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Windows 7: Aero without glass

24 Jul 2011   #1
robertcz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Aero without glass

Forgive me, I am a noob and this is my first post:

I have Aero. I like the features it gives me, especially like the Win-tab navigation functions. I can live with some of the other things it forced me to do.
But I have an issue with vision' being very sensitive to reflection. And it seems that whatever I do to Aero, the taskbar buttons have that very distracting pseudo-reflection look.

Is there any way of using Aero without that shading/reflection effect? Ideally, I would prefer a theme that looks like Classic (some call it Windows 98, but I have been using it in XP and so for me it "is" Windows) but runs under the Aero rendering engine?

Please save me! I tried using Aero all weekend, but just could not focus on my work due to the problem with the "reflections" and other annoying eye-candy. Eventually, last night I gave up and switched back to Windows Classic, which is annoying because I like all the shortcut keys that work in Aero but not in classic.

Rob


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24 Jul 2011   #2
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yep, go to Personalization, Window Color, and uncheck Enable Transparency.

Hope that helps!
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24 Jul 2011   #3
robertcz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, that doesn't solve it. Transparency goes, but that white shading that streaks across the top-left one-third of each taskbar button is still there.

Thanks for the comment.

Meanwhile, I have been over at DeviantArt and suspect that it is visual styles, not themes, that I am looking to chance. It will involve patching my OS, but I am willing to give it a go. Am going to try this style: Classic AE 2.1 by ~Saarineames on deviantART

Cheers,
Rob
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24 Jul 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You can configure your Aero settings easily.

Go back and switch to full Aero settings and save them.

Press the Win+Pause keyboard combo then click Advanced System Settings.

In the System Properties box click the Advanced tab and click Settings in the Performance section.

From here, you can configure your settings as you like.

Aero without glass-perf.png


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24 Jul 2011   #5
robertcz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, I'll try that. But I think that just removes the transparency, not the pseudo-reflectivity. Will try at home tonight
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25 Jul 2011   #6
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robertcz View Post
Thanks, that doesn't solve it. Transparency goes, but that white shading that streaks across the top-left one-third of each taskbar button is still there.

Thanks for the comment.

Meanwhile, I have been over at DeviantArt and suspect that it is visual styles, not themes, that I am looking to chance. It will involve patching my OS, but I am willing to give it a go. Am going to try this style: Classic AE 2.1 by ~Saarineames on deviantART

Cheers,
Rob
That theme looks interesting. If disabling transparency doesn't help, you can increase the color intensity by sliding the color adjuster to the far right, and there's a couple of other options to adjust the color. It seems to take the white streak away.
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25 Jul 2011   #7
robertcz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robertcz View Post
Thanks, that doesn't solve it. Transparency goes, but that white shading that streaks across the top-left one-third of each taskbar button is still there.

Thanks for the comment.

Meanwhile, I have been over at DeviantArt and suspect that it is visual styles, not themes, that I am looking to chance. It will involve patching my OS, but I am willing to give it a go. Am going to try this style: Classic AE 2.1 by ~Saarineames on deviantART

Cheers,
Rob
That theme looks interesting. If disabling transparency doesn't help, you can increase the color intensity by sliding the color adjuster to the far right, and there's a couple of other options to adjust the color. It seems to take the white streak away.
Oh, maybe I didn't tweak enough. I tweaked and tweaked, and it wouldn't disappear. Maybe I was tweaking too many things at once - I'll give it a bash at home today

It's amazing how visual styles can so easily detract from work. I want my OS to be nice, but in the background. I find the standard Aero themes too "in my face".

Cheers,
Thanks for your advice!
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25 Jul 2011   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

In the meantime, we can leave this thread open so you can post back and let us know the outcome or get more help.
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25 Jul 2011   #9
Imperfect1

 
 

Perhaps you can get some additional suggestions from these tutorials:
How to Enable or Disable Windows 7 Transparency
How to Enable Full Clear Glass Transparency in Windows 7
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25 Jul 2011   #10
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums
I use Windows Style Builder and can change the look of the taskbar buttons and maybe a couple of other areas for you.
You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Or
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes
Here is the look of the taskbar buttons with no shine
Aero without glass-task.png

Let me know and I will post it in a zip here.
Jerry


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