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Aero Glass/Transparent window borders in Windows 8?

How do I get the transparency Aero theme in Windows 8 like as in Windows 7? My graphics card driver is up to date but I dont see any "Aero" theme when I go to the Personalize menu.

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marked as duplicate by Karan, Hennes, MaQleod, Synetech, 8088 Oct 29 '12 at 2:10

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Your question and tags are unclear. Do you want to enable transparency in Windows 7 or in Windows 8? Please consider editing your question and tags to make it clearer. – Richard Oct 28 '12 at 16:49
You can enable an alternate Aero implementation provided by Microsoft in the Windows 8 release called AeroLite, but it does not bring back the old Aero Glass. – amiregelz Oct 28 '12 at 16:52
Is it the RTM or final realease? – avirk Oct 28 '12 at 16:59
Its what the average joe can buy in stores now. – Charles Oct 28 '12 at 17:01
@PeterO. in comments if you want to format the link then type like this [link description](link) and you will get only the link description with link :) – avirk Oct 28 '12 at 18:10

Aero has been removed in Windows 8. Microsoft states it is because transparency is no longer cool and Metro is all about simple shapes and clear colours. But I guess the decision was made to not have a shader running all the time just for that bit of transparency effect as it tends to drain the battery faster.

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It was removed because of battery issues. – keyoh Oct 28 '12 at 18:07
I know (and something got lost in the rewrite, sorry), but that's not what MS's marketing told us :P – Joey Oct 28 '12 at 18:08
@Joey "but that's not what MS's marketing told us" they are all liars in Marketing, you did not know this? :-) – Moab Oct 28 '12 at 22:15
I did, hence the last sentence. – Joey Oct 28 '12 at 22:40

Use Aero8Tuner. It lets you get transparency but it is not so usable.


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Is this like the Aero of Windows 7? – pratnala Oct 28 '12 at 16:57
I don't see any transparency there (only horrible JPEG artifacts) – Joey Oct 28 '12 at 16:58
Not so much. But it lets you get transparency. – Elmo Oct 28 '12 at 16:58

However MS removed the feature of Aero in Windows 8 but you can still enable it by tweak in Windows 8 RTM. Before we proceed

Note: Please create a restore point or a backup of registry in any kind of buggy situation.

Press the Win+R and type


now navigate to the following key path


Now select the key ColorizationGlassAttribute and double click on it. Now change the value from 1 to 2. Close the registry editor.

Now open the task manager and under Processes tab find the Windows Processes and select the Desktop Windows Manger and click on End Task.

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Now a popup dialog will appear then mark the option Abandon unsaved data and shut down and click OK.

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Congrats you have aero effect on your system now. But carefully it is buggy ao use it at your own risk.

Source is this YouTube video

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So it works only in Win8 RTM, but not in other Win 8 versions? – That Brazilian Guy Apr 17 at 23:25

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