Windows 8 came with many major unexpected changes mainly the replacement of Start Menu with Start Screen and absence of Aero Glass effect. The exact reason is not known but this step might have been taken to make the look of dialogue boxed in sync with Metro-UI style. Obviously, the translucent Aero Glass effect did not go with the opaque straight colors of boldly cornered elements of the Metro look. Before this post, we discovered a utility called Aero8Tuner that let you get transparent bordered windows but they were disorienting and buggy when moved around on the screen. Now we have another tool WinaeroGlass which is not only a successful attempt to get Aero Glass back but is also free of bugs.
Since Aero8Tuner’s glitch performance, we have been working around in Windows 8 to achieve transparent borders for windows using a few tools together that would prevent the distortions from occurring while moving the windows around. The blurry effect is because of the windows not being redrawn swiftly for the transparency to achieve its effect. WinaeroGlass reduces this time delay for a blur free effect.
Do not get worried when you don’t find the interface you are expecting the app to have when launched because it has none. All you have to do is run this app and it will begin to have its effect – neither setups to work with nor configurations to be confused about. Note here that every time you restart your computer or change the theme you will have to run the transparency tool again since the previous effect will be lost. To avoid running the tool every time you can instead put its shortcut to your Startup directory.
The WinaeroGlass is still at an alpha developing stage and upcoming versions of it are expected to have UI with further options. Even at this stage, it gets the job done as well as works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.