AeroRainbow is the software what changes color of Aero windows in random order or by predefinied list of colors. It was designed for Windows 7 and adds more fun to your desktop. Since version 2.7 you can use AeroRainbow with Windows 8.

AeroRainbow 2.7 is available. Please update!

Change log:
  • v2.7:
    • Fixed bug: AeroRainbow locks your wallpaper and you were unable to change it.
    • "Native" version for Windows 8
    • Installer was removed - now it is true portable software.
    • Rebranding. Now AeroRainbow is official part of Winaero.
    • New version notifications aka "check for update".

  • v2.6:
    • bug fixed in color calculation in "window as color source" mode.
    • bug fixed: possible freeze when switched from "random color" mode to "wallpaper as color source".
    • now possible to use active window icon as color source for Aero.
    • two methods of color calculation now available: dominate color and average color.

  • v2.5: Possibility to use wallpaper or active window's color as color for Aero.
  • v2.0: the tray icon option was added as well as colors list additionally to random colors. Notify window is also available.

When the tray icon is disabled, then сore engine of AeroRainbow will be invisible, i.e. no UI showing during work. In that case user can access settings using "AeroRainbow Settings" shortcut. If tray icon is visible, it has handy context menu.

Left click on tray icon will show current and next colors of AeroRainbow.

"Next" color is clickable and will be changed according to rules of color change (see description below).

There are several options available in configuration window.

These options are following:
  • Rules for colors
    Always random color tells AeroRainbow generate and use random color for Aero Glass.

    Use the colors list option allows you to add your favorite colors to list, and AeroRainbow will use them for Aero Glass.

    Speed - adjusts the speed of color change in "Always random color" and "Use the colors list" modes. Left value means fastest mode.

    Use wallpaper as color source mode tells AeroRainbow to use wallpaper as color source for Aero Glass. Windows will be colored close to the color of wallpaper.

    Use active window as color source - windows will be colored close to the color of current active window.

    Use only icon color checkbox allows to use active window icon as color source for Aero instead of window itself.

    Color calculation mode options allow to define which color of wallpaper, active window or active window icon have to be used as Aero color. It can be main color of color source (Dominate color option) or average color.

  • Use tray icon - self explained.

  • Check for updates - self explained.

Thats all. Note what AeroRainbow is portable application. Installer is used only to create shortcuts.No installer required.

Something you have to know about AeroRainbow

  • Installation
    You have to place AeroRainbow to writable location. It will create and use AeroRainbow.ini file to store your preferences.
    No registry or other files will be used. Since version 2.7 I decide to remove the installer in the name of portability.

  • Builds
    Since 2.7 you get two compiled binaries. First one acts as Windows 7 "native" application (no additions required, e.g. .NET Framework).
    Second one acts as Windows 8 "native" software, for same reason. They have same codebase, just compiled with different versions of .NET.

  • Command line and tricks
    There are two command line switches available:
    aerorainbow /close - closes currently running instance of Aerorainbow. Useful when you have disabled the tray icon in preferences.
    aerorainbow /config - opens settings window. Also useful without tray icon.

    Additionaly you can force Aerorainbow to use Russian language for UI.
    Add the following lines to your AeroRainbow.ini file:


    If your prefer to use English, then add

  • AeroRainbow and Windows 8
    Although Windows 8 has built-in feature to autocolorize the Aero windows, with AeroRainbow you can get even more! You can control colors change in advanced ways and use the color of active window as Aero color source, use main/average color or define your own color list. So, AeroRainbow is more poweful tool than built-in Windows 8 feature.

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Anonymous | 23 Jul 11

gostei e muito bonito ve a cor do arcoiris no seu compputador

Sergey | 23 Jul 11
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Glad to know it

Jack | 23 Jul 11

Thank you bro!

April | 28 Jul 11

Awesome! :D My main pc looks so cool and colourful now! :D Hehe, been telling my friends all about this site and I've got it saved in my favourites.

Looking forward for more cool stuff from you
Thankkkkkk you :D :D :D

Sergey | 28 Jul 11
Comments: 476

You are welcome.
I will improve it soon.

chris | 27 Aug 11

I can only seem to download v1. Is there a link I'm missing to d/l v2.5 ?

Sergey | 28 Aug 11
Comments: 476

On this page you can always download latest version

theshaggyman | 03 Sep 11

thank you very much indeed

works superbly with wallpaper color and wallpaper cycling

webtester | 03 Sep 11

yes, it work like a charm

Anonymous | 20 Oct 11

没有看到下载的地方。I din't find how to download it?

Sergey | 21 Oct 11
Comments: 476

Click here:
Then click Download image.

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Anonymous | 31 Jan 12

it works so gooooood, i really like thissssss......


haha | 20 Feb 12

doest this thing work on windos 7 system which do not support themes

Sergey | 22 Feb 12
Comments: 476

Yes it works

Is there a bug? | 30 Apr 12

I have a lot of backgrounds in rotation, and sometimes for no apparent reason, sets the current background as only one background, and since I use the background to determine the color, the color also stops changing.

It takes me some time before I realize it. So I go to personalize, and I see Current Theme (unsaved) with just one background, and next I have my own theme. When I click that, everything is fine. This reoccurs every now and then. Sometimes after 2 days, sometimes it takes over a week before it goes stuck again.

All backgrounds are stored locally, and I have no problem if I disable AeroRainbow.

Running Win7 x64 ultimate, on a really fancy system (SSD, 12 gb ram and more)

Re: Is there a bug? | 30 Apr 12

forgot to add: Using version

Sergey | 01 May 12
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It seems to be a bug. Thanks for reporting, i'll fix it

Sergey | 04 May 12
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Anonymous | 18 Jun 12

Can you make it change the color of the window as well? Just like win8

Sergey | 19 Jun 12
Comments: 476

But it is already inplemented.
AeroRainbow changes color whole aero.

GraveDigger | 06 Jul 12

Have tried version 2.7 on my desktop and laptop systems running Windows 7 64-bit - the previous version (2.6) appears to work much better as I've found that the program fails to start consistently after the initial install. I've uninstalled the program from my system, deleted the configuration information and still have the same issues.

Sergey | 06 Jul 12
Comments: 476

Looks like you tried 2.7 version from Windows 8 folder.
Use another exe file.

haziq | 14 Jul 12

is this software run in start up? i have run this software in startup but everytime iam open my computer my aero color is change not like color b4 iam off the computer. really like this software but if it can run in start up it will really great..

Sergey | 14 Jul 12
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You can place shortcut file to AeroRainbow in "startup" folder in Windows start menu.
Fastest way to create the shortcut:
1. Press Win+R on keyboard.
2. Type shell:Startup in Run dialog box.
3. You will see Explorer's window opened with startup folder.
4. Open folders contained aerorainbow.exe file.
5. Press and hold ALT button on keyboard and drag aerorainbow.exe to startup folder.
You will get shortcut file in startup folder and you will get AeroRainbow runned every time you start your PC.

haziq | 15 Jul 12

i have doing it, and the result is still the same, what i wanna tell u is..i use the aerorainbow and my theme is green according to my wallpaper and after i restart my computer,my theme color is back to normal and not green,the aerorainbow is run on startup but it not save the theme color after i restat my computer,iam runnig windows 7.i hope u get what i meant..thanks

Max | 25 Jul 12

Happy Bulldozer, I did make a tut for your program, and I'm going to post it on youtube. If you want it here then please contact me: Admin [at] Maxsterful [dot] info

kedie92 | 09 Aug 12

Is it possible to use this tool in Windows Vista, too?

Sergey | 09 Aug 12
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No, because Vista has different API

elrond_bs | 28 Sep 12

My problem is the same as haziq. The program doesn't set the color on startup, but only after wallpaper change. Which is even bigger problem with only 1 wallpaper.

I have v2.7 with "Use wallpaper as source" and "Average color" in Settings, I load the program at Windows 7 startup. The first wallpaper after boot is not affected and the color is the old one, set before using AeroRainbow.

Besides that, it is a great app, very useful. Thanks.

Amir4317 | 04 Nov 12

How can I translate AeroRainbow to Persian!quest

Sergey | 04 Nov 12
Comments: 476

I will add open translation resources to all of my software soon. Stay tuned

Manuel | 06 Nov 12

nice app

Sergey | 06 Nov 12
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Realcool | 01 Jan 13

It works and runs very smoothly, I have only one but. If I select the option "use wallpaper as color source", only changes the windows color if I change the wallpaper, and also it should do the change when starts.
Thanks for sharing. Happy new year.

Sergey | 01 Jan 13
Comments: 476

ah, you are right.
I will update the app

chlsk | 11 Jan 13

Great program! Thank you!

chlsk | 11 Jan 13

I found just a little "bug". When I set the program to "use wallpaper as color source - Dominate color" when the wallpaper color is grey (black and white) the color of borders, start menu and other things is not grey, sometimes is blue, green... That is nothing but just to know it for future update (sorry for my bad English) And thank you again for the this nice site!

1 | 11 Jan 13

Also when the color of wallpaper is yellow the aero color doesn't change to yellow

Sergey | 11 Jan 13
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where I can get your wallpaper?

Anonymous | 11 Jan 13

Thats happend with every yellow wallpaper that I try. The AeroRainbow is set to Dominate color

Anonymous | 11 Jan 13

I dont know why but it cant be post a link to some of wallpaper that i tried. When i try its show this Your comment cannot be posted

Anonymous | 08 Feb 13

Yes, unfortunately when the app is set to "use wallpaper as color source - Dominate color" it's can display these aero colors - blue, green, red/brown, black. Can't display pink, white, violet, yellow, orange... You can check with solid color wallpapers made with Paint

Motanbigcat | 19 Feb 13

Cool app for Win 8, thank you..

ds84182 | 10 Mar 13

I found a small bug. When using "Use active window as Color Source", the colors only update when you first focus the window, so Tabbed browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox do not update their window colors unless you unfocus and refocus.

Anonymous | 17 Mar 13

can it rainbow the non-aero themes as well?

Stan | 27 Apr 13

i removed the tick and no i want to go on to settings to show the icon on the tray ho can i get it back on

Moss72 | 25 May 13

Sweet Programs you create !!! You are truly a Genius My Friend....

tanish | 30 Sep 13

how to run it on startup

Sergey | 01 Oct 13
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Place shortuct on aerorainbow into your startup folder
To open it quickly, press win+r on the keyboard, type

and press enter
the startup folder will appear.
place shortcut here.

Ryder | 13 Jan 14

Could this app be updated to be more compatible for Windows 8.1 with Aero Glass by BigMuscle? It changes the color fine but it uses the 255 value for each color making it completely opaque and not allowing any blur.

I'd love to use this but keep the blur.

CreiX | 19 Jan 14

Since today, it won´t start propper:

Ash | 19 Jan 14

After using the program successfully for a while all of a sudden an information message comes up but it's all code and I can't get rid of it. It still works but I just have a huge list of coding that I can get rid of. One last thing it would be nice for this program to run on startup, I have it in my startup folder but an empty notepad document always appears as well. but, overall love the program

Sergey | 19 Jan 14
Comments: 476

Fixed, Fixed

Ash | 20 Jan 14

Everything is all good! Probably should of restarted my computer before writing that.

chris | 20 Mar 14

is it possible to use this with winareo color sync, i tried to but it just makes my charms bar "info" unreadable to windows and gives me an error code

UnclWish | 21 Jul 14

How about question by Ryder:
"Could this app be updated to be more compatible for Windows 8.1 with Aero Glass by BigMuscle? It changes the color fine but it uses the 255 value for each color making it completely opaque and not allowing any blur.

I'd love to use this but keep the blur."

+1 to this. Want to use it but only incompatiblement with blur of Aero Glass by BigMuscule stop's me.

Shula (Shulamitefire) | 07 Aug 14

Does the colors list run in addition to the random list at the same time or do they run one function at a time? Thanks for a very enjoyable and inspirational soft. Burning blessings of Jesus' Beauty in your being and intimate blessings of affection from His holy heart.

Shula | 07 Aug 14

I'm sorry, bro. I now have the answer to my question. It really was/is self explanatory. They are two separate functions! Thanks, again! You can keep the blessings. In fact, here are more heaped on you, in Jesus name, above all names. :-) !

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