aero like the bubble thing that pops up when you hoover your mouse over a task bar icon? i thought windows 8 has no task bar icons no more? how can they make areo work for it -- Happiness is like peeing your pants... Everyone can see it, but only you can feel its Warmth!!
I installed and played with the Release Preview, and I remember Aero still being in it. And, by Aero, I mean the glass effect of the windows, the pop-up small thumbnail display when you would mouse over running applications in the task bar.
However, I think it was called something else...like "glass theme" or something. I had to go into the display settings or something to turn that effect on. I don't have the Windows 8 Release preview installed now, so I cannot get the exact wording or location.
So, it makes me wonder if the same is true in the RTM of Windows 8? The option may be there, just called something else?
Maybe... (I don't have it installed currently either) but everyone posted in mid-May how about how it had actually been removed and made it sound like it was actually gone, not just hidden... -- ♬ Music is life ♬
I went ahead and installed the Windows 8 Release Preview (64 bit) from May 31, 2012.
Once the install was done, and I went to my desktop, I noticed that the bar at the bottom had the "glass effect" enabled, as I could see through the bar to the desktop behind it. My first two pictures show this.
I then opened a few items, and moused over the running items in the task bar at the bottom, and noticed that "aero peek" (or whatever you want to call it) still works. This is shown in my 3rd picture.
Finally, the setting that I was talking about is shown in my 4th picture. The option is "Enable Transparency". While the full path is shown in the bar at the top, how I got there was 1) Right-Click on the desktop and select "Personalize" 2) Left-Click on the "Windows Color" icon near the bottom of the screen
By default (again, in the Release Preview) the option for "Enable transparency" was checked. I did not have to do anything to enable this.
I also want to add that in the "Personalization" window, there are two Aero Themes listed. If I select one of the other themes (under Basic and High Contract Themes), and try to enable / disable the same option (Enable transparency), the option is not present. In fact, the screen looks different (See picture #5). So, there is something in the "Theme" that allows that option to be there.
Since I don't have access to any of the Windows 8 RTM's, I am not able to verify that these steps and settings work the same way, or if the Aero Themes are present or not.
But, I did want to point out how the Windows 8 Release Preview was working, so that those that are running a RTM version of Windows 8 could go look and see what options are there.
Finally, I am wondering what comes up in the Windows 8 RTM versions if you type "Enable Transp" into the search box for the control panel. In the Release Preview, I get what is shown in my last picture. Of course, if I am not running the Aero theme, when I click on the option, I get the same screen that I referenced before, without the checkbox for "Enable Transparency". Yet what is interesting is that the text below the words "Personalization" does say "Enable or disable transparent glass on windows".
The bottom line that I'm trying to figure out / point out is that in the Release Preview, the options are there for the "Aero effect", which I'm going to say are the "Glass effect of the Windows, and the ability to "peek" at things that are running in the task bar". I am thinking that those running a Windows 8 RTM search for "Glass effect" or "Enable Transparent", you may get something. Or, maybe not, if they really did take it out.
I am running RTM. Taskbar is transparent. Window borders not. No settings available to enable transparent windows. Not a driver issue, enabling this feature was removed, but you can get it by doing this dance:
Kinda like XP and 2000......MS has learned, computers run better w / o eye candy. Nice looking feature, 100% useless. -- If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. - Albert Einstein
Kinda like XP and 2000......MS has learned, computers run better w / o eye candy. Nice looking feature, 100% useless.
I wouldn't say 100% useless and they have zero to insignificant impact on any modern computer. There is a great deal of human psychology at play when it comes to user interface design. User perception of software quality, trust and usability often starts with the visual impression.
What Microsoft is doing is to de-emphasize the multi-windowed dektop environment. Now they have also knocked the glass out of their windows. I'm finding the product name of "Windows" rather ironic.
I find the dynamic solid borders that replaced glass kind of difficult on the eyes. When they take on the predominant color of the wallpaper they actually vanish into the desktop more than a transparency does. It flies in the face of consistency.
I was a Windows XP hold out. I hated Vista, the changes the performance. then I hoped for Windows 7, only to be disappointed that it was Vista with fixes but still too different for me. I know that windows 8 is much like 7 but there is something about it that really works for me. I will never give up on XP as a gamer, I can't. But using 8 as my workstation...well I'm sold.
The Metro interface is more then a gimmick. I really like using it and with a few tweaks, I can dance between Metro and the desktop with ease.
And let me state For you Windows 7 guys, when I refused to give up XP... You aren't afraid of a little change are you? Come on get with the times...time to move on *smirk**wink*