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Transparency - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Transparency in Windows 7
Published by Brink
02 Nov 2008
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How to Enable or Disable Transparency in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to enable or disable tranparency for windows, the Start Menu, and the taskbar in Windows 7.

The Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions do not have Aero Transparency included in them.

warning   Warning
You will not have the Transparency option if you have a Basic and High Contrast Theme instead of a Aero Theme.

Aero Requirements to be Enabled in Windows 7
NOTE: If Aero is not enabled, then Transparency will not work even when enabled.
  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with at least 128 MB of memory.
  • The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 and the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).
  • You must be have True Color (32 bit) set instead of High Color (16 bit).
  • Be sure to have the correct Windows 7 driver version installed for your graphics card/chip.
  • The desktop composition and Animate controls and elements inside windows options enabled in Visual Effects.
  • Refresh or update your WEI score.
  • The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Themes Services need to be set to Start and Automatic.




OPTION ONE
To Enable or Disable Transparency in Personalization
1. Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below)

2. Click on the Window Color link at the bottom of the window. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: The name in gray under Windows Color is the current color selected.
Transparency - Enable or Disable-personalize.jpg
3. To Enable Transparency
A) Check the Enable transparency box. (See screenshot below step 5)

B) Adjust your Color intensity slider for how transparent you want it.
  • Slide LEFT = More transparent
  • Slide RIGHT = Less to not transparent
C) Go to step 5.
4. To Disable Transparency
A) Uncheck the Enable transparency box. (See screenshot below)
5. Click on Save changes.
Transparency - Enable or Disable-color_and_appearance-1.jpg



OPTION TWO
To Enable or Disable Transparency in Visual Effects
1. Open Visual Effects.

2. To Enable Transparency
A) Check the Enable transparent glass box, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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B) Go to step 4.
3. To Disable Transparency
A) Uncheck the Enable transparent glass box, and click on OK. (see screenshot above)



OPTION THREE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Enable Transparency
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Enable_Transparent_Glass.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Disable Transparency
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Disable_Transparent_Glass.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the Desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file, and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION FOUR
To Enable or Disable Transparency in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search boxand press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM
Transparency - Enable or Disable-reg-1.jpg
4. In the right pane, double click on ColorizationOpaqueBlend. (see screenshot above)

5. To Enable Transparency
A) Type in 0, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is the default setting.
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B) Go to step 7.
6. To Disable Transparency
A) Type in 1, and click on OK. (see screenshot above)
7. Close regedit.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.
That's it,
Shawn




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02 Nov 2009   #1
Hill Mantarou

Windows 7 Eternity™ 2009
 
 

hello ..i used nimi visuals software to make start menu become transparent and it done good, but i think better to me to do manually..can u show me how to make start menu become transparent manually or with using registry..?




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02 Nov 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Hill,

You can just follow the tutorial to enable Transparency to make the Start Menu transparent if this is what you meant.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Nov 2009   #3
Hill Mantarou

Windows 7 Eternity™ 2009
 
 

that just will make taskbar transparent right?.. that i can see in your tutorial..but what i mean is the whole "start menu"..
can u find a way to make it become transparent?? coz i don really like a 3rd party software.


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02 Nov 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yes, it will make the dark side of the default Start Menu transparent, as well as the taskbar and Windows Explorer window borders.

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03 Nov 2009   #5
Hill Mantarou

Windows 7 Eternity™ 2009
 
 

thanks brink..but i think u did't really understand what im asking..
anyway..thanks 4 ur help..
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03 Nov 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hill,

Well, the Start Menu's dark side is transparent using this method after enabling transparency and sliding the intensity level to the left. What did you want instead?
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03 Nov 2009   #7
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hill,

Well, the Start Menu's dark side is transparent using this method after enabling transparency and sliding the intensity level to the left. What did you want instead?
He is wanting the entire start menu transparent (including were the recently opened items appear)

This is only possible in a custom theme
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03 Nov 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ah, then yes only with a 3rd party custom theme.
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03 Nov 2009   #9
Hill Mantarou

Windows 7 Eternity™ 2009
 
 

owh..i see..
looks like i gonna used 3rd party software anyway..
anyway..thanks brink n zidane
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