Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Many people have upgraded their computer operating systems from XP to Vista or Windows 7 but their graphics cards don't support the aeroglass effect.
This is because the graphics cards don't support the WDDM drivers so the look of the operating system just looks basic.
There are a couple of little applications which can make the operating system look like it has the aeroglass effect even though its quite basic. Even though the look is quite basic it still looks good enough to have a desirable effect.
If you have seen Windows 7 or Vista which has the aeroglass effect enabled then you will have noticed that you can see through the borders of the windows and taskbar itself.
To achive these looks there are two little applications which you have to download and install.
The first one is True Transparency. This will make the borders of windows transparent.
Download True Transparency from here and install it >>>>>>>>>
Take a look at the screenshot below to see how it looks. I'm running this application myself on my laptop with Windows 7 installed.
As you can see the windows borders are transparent. To use and change the look click on the notification area and right click on the True Transparency icon like in the picture below.
Next we have to work on the taskbar. We are fairly limited with what we can do here but we can still have the transparent effect even though we can't change the colour.
What we need to achive this effect is an application called Tweakwindow.
Download and install Tweakwindow from the link below >>>>>>>
To configure Tweakwindow you will find the application in the nitification area just like with True Transparency.
With these little applications you can have the aeroglass effect without having the need to upgrade your graphics cards of install memory hungry applications like WindowBlinds.
WindowBlinds does work with Vista and 7 but tends to slow down the PC dramatically causing application hangs and system freezes.
Both True Transparency and Tweakwindows works on XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Until a registry hack becomes available to force aeroglass on none WDDM graphics cards we are stuck with using these little applications.
When a registry hack becomes available I will update this tip.
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