buggy so other users can see that you are lying :-P

Big Muscle said,


No, I didn't want anything. It was users who were asking me to provide possibility to donate for full version.


Did you even try it? Probably not. Because it is not basic transparency. It provides blur effect, glow effect and many other additional features.


Please, mention what exactly is far from the glass and what is exactly buggy so other users can see that you are lying :-P

But we still have to donate to remove the watermark? If so, I'll have to pass.

Zidane said,

But we still have to donate to remove the watermark? If so, I'll have to pass.


Do you have to pay if you want to buy a new car? Do you have to pay if you want to activate your Windows copy? etc... ;-)

Big Muscle said,

Do you have to pay if you want to buy a new car?
Yes.
Big Muscle said,

Do you have to pay if you want to activate your Windows copy?
No.

Big Muscle said,

Do you have to pay if you want to buy a new car? Do you have to pay if you want to activate your Windows copy? etc... ;-)

I have yet to see anyone selling me a new car try to call my payment for goods a "donation".

Does that tactic actually result in more sales? Not being honest and up front that your software is feature limited shareware until you purchase a license? Kind of like $3.99 makes people think something is a lot cheaper than $4.00.. psyops.

If the only way to remove the watermark is to pay money, then it is payment for goods - software. You can continue to call it a donation to feel less obligated about providing support to customers / I mean donators but it is still not a donation.

Be honest and just say Aero Glass is shareware and licensed users must pay - not donate -- money to unlock the full version.

THAT is what a lot of people seem to object to - not the actual charging money - but charging money under the guise that its a donation.

DeusProto: I agree with you that people might not like the term "donation". But I already explained many times why it is rather donation than a regular payment.

The main reason is that this application has been developed for private purposes (=the reason of copyright notice in public version) and it contains many internal undocumented things which can be harmful to your computer and it can also easily happen that the application stops working from day to day and I don't guarantee any fixes for any breakdown. Also, before donation, user is warned that he donates to support the development and it is not guaranteed that he even gets anything for it and he is discouraged from donation if he does not agree with it. It is only my form of "thank you" that some users will get a key to private version. Yeah, people might not like it, but again, this is my personal/private software only and any complaint is the same as complaining to Microsoft that he does not give you access to their private builds.

This is also the reason why I'm remaking the website, because it should be more clear to users that it is not regular payment as for regular commercial software with full-time support.