Easter Egg enables Aero Lite Glass in Windows 8 DP & Beta

A small Easter Egg has been recently discovered in the Windows 8 Developer Preview & Windows 8 Beta, turning the transparency back up in the new Aero Lite user interface of the upcoming operating system. Aero Lite is expected to be the alternative Windows theme for users with low-end hardware specs, meaning a lot of the flash is turned down or off when Aero Lite is enabled.


Aero Lite Basic.


Aero Lite Glass.

The Easter Egg, discovered by WinUnleaked.tk, is simple and can be tested by anyone with the dev preview. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Enable Aero Lite (Windows Basic)
  2. Navigate to \windows\system32\
  3. Launch WindowsAnytimeUpgradeResults.exe

That's it! Enjoy Aero Lite Glass.

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Way to thread-jack, Metro/Immersive UI haters. Back to the topic - I've successfully hatched the Egg, and it's pretty darn easy.

1. Switch to Windows Basic (the real name for Aero Lite) in the WDP.
2. Navigate (in Windows Explorer) to the \Windows\System32 folder
3. Double-click WindowsAnytimeUpgradeResults.exe

The Egg hatches.

Julius - if you are used to the full-on Aero, even Aero Lite Glass will seem like a step backward. I heard a lot of the same comments about the Windows XP Luna UI - "the Fisher Price UI", etc. Besides, isn't dressing up a boring UI the business that third parties (specifically Stardock) are in?

Lastly, to all the folks picking nits about the UI being unfinished - of COURSE it's unfinished, people; the WDP is a *late alpha*, but still an alpha. At this point, there is naturally tons of UI work that hasn't been finished yet (ask any desktop-environment development team). Comparing a UI still in development (which Metro/Immersive is) to an established solid UI (which the original Aero UI is) is comparing apples to oranges. That is why Metro/Immersive was locked down in older builds - perversely, it's why it's unlocked in the WDP.

mesonto said,
Needs tabs!!!! MS are you listening? File explorer needs tabs!!!

If it was a horrid Linux Window Manager or OS X that doesn't have the 'Tabbed' Taskbar readily available, then I would agree with you.

What the hell do people think the Taskbar that has been in Windows since 1995 is?

Let me share a secret, the tasbar, is nothing more than TABS. It was always a Tab UI metaphor and still is, why you need 'additional' tabs in an Application or Explorer itself is F...in Insane.

Microsoft avoiding adding TABs to IE, because the Taskbar ALREADY provided this functionality with multiple IE Windows Open. They couldn't understand why people didn't get this, tried to explain it, and caved just to say they have the feature in IE today.

Wow, this stuff is scary that people don't look at the bottom of the screen and realize the taskbar is Tabs.

As for Tabs becoming popular in browsers, they were a HIT in OSes that didn't have the tab metaphor taskbar like OS X, and some Linux Window Managers. Then somehow this perversion ended up Browser builds for Windows, and people forgot about the freaking taskbar that had been giving them that functionality for over 10 years.

The Taskbar is why the MDI was abandoned, and now people are wanting Tabs in everything, which is a variation of the original MDI metaphor.

For this Tab insanity, Microsoft had to code around IE specifically so that the Taskbar would 'preview' all the open tabs in IE, and if they would have left it out of IE, it would be far cleaner today, and less hassle for end users.

Here's how to respond to your own post, thenetavenger:

thenetavenger said,

^This is ignorance x2...

Fear change, don't learn the faster interaction concepts.

*Proud of their ignorance and determined to keep it.*

daniel_rh said,
Well, it's a beta right? Not the final look, I hope so

O.o

Actually it's not even a BETA. It's just a developer preview targeted to software developers to adapt their apps for the new metro interface... yada yada yada

based on the screenshots its just too hard not to hate. those scroll bars literally look like taken out of windows 3.1. i actually think apple did a good job in hiding them in osx lion, even if its less intuitive.

there's 3 scroll bars there, with inconsistent sizes. it all looks too invasive, for the one app (aside from a web browser) that should show the less possible clutter so that you can focus on your messy files and folders.

You know that this article/screenshot is about areo LITE and that it is most probably it won't be the final version or replaced by a completely different version for the beta/final release that probably will fit very well to metro?!?!?!? But complaining about non-public/not finally implemented features is so much more fun...

I wonder if Microsoft take notice of all the UI complaints from the Desktop users. Or if they'll just ignore them and expect the haters to get used to it.

SPARTdAN said,
I wonder if Microsoft take notice of all the UI complaints from the Desktop users. Or if they'll just ignore them and expect the haters to get used to it.

Seems that they've been responding to many of the complaints on the Windows Blog (Which has all been fairly heavily reported here...). Unfortunately, they have to weed through a lot of people that don't have constructive criticism and instead just don't like change...

SPARTdAN said,
I wonder if Microsoft take notice of all the UI complaints from the Desktop users. Or if they'll just ignore them and expect the haters to get used to it.

They'll just ignore desktop users completely since they have hoards of fanboys who will preach the MS gosple regardless of the valid complaints from desktop users.

SPARTdAN said,
I wonder if Microsoft take notice of all the UI complaints from the Desktop users. Or if they'll just ignore them and expect the haters to get used to it.

Like the ones that hated Windows 95's change, or like the ones that hated XP's changes, or like the ones that hated Vista's changes or the ones that hated Window s7 changes?

Or maybe like the people that complained about the Ribbon in Office that has proven to be far more efficient for less skilled users and exceeding more efficient for skilled users?

Microsoft could do a better job of explaining in simplistic terms for the goofs how and why it works better, and the features it brings that never existed before in OS UI models.

However, maybe if you spent less time complaining on Neowin and actually checked out the MSDN Channel 9 and other sources of where they do try to explain this, you might find yourself welcoming the changes.

In the end, if you hate Metro, turn it off, is that so hard for you to get? Then you will have Windows 7 with a bit flatter corners on the Window Frames as the 'major' change you HAVE to live with...

Geesh..

Microsoft manage to incorporate metro style backward/forward button with aero style icons with Win95 era ui elements is amazing.

Midnight Mick said,
The UI is one giant leap BACKWARDS!

metro ui is pretty crud. The bbc website uses metro ui of sorts and now its slower and counter productive and actually shows less news. Very much akin to windows mobile 7!!

Midnight Mick said,
The UI is one giant leap BACKWARDS!

Well isn't it great then that the majority of us won't be using Aero lite, we'll be using the full aero.

krustylicious said,

metro ui is pretty crud. The bbc website uses metro ui of sorts and now its slower and counter productive and actually shows less news. Very much akin to windows mobile 7!!

I dunno, seems to me that the live tiles in Windows PHONE 7 shows a heck of a lot more information than a grid of icons, but what do I know?

XP's Windows Explorer was worlds better, actually customizable and did not take up too much space or too small to be difficult. It also didn't require as much clicking. This isn't a guessing game, the destruction of the GUI is intentional.

JAB Creations said,
XP's Windows Explorer was worlds better, actually customizable and did not take up too much space or too small to be difficult. It also didn't require as much clicking. This isn't a guessing game, the destruction of the GUI is intentional.

^This.

JAB Creations said,
XP's Windows Explorer was worlds better, actually customizable and did not take up too much space or too small to be difficult. It also didn't require as much clicking. This isn't a guessing game, the destruction of the GUI is intentional.

Expert users can turn off the explorer ribbon. It's designed for new or amateur users to learn what they can do with explorer.

justmike said,
It's just bad. Almost looks like Windows 2.0. Not just backwards, but way back.

Impossible. Even for an "almost". Windows 2 didn't have transparency. Or half the crap in that picture for that matter.

krustylicious said,

metro ui is pretty crud. The bbc website uses metro ui of sorts and now its slower and counter productive and actually shows less news. Very much akin to windows mobile 7!!


There is no such thing as Windows Mobile 7. Windows Mobile died with version 6.5

James Riske said,

^This.

^This is ignorance x2...

Fear change, don't learn the faster interaction concepts.

*Proud of their ignorance and determined to keep it.*

I can still remember people wanting Explorer in Windows 2K and XP to work more like Win3.1's File Manager because it was faster and more customizeable, etc etc..

If you actually take a moment to learn the paradigm shift in concepts, the new Explorer in Vista and Windows 7 is several times faster for a true power user. Just learning how to effectively use the search syntax can save hours that Windows XP just did not have.

I am so tired of the 'old crap and old thinking' is better...

excalpius said,

Expert users can turn off the explorer ribbon. It's designed for new or amateur users to learn what they can do with explorer.

Actually, it's designed for people using touch screens, tablets etc.

I really hope they'll use the Office 2010 ribbon (or the Office vNext one) instead of the ugly Win7 ribbon which doesn't blend with the window.

Aethec said,
I really hope they'll use the Office 2010 ribbon (or the Office vNext one) instead of the ugly Win7 ribbon which doesn't blend with the window.

I too hope they do it... The Office ribbon is cool...