Windows Vista introduced the Desktop Window Manager and the Aero theme for window borders, title bars and the Start menu. This theme is very beautiful. Windows 7 and Windows Vista came with a blur effect for the transparency used in the Aero theme. This glass effect got removed in Windows 8. Due to user feedback, it was restored in Windows 10 but title bars and window borders continue to use only flat colors. Today, we will see how to get Aero Glass and transparency for these in Windows 10.
BigMuscle, the developer who had revived the Aero Glass effect for Windows 8 using DirectX, has done the same for Windows 10.
To get Aero Glass in Windows 10, you need to follow the instructions below.
- Visit the official download page of Aero Glass. It is located HERE.
- Download the file under section "Aero Glass for Win8.1+". It is suitable for Windows 8.1 and above, i.e. it is compatible with Windows 10. I recommend you to download the file named "Installer (32-bit+64-bit Windows)". It will install Aero Glass automatically.
Tip: Here's how to determine if you are running 32-bit Windows or 64-bit.
- Run the installer. Follow its steps until you see the following page: Take note of the checkbox at the top. It is called "Install Aero Glass theme". If you leave this option enabled, it will replace your window frame and title bar with theme resources which look like Windows 8 but have the full featured Aero look. This will make your appearance more beautiful. This theme supplied with the Aero Glass project has square window corners.If you do not wish to use the theme supplied with Aero Glass but instead wish to install a third party theme like the Windows 7 theme for Windows 10 which has rounded corners, DISABLE this option.
- After the setup program installs the app, Aero Glass and transparency will be turned on automatically. No reboot is required. The result will be as follows:
The application is not free because it is a significant amount of work to revive this glass effect. While you can continue to use it without paying, it will have the following limitations:
The author accepts donations in Euros from you. Once you pay, you will receive an email. Visit the Support Page of the project for more details or contact the author directly to make sure you get a license key after your donation.
The Aero Glass app brings back the genuine Aero Glass appearance with transparency for title bars. If you loved this about Windows 7, then this application is your only way to get it in Windows 10.
Important note: use this only with Windows 10 RTM build 10240. If you are not sure which build you are running, see How to find the Windows 10 build number you are running. If you are running some post-RTM Insider build, you are out of luck.