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Windows 7 Aero Glass Color Tweaksend

Overview

This is an extension of the glass streak tweak for Windows 7 I posted earlier. While I don’t understand all the settings, I decided to write this up anyways to show my config.

These are settings found in:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM\

Again, you will need to run the following commands to see the changes apply:

NET STOP UxSms
NET START UxSms

Settings for Maximum Usable Transparency

ColorizationAfterglowBalance: 0

ColorizationBlurBalance: 64

ColorizationColorBalance: 0

ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity: 0

ColorizationOpaqueBlend: 0

Settings for Fully Opaque Black Start Menu and Active Window Frame and Inactive Window Translucent, Glowless

ColorizationAfterglowBalance: 0

ColorizationBlurBalance: 0

ColorizationColor: ff000000

(change “000000” to any RGB color you wish)

ColorizationColorBalance: 64

ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity: 0

ColorizationOpaqueBlend: 0

Known settings

Composition: 0 = disable Aero, 1 = enable Aero

ColorizationOpaqueBlend: 1 = forces all window titles opaque, same as unchecking “Enable Transparency” in settings

ColorizationAfterglow: ARGB glow color for all windows after first two digits. Glow appears when frame overlays any color, where it adds the color defined in ColorizationAfterglow as a bright glow. Has no effect on solid color backgrounds.

ColorizationColor: ARGB base color for all windows after first two digits. Opacity is higher on active window by default.

(ARGB is alpha-rgb color in hexadecimal form, for a total of 8 hex digits)

More unknown settings

Couldn’t quite figure out these settings. Posting them here anyways so someone else can figure it out.

ColorizationAfterglowBalance: 0-64h range: makes all window frames and start menu glow layer more opaque

ColorizationBlurBalance: 0-64h range: makes active window frame and start menu more opaque with lower values. Setting to 0 makes active window and start menu completely opaque. Max value makes active windows look the same as inactive windows, where glow and base colors are mixed together.

ColorizationColorBalance: 0-64h range: makes all window frame and start menu base color layer more opaque, more effect on active window

ColorizationAfterglowBalance + ColorizationBlurBalance + ColorizationColorBalance = 100 (decimal number) with Personalization panel settings

Changing the Alpha value in the ARGB doesn’t seem to have much effect

Final notes

I found the glow to be useless and a little unpredictable, so I disabled it completely.


2 Responses to “Windows 7 Aero Glass Color Tweaksend”


  1. June 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks, this helped me in just trying to make the active window SOMEWHAT noticeable, so when I TYPE I CAN TELL WHERE THE INPUT IS GOING TO GO. Motherfrack, am I the only one who uses multiple windows? This is the kind of thing that just makes Windows 7 stupid as hell compared to a sane linux desktop.

    My changes:
    1) pick a dark color in the theme chooser “Window Color”
    2) ColorizationOpaqueBlend = 1
    3) ColorizationBlurBalance = 0

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