If you have been using Windows 8 you might have known, Microsoft has removed Aero Glass from Windows 8, though you can still see some transparency in the taskbar, other than that, the eye candy that was first introduced in Windows Vista and much improved in Windows 7 has been permanently removed from Windows 8 and Microsoft doesn’t have any plans to bring it back. Windows 8 sports a much flatter theme than it predecessors, and the look and feel is much closely related to the “Metro” (Modern) interface introduced in Windows 8.
If the rumors are to be believed, Windows Blue (Windows 8.5 8.1), an update to Windows 8, will feature a much more flatter theme and a strong integration on Modern interface with the desktop and the left over transparency in the taskbar will also be removed. (Well, these are just rumors!)
There is some good news for people with Windows 8, a program named “Aero Glass for Win8” created by “bigmuscle” at MSFN forums, has successfully recreated the aero glass effect in Windows 8.
Aero Glass for Windows 8
The program is still in its beta stages and has many bugs. Many have encountered a black screen (including me) while trying to run this program, but changing the registry values used by the program does help to overcome this error.
If you need more information on how to use this program, please leave an comment.
Note: Use this program at your own risk. Since this program is still in its experimental stages, it is strongly advised to test it in virtual environment before using it on your primary Operating System.
Update: (23/03/13) A new version is available, get it from here.
Update: (13/04/13) A new version is available, get it from my storage or here. The performance and the stability has been increased and the black screen problem has been resolved. The new version has been termed as the first beta or beta 1, by the program author.
If you are interested it in trying, I’ll advise you to use it with AGTweaker, made by “ORelio”, from the same forums, MSFN.
AGTweaker makes it easier to customize the settings of “Aero Glass for Win8″.
If you have problems installing “Aero Glass for Win8″ by bigmuscle, Please watch the short video I made for the walkthrough.
The program author, bigmuscle has created an official page for “Aero Glass for Win8″. Visit glass8.berlios.de
Update(30/08/13): The final version (v1.0) is here, it has been released for the general public. The final version comes with an installer for setting up “Aero Glass for Win8″ easily on your system.
This version is free, but you’ll get a message box on every log-in to donate towards the development of future versions of this application. If you want to remove this message box, you’ll need to donate to the author of this application. A minimum of 3€ is the required donation for 2 licenses. If you have already donated towards the development of this application you can get your license from here.