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Windows 7: Transparency - Enable Full Clear Glass Transparency

23 Jun 2009   #10

Windows 7 7600 X64

That's ok It's excellent anyway

Thanks for the tutorial,
Daniel Cardoso

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23 Jun 2009   #11

Windows 7 x64 RTM Retail

Somewhat related to the topic, to get rid of those slanted stripes that appear on the title bar when you have Aero on go into the Registry and change:


to a lower value. Zero will get rid of the stripes while a lower number will make them less obvious.

This takes affect after a reboot or you could stop then restart DWM.
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24 Jun 2009   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you Streetwolf. I have not noticed any slanted stripes yet, at least for me though.
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24 Jun 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

These here Shawn, they're really hard to see.

Transparency - Enable Full Clear Glass Transparency-stripes.jpg

Sort of like the stripes you get when you hover over the Show Desktop button, except it's there in the window borders.

Although I set it to zero in the registry and it took them away completely after I logged off/on, it reset itself to 50 when I rebooted.

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24 Jun 2009   #14

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Oh ok, thank your Aaron. Since you can barely notice them, I had though that they were just part of the window behind it bleeding through.
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24 Jun 2009   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Yeah, you can move the window around to see them a little better while you're moving it, it makes it truly transparent when getting rid of them, but the registry change for the stripes didn't seem to stay changed for me.
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24 Jun 2009   #16

Windows7 Enterprise SP1 x64 (Technet)

some seven builds don't have the hideblur Available...

you have to replace the dwm.exe and uDWM.dll for enable again...

i did in the 7260 rtm...

dowmload both files here:
Deposit Files

here how to:

Replace the files on c:\windows\system32\

In order to replace and overwrite dwm.exe and uDWM.dll in Windows 7 system, firstly take ownership and grant full access permissions to the files, and then stop the Desktop Windows Manager Session Manager service in Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Services module. Copy the dwm.exe and uDWM.dll to %systemdrive%\Windows\System32 folder
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24 Jun 2009   #17

Windows 7 x64 RTM Retail

The 'stripes' thingy is very noticeable on my system. Perhaps it the choice of color you use.

There are circumstances where the Reg entry will be reset back to 50. Changing themes will do it and I think changing colors will do it too. There's probably other ways too. I suppose some things that reset DWM.
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24 Jun 2009   #18

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Aaron, did you change colors or anything as Streetwolf described above before it reset for the stripes?
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24 Jun 2009   #19
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Hi Brink thanks for the tuts , they are really easy to follow and are helping me out heaps

I have a question for you ...

When you maximise a window it isn't really transparent is it ? by that i mean if you have a dream playing on your desktop in W7 (Vista as well) it stops and Windows takes a snap shot of the background and uses it.

Any way to make it truly transparent and show a live preview of the desktop ? I know its an odd request , i just like the idea of sure other people will disagree with me lol.

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