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How to enable Aero Glass Transparency in Windows 10

by AshwinJune 8, 2015

Aero Glass, the transparent background feature in Windows 7 makes a comeback in Windows 10.

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Microsoft introduced two options of Aero Glass effect in Windows 10 Build 10074, which was released in April.

One of the options is Transparent Glass, while the other one is Frosted Glass, which gives a Blur effect.

Though you can’t change between the options from Windows Settings, you can do so by simply editing an option in the Windows Registry. (Thanks Techjourney)

How to enable Aero Glass Transparency in Windows 10 (Frosted Glass and Transparent)

1. First bring up the Run command by pressing Win+R key combination.
2. Enter Regedit.exe in the run window, and hit ok.
3. Now navigate to the following tab in the Windows Registry.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

4. You will find a DWORD key called EnableBlurBehind, in the right hand side pane, under the Personalize Tab, in the Registry/

5. Double click on the EnableBlurBehind key, and change the value to 1 to enable the Frosted Glass Blur effect.  or

Change the value to 0 to enable Transparency.

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6. You will have to restart the computer, for the changes to be reflected. But sometimes, the changes are reflected immediately.

Screenshots:

This is what the Frosted Glass effect (Blur) looks like in Windows 10.

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And this is what the Windows 10 Transparent Glass effect looks like.

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As you can see, it is not clear glass, but a coloured glass effect, which uses the colour scheme of Windows.

The final version of Windows will include only one option.  When Windows 10 Build 10074 was released, Microsoft originally asked users to vote for Blur effect or Transparent Glass. The Redmond company will gather feedback from users before finalizing on the effect, which will be used as default in Windows 10.

Clear Glass Transparency in Windows 10:

According to a report by Softpedia, several users have posted their feedback regrading the Aero effect they want in Windows 10, at the Windows Uservoice forums. And they aren’t backing the Blur effect. The users have thanked Microsoft for including the Transparent Glass effect, but are displeased with the colour-filled Glass effect.

What they want is a full glass effect. That is, a Clear Glass Transparent effect,(but with only a slight blur). A comment regarding this, which was posted last week, has garnered over 345 votes at the Uservoice forums.

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Hopefully Microsoft will take note of it and bring a Clear Glass option to Windows 10 soon.

Personally, I think Microsoft should let users pick the effect of their choice, from the Settings App (Personalization). And I don’t like the Frosted Glass Effect either, it is seriously bad.

5 Comments
  • John Baker
    October 13, 2015 at 3:13 am

    The aero effect in Windows 10, such as it is, is fine. I don’t want or expect it to look exactly like Windows 7. What I’d like to see is an option to apply aero to the windows themselves, or at least have the title, menu and navigation bars match the task bar/start menu view settings. It shouldn’t be that difficult to include that in a future service pack or update. Also, the jump lists and tooltips need to either match the task bar/start menu settings or return to the traditional black text on a white background. The current white text on a dingy faded black background looks “seriously bad.”

  • Paul
    October 24, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I’m sticking with Windows 7 until they reinstate the glass effect on windows borders & title bar.

    • Ashwin
      October 26, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Sorry, but I don’t think Microsoft is going to do that anytime soon. In the latest preview build, they added the option to have colored title bars.

  • WindowsLonghorn/Blackcomblvr
    January 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Windows 10 will never have Aero thanks to Ballmer and Joe Belfoire. Windows 10 is the end of Microsoft Windows as we know it. Screw Steve Ballmer!!!! He was the one who called Aero chest and outdated, and he started the Metro crap we see today.

    • Ashwin
      January 16, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Yeah, they killed most of the good features from Windows 7. The lack of Aero is because of Microsoft’s attempt to unifying the UI of phones and PCs. It ruined Windows 8, you’d think they’d have learnt by now, but no.

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