Some time ago I created a little application, Opaque Taskbar to make the taskbar in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 non-transparent so that the white text on it becomes more readable. Today, I am proud to introduce a special native code build of Opaque Taskbar which is coded in pure C++ for faster performance and lighter resource consumption than the .NET app. It has some improvements over the .NET-based Opaque Taskbar app.
My friend Sgt.Riggs was interested in making a native port of Opaque Taskbar and he made it really well.
This special build has the following benefits:
- Faster, instant opaque taskbar at startup. There is no more delay after the first boot of Windows 8. When your Desktop loads, the taskbar will already be non-transparent.
- No .NET framework required. This version is created with static C++ compilation and does not depend on .NET Framework libraries. This makes it work faster and lighter, the application is not resource-hungry and consumes less memory.
- Portable application. The application need not be installed.
The native code version of Opaque Taskbar is just an executable file called wincty.exe. It supports the following command line switches:
wincty.exe /resident - tells the application to stay in memory to handle Explorer crashes/theme changes/window frame color changes.
wincty.exe /noupdate - disables the update check.
Many thanks to Sgt.Riggs for creating this port. The application is available from its download page: