Windows 8 Aero auto-colourization

In the midst of the latest Windows 8 welcome screen and ribbon UI interface leaks comes the next change to Windows 8 functionality, auto-colourization to the personalization options. Both Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott have been releasing secrets about the next major operating system, and today brings us one more secret, Aero auto-colourization.

This new feature, which can be found when users right click their desktop and go to personalization, allows Windows 8 to detect the colour of the wallpaper and decide what colour the taskbar, start menu and explorer aero glass colours should be.

This smart feature may be a small feature, but for users who constantly want a rotating desktop and different style aero UI to match, this will become a very useful addition. Note from the image the new colour wheel, where a previous brown shade colour has been removed to make way for this latest addition.

Image credit: Winsupersite.com

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Ughhhhh, so I guess this means Aero is going to be sticking around for a few more years? I honestly prefer XP's "Fisher-Price" UI to this tiresome gimmick. Mixed opacity windows look terriblé, I am not impressed. >:{
Please inject some more Metro into 8, MS.

Would be nicer if Microsoft built the shell in a markup language like XUL/XAML, so a feature like this could easily be plugged in as an extension. Its a nice feature, but a bit silly we have to wait for a mega-release to get a feature like this when independent devs could code it in an evening given the right framework.

Wow that's such a simple but brilliant improvement. I often get bored of the same window color. Wish I could also get DreamScene back.

I've always wondered why 7 didn't have this option. Definitely a great option for those who have slideshows like me.

somethingelse said,
I can't see the expander for the colour mixer?

It probably only shows when you choose one of the colours, rather than the auto colourization.

I would love to see an option to have a tinted (not necessarily opaque) maximized title bar/taskbar; a median point between the opaqueness of Vista, and the translucency of 7.

hahahaha really? MS, please, stop touching interface, redirect your enffort to better ntfs (less frag), run windows on external drive.

Simple things like Mac Os does.

TIGOS said,
hahahaha really? MS, please, stop touching interface, redirect your enffort to better ntfs (less frag), run windows on external drive. Simple things like Mac Os does.

Less frag? Windows Vista / 7 automatically defragment the hardrive in the background without you even knowing.

So sure while the fragmentation technically still exists, it is nowhere near as bad as XP.

TIGOS said,
hahahaha really? MS, please, stop touching interface, redirect your enffort to better ntfs (less frag), run windows on external drive.

Simple things like Mac Os does.

USER: I wish Windows was more like MacOS!
*Microsoft adds feature*
USER: WTFOMGBBQWTH!!!!111!!!1!!1! They're copying Apple! Can't Microsoft do anything original!!111!!!!!??/????

Frylock86 said,

USER: I wish Windows was more like MacOS!
*Microsoft adds feature*
USER: WTFOMGBBQWTH!!!!111!!!1!!1! They're copying Apple! Can't Microsoft do anything original!!111!!!!!??/????

Windows wish they were like Mac OSX. If they want to be more like Mac, they need to ditch the underlying garbage and switch to a BSD like system. Hell, I don't no problems transiting stuff between both OS X and Linux. I don't care about how they have no market or any other BS you fanbois like to claim.

Just saying, Windows programming is already annoying and painful. Headers and libraries thrown everywhere and can be everywhere (harder to find), in *nix it's all in one place, compiled libraries are in their own place from the headers, all application executables in one place. Right now you have you have too many folders that are just really not organised, nor could you put your user directory on another partition or anything and keep it across installations if you need to or anything.

I'm just saying, Micrsoft doesn't really make it useful for anything other than just painful for people. Until Microsoft can fix this and make it much easier for me the way I like, like how Linux/Mac have desktop sessions when you reboot, Virtual Desktop (I heard finally will be in 8 (about effin time)), have multiple monitor people have separate wallpaper for each screen, task bar for each screen which will only have the apps in the task bar for that screen.

It's just Microsoft could have all these things but they don't try. Instead they don't give us none of that stuff, nor do they allow us to have custom themes without doing some hackery crap, and if we do find the way to get it, it seems we have to pay for every decent feature from 3rd party because Microsoft doesn't seem to get the point across. Except adding stupid butt ugly Ribbon crap everywhere like it's some massive feature they made (which if you google they didn't create).

It's features like that they give us while we miss out on stuff we really care about having. That's the reason I don't use Windows because I can actually get it in Linux (my man system). This isn't no trolling nor MS hate, really just a complaining rant.

Hell at times I wish I could hear Microsoft say "Submit a patch and we review it", etc.

I don't care about how they have no market or any other BS you fanbois like to claim.
Linux having under 1% marketshare on desktop is BS?

Headers and libraries thrown everywhere and can be everywhere (harder to find), in *nix it's all in one place, compiled libraries are in their own place from the headers, all application executables in one place.

What? Unless I'm massively confused VS has all the headers and libraries in one folder for the language you want to code. If you go install other things (like say DirectX) then you just point the include directory to it. Oh god so difficult

ZekeComa said,
nor could you put your user directory on another partition or anything and keep it across installations if you need to or anything.

Um why would you want to do that? You can copy the my documents, music etc etc documents all over to your external and just paste them in (you can also move those directories).

I do not see why you would want to move the entire user directory but hey.

It's just Microsoft could have all these things but they don't try. Instead they don't give us none of that stuff, nor do they allow us to have custom themes without doing some hackery crap, and if we do find the way to get it, it seems we have to pay for every decent feature from 3rd party because Microsoft doesn't seem to get the point across.
UXtheme patcher is paid for? Wat?

Except adding stupid butt ugly Ribbon crap everywhere like it's some massive feature they made (which if you google they didn't create).
I don't think the ribbon is butt ugly, but hey opinions differ. And please do tell me who created it?

/- Razorfold said,
Linux having under 1% marketshare on desktop is BS?

I said I don't care about your crappy marketshare BS excuses. Learn to READ. Too hard for you? It means don't reply to IT.

What? Unless I'm massively confused VS has all the headers and libraries in one folder for the language you want to code. If you go install other things (like say DirectX) then you just point the include directory to it. Oh god so difficult

Well first of all I don't use Visual Studio's include directories as I don't make only Visual Studio projects and have to use CMake which pretty much means I have to make a ton of custom build stuff because Microsoft doesn't do it by default like they obviously do. I guess you miss that point, and also, I don't really use a dumb IDE to build everything for me, since I know how to use command line tool. Which Microsoft fails to make it ever any useful for people who like to use one, because there are many things a GUI can't DO. I'm not a Shell freak, I still like GUI for a lot of things, but like I just describe is another reason I don't use GUI for everything.

Um why would you want to do that? You can copy the my documents, music etc etc documents all over to your external and just paste them in (you can also move those directories).

I do not see why you would want to move the entire user directory but hey.

While you are partially correct. But seeing as I don't have time to play games of moving here and there every tom, dick and harry because someone like Microsoft is incapable of doing like their phone updates. I wouldn't have to keep wasting time when I install it every 30 days. Maybe because I like it that way instead of wasting time moving files and maybe for extra security like Viruses, Trojans which Windows is plagued to hell and back with?

UXtheme patcher is paid for? Wat?

True, but that doesn't mean everything else that you customise the desktop for is free. Which should be pretty much available out the box. Not requiring hackers to actually have to crack files to do it. You have to jump through a bunch of garbage crap to switch Notepad to Notepad2 for example.

I don't think the ribbon is butt ugly, but hey opinions differ. And please do tell me who created it?

More power to you. Because I find it a waste of space, less usable, breaks many ui guidelines, too much mouse movement, fat, eyesore, shall I continue?

Like I said Google http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribbon_(computing)

Edited by ZekeComa, Apr 7 2011, 5:25am :

I said I don't care about your crappy marketshare BS excuses. Learn to READ. Too hard for you? It means don't reply to IT.

Well it would only be bull**** if it were factually incorrect, which it isn't.

While you are partially correct. But seeing as I don't have time to play games of moving here and there every tom, dick and harry because someone like Microsoft is incapable of doing like their phone updates. I wouldn't have to keep wasting time when I install it every 30 days. Maybe because I like it that way instead of wasting time moving files and maybe for extra security like Viruses, Trojans which Windows is plagued to hell and back with?
Ah nice trolling there. Reinstalling Windows every 30 days? What kindoff sites do you visit huh? I've had Windows 7 installed since it first RTMed on my old laptop and I haven't reinstalled it once. 0 Viruses, 0 Trojans, 0 Rootkits. Maybe you need to use some common sense from time to time.

And also I have pretty much my entire user directory (apart from AppData and you can move that too) on my second hardrive so if I reinstall Windows or buy a new computer, I don't need to copy my documents, music, video etc. And all it takes is a right click -> properties -> location.

True, but that doesn't mean everything else that you customise the desktop for is free. Which should be pretty much available out the box. Not requiring hackers to actually have to crack files to do it. You have to jump through a bunch of garbage crap to switch Notepad to Notepad2 for example.
You mean click default programs -> and replace what notepad opens? Or just copy and paste the notepad2 exe into the windows directory?

Yeh so effing difficult.

More power to you. Because I find it a waste of space, less usable, breaks many ui guidelines, too much mouse movement, fat, eyesore, shall I continue?
Eyesore compared to what? Open Office that looks like it came out of the 90s?
Too much mouse movements? Learn some shortcuts.
Fat? You do realize you can autohide it right?


Cool so they didn't make it first. At least they made it usable and popular.

ZekeComa said,

I said I don't care about
.
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ten pages of "no care" BS
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.

You just prove Linus right. (As Linus always said, "Microsoft hatred is a disease")

RealFduch said,

You just prove Linus right. (As Linus always said, "Microsoft hatred is a disease")

And Windows fanboism is a disease. Can't smell their own **** on their knees.

Microsoft adds new optional feature: "Useless! Bloat! Pointless!"
Microsoft removes optional feature: "That was critical! They're dumbing it down! Fascists!"

Relativity_17 said,
Microsoft adds new optional feature: "Useless! Bloat! Pointless!"
Microsoft removes optional feature: "That was critical! They're dumbing it down! Fascists!"

Indeed, this is exactly what I saw when they removed the ancient classic start menu.

omnicoder said,
Indeed, this is exactly what I saw when they removed the ancient classic start menu.

That is true, but the XP (And Win7, to a degree) start menus are horrible. A lot of people I know are displeased with it still. I must agree - it's too shiny.

omnicoder said,

Indeed, this is exactly what I saw when they removed the ancient classic start menu.

How about the removal of 1394 networking? That was actually very useful for people who had both Windows and Mac machines.
Not to mention the laundry list of other things that were removed with Vista and 7.

Tpiom said,
A lot of people I know are displeased with it still. I must agree - it's too shiny.

Black: It's the new shiny.

Relativity_17 said,
Microsoft adds new optional feature: "Useless! Bloat! Pointless!"
Microsoft removes optional feature: "That was critical! They're dumbing it down! Fascists!"
This may be, but how many people are actually part of both of your scenarios. Logically, each scenario would contain an entirely separate group of people rendering your scenario less contradictory than it might seem at first glance.

Wait...this is dumb. The taskbar is already transparent. So no matter what colour your wallpaper is, the glass can always see thorugh and low the color to fade in and it matches.

This is pointless. Change just for sake of change.

TechieXP said,
Wait...this is dumb. The taskbar is already transparent. So no matter what colour your wallpaper is, the glass can always see thorugh and low the color to fade in and it matches.

This is pointless. Change just for sake of change.


Not quite. This will work the same way the highlight on taskbar items works: It finds the primary color and uses that. This gives more of a solid color rather than showing a blurred version of the image underneath.

TechieXP said,
This is pointless. Change just for sake of change.

I was going to say just what gigapixels said. But how exactly is adding an extra option "pointless". You can still have it the way it is now.

TechieXP said,
Wait...this is dumb. The taskbar is already transparent. So no matter what colour your wallpaper is, the glass can always see thorugh and low the color to fade in and it matches.

This is pointless. Change just for sake of change.


It's especially useful if you use the slideshows and all of the pictures have completely different colours.

I don't really understand those people who set Aero color to some vivid colors. Whatever, it steals my focus from the actual content of the window. I like it maximally glassy, transparent.

And all this constant W8 hype building with possible features, "leaks" and whatnot crap... let's just hope it won't totally fall flat. Which is what I currently expect.

cralias said,
I don't really understand those people who set Aero color to some vivid colors. Whatever, it steals my focus from the actual content of the window. I like it maximally glassy, transparent.

And all this constant W8 hype building with possible features, "leaks" and whatnot crap... let's just hope it won't totally fall flat. Which is what I currently expect.


This hype is a lot tamer than the Windows Longhorn days. Not much new, and what is new clearly looks unfinished. I'm actually expecting to be pleasantly surprised.

cralias said,
I don't really understand those people who set Aero color to some vivid colors. Whatever, it steals my focus from the actual content of the window. I like it maximally glassy, transparent.

"Transparent" approach doesn't work very well either, from my personal experience you're the best off using 100% opaque windows, with some not necessarily vivid color (I use grey).

I think how flat it falls depends on how much is really being changed. Vista fell because they overhauled nearly everything from the interface, to the driver and security model, and dumped it on the world nearly all at once. If they just keep doing incremental changes and optimizations and provide a realistic upgrade path from Windows 7, it could be quite successful.

Besides, it works for Apple.

meh, just allow solid black colour taskbar instead of glassy black, same with WLM 2011. The default blue colour in win7 is horrible.