Aero Glass Can Be Enabled In Win8.1 Update 1 Leaked Build (Video)

Information continues to trickle out of the recently leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 build.  A report by WinBeta shows a variation of the popular Aero Glass theme can be enabled in the build:

It also appears Microsoft may be working on a return of the highly popular Aero Glass theme. From what can be enabled in the recent Windows 8.1 Update 1 leak, looks like a variation of the Glass theme can be enabled. In this build, it’s extremely buggy and doesn’t work as intended to. Dragging windows with Glass enabled lags and leaves many UI errors. So this is definitely a work in progress.

The primary reason cited for the removal of Aero Glass was the impact on battery life.  Do you want Aero Glass to come back?

Update, Tom Warren reminds us:

Sigh. Aero Glass in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is not news. HideBlur is always there in beta and milestone builds. Was same in win8 and 8.1.

Source: WinBeta


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  • robertwade

    Why on earth would I want Aero back? Why in this universe would ANYONE want that back? Sheesh. Why is Microsoft insisting on going backwards?

    • Jim Cherry

      its not about going backwards its about reaching backwards and pulling pple forward. Or atleast that’s what they’re attempting to do.

    • Jeff Hung

      Many users still love eye-candy interface so badly. For me Aero is just childish and waste of processor cycles.

    • Simon Paul

      100% agree. Aero was better than XP, but it was still pretty gawdy. The super heavy shadows and transparent windows frames are just awful.

      However, the flat version of Aero (Windows 8 desktop) is still lacking polish. The minimize/max/close icons should be circular just like the ones on the app bars in Metro apps, etc.

      • Tirinti

        Windows must be transparent, otherwise they are walls not windows!

      • Prayaas

        Yup, we needed a more Metrofied desktop, icons included.
        Also, they should either make very functional Modern counterparts for those desktop tools and utilities (built-in) or update them with proper Modern and non-Vista look.

        • Simon Paul

          Ya, all control panel/settings should be in full metro. It’s still half and half. They don’t need to be in desktop mode anymore.

    • Tirinti

      Lack of the Aero Glass is the worse bug in Windows 8.
      It was going back to the times of ugly Windows 2000 from the previous milenium.

      • Simon Paul

        Why do you need transparencies? Why do you need heavy shadows? Why do you need lots of confusing gradients?

        YOU DON’T. Simply put, the times of the over the top, skeumorphic interfaces are coming to an end.

        • Dino

          Because transparency is sooo natural


          • Ryan

            Lol, iOS 7 is flat, yet it has transparencies such as Control Center and Notification Center.

            I bet Aero Glass could make a comeback in Windows 8.1 update, 8.2, or 9, and may have been a mistake to leave it out in the first place. In fact, it wouldn’t have to be called “Aero Glass” to distant away from skeuomorphsim. Actually, I have always liked Aero since Vista first came out (initially buggy but fixed with SP1 and SP2) and would be glad to have it back.

    • captain kirk

      Aero was beautiful. Windows 8 looks like Windows 2.0. Windows 8 has no border on the Windows and Windows are sometimes hard to distinguish when stacked. 100% of computer professionals I know are sticking to Win 7. The clock cycles that transparent borders use is so minuscule. Let the users make the choice like Windows 7 allowed.

  • desmond

    Dear Microsoft, I’m seek and tired of the fact that there are loop holes in your various departments. The rate at which products being developed are constantly being leaked is horrible. Why must engineers woking on a project share those projects illegally. It tells less of the company. All department working on a project should be held responsible if such happens. Windows 8.1 is yet to be launched yet we have it on our laptops. Its really bad of you guys.

    • chris.c

      I wouldn’t mind getting leaks about the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 Update. Just sayin’..

      • Prayaas

        And kill the buzz too. You see, when Apple unveils new things, people are blown away because it is all too much. I mean, there is A LOT.
        Here the scenario is more like,
        Most blogs: Windows (whatever) update brings (whichever) new feature!
        People: “Hmm, progress, going in right direction.” “Metro sucks.” “Microsoft fail.” “Windows keeps getting better and better.” “I’m going to rant.”
        A little while later,
        Microsoft announcement: “We are proud to announce —”
        People: “Meh, 1 month old news.” “Microsoft, you seriously need to stop being lazy.” “Useless updates – no new features.” etc. etc.

        • chris.c

          Agreed. And in the meantime, perhaps Nokia will finally release the Black update to 620′s. They’re like the only model left for update in Europe.

  • Emi the Strange

    honstly… this is just the same theme but with transparecy… that doesnt look like the old aero glass, just look at the taskbar in win8, it has transparency, but you wont say “oh its aero glass taskbar”

    so no, this is not aero glass, its just transparecy since some people want it. hopefully we can turn it off, if you want to, both Windows and taskbar, and enable it whenever we want to.

    if it was like winvista or 7, the glass would look like it, never really liked it. but this is just transparency, no more.

  • EU citizen

    since i got used to win8, im really not looking forward to aero making a comeback, i see no need for it.

    • Tips_y

      True, so I hope it does not become the default but will stay as an option that can be turned-on for people who like that eye-candy.

  • Tirinti

    At last they will fix this bug.
    I don’t understand why people are talking so much about obsolete start menu and not about Aero Glass, the best parto of Windows Vista and 7.

  • Antonioerre

    Just “no thanks”. :)

  • freshfelicio

    I never understood why the taskbar in Win8.x is transparent and the windows not. I mean, I hate the glossy look of Win7 with all the reflections, but i would like Windows that look like the taskbar. And they should also do something about the close/minimize/… buttons, they were just taken from Windows 7 and made flat. Doesnt look good.