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Windows 7: Can the HORRIBLE 'glass' effect be removed?

16 Apr 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Can the HORRIBLE 'glass' effect be removed?

I cannot stand the so called 'glass' effect in windows 7 which draws diagonal gradients across taskbar and windows. Can't get rid of this through themes, please someone tell me there's a way to make it go away!!!


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16 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

very easily just right click your desktop, click "personalization" then "window colour" uncheck "enable transparency" and voila, problem solved,

Transparency - Enable or Disable

I can see your point, the glass effect does take a little getting used to
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16 Apr 2010   #3

Win7/XP
 
 

Uugh..I hate aero...
I use Windows Classic under 'basic themes'.

Theme - Change or Save
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16 Apr 2010   #4
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Just download and apply another theme. The default Aero contains those all.
Get almost all the great window 7 themes here : Browsing Windows 7 Utilities on deviantART
Theme installation process ? Here : How to Install & Use 3rd Party (Custom) Themes in Windows 7? - Tweaking with Vishal
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16 Apr 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It should be pointed out that the installation of 3d party themes carries certain risks. E.g your Recycle Bin can get fouled up
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16 Apr 2010   #6
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
It should be pointed out that the installation of 3d party themes carries certain risks. E.g your Recycle Bin can get fouled up
I didn't know that ,and thank God it never happened to me on anybody I know
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16 Apr 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
It should be pointed out that the installation of 3d party themes carries certain risks. E.g your Recycle Bin can get fouled up
I didn't know that ,and thank God it never happened to me on anybody I know
It is not a very common problem, but it has happened to me with 2 different skins - in Vista though. I just thought I point it out as a possibility.
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16 Apr 2010   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
It is not a very common problem, but it has happened to me with 2 different skins - in Vista though. I just thought I point it out as a possibility.
And I came to know another possibility. Thanks a lot
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16 Apr 2010   #9

 

It is possible to remove the diagonal gradient on the glass without turning Aero off. This involved some registry editing(not much) so be careful.

If you're not sure what you're doing make a backup of the registy first -- Registry - Backup and Restore

Go to the start menu and type in Regedit and open Regedit.exe


Once it's open hit the Control Button + F(CTRL+F) to use the find option and type in ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity


This will take you to the registy you'll want to edit, can also be navigated to at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

Now you want to modify the registy.


And enter the value 0


After you restart your computer, it should remove the diagonal gradient and have a smooth glass effect.
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06 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Billy View Post
It is possible to remove the diagonal gradient on the glass without turning Aero off. This involved some registry editing(not much) so be careful.

If you're not sure what you're doing make a backup of the registy first -- Registry - Backup and Restore

Go to the start menu and type in Regedit and open Regedit.exe


Once it's open hit the Control Button + F(CTRL+F) to use the find option and type in ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity


This will take you to the registy you'll want to edit, can also be navigated to at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

Now you want to modify the registy.


And enter the value 0


After you restart your computer, it should remove the diagonal gradient and have a smooth glass effect.
This DOES work, but be aware, if you mess around with the "Enable Transparency" checkmark, the lines come back! Would be nice to delete it permanently.
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