Apply Aero Glass Effect in Windows 8 with Glass 8

In some of my recent posts, some readers, especially customization lovers, have asked me, how I had applied Aero glass effect in Windows 8, to the windows in articles screenshots. Today, in this article, I’m going to answer their question. We all know that Microsoft has removed the Aero look from windows borders and the taskbar in Windows 8, that was introduced since Windows Vista. But there exists some tools, using which you can again bring out the Aero glass look in Windows 8.1 too, and enjoy full transparency like you’ve done in Windows 7.


Aero Glass Effect in Windows 8

Glass 8 is one such tool I have come across. Before it I was using WinAeroGlass mentioned here. But WinAeroGlass has a limitation that it was unable to make the taskbar transparent. So I tried Glass 8, and it worked like a charm on my Windows 8.1.

Here are the highlights of this tool:

  • Apply glass look to windows borders
  • Blur the content behind the borders to improve UI experience
  • Change amount of transparency in Control panels directly
  • Change inactive windows borders color
  • Skin windows borders (add glow, shadows etc.) without changing Windows theme
  • Fully native including MSStyle themes and DWM API compatibility
  • Low resources usage

You can download this tool from here. The utility contains a simple setup, using which you can install this freeware easily. One more good thing about this software is that it automatically runs when Windows starts, meaning you don’t have to place the software shortcut in shell:startup folder.

UPDATE BY ADMIN: This tool requires Secure Boot to be disabled. Secure Boot is a security feature that stops malware in its tracks and makes Windows 8 significantly more resistant to attacks. So you may want to take a call on it. Please read the comments.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.


  1. rol

    From the homepage: “Disadvantage of this method is that you must turn the secure boot off.”
    This is a very important limitation, since it compromises the security of the system a lot, and you should explain in your article why most users should NOT install Glass 8. This tool should be installed only by experienced users that accept the risks.

  2. 1oddmanout

    Agree with rol- at least tell us in the article; secondly, tell us how to disable secure boot; thirdly, can a user re-enable secure boot after installing and will glass 8 still work? Readers access this website for it’s expertise, which is much appreciated.

  3. Thanks for this. Updating the post. 🙂

  4. While I do not recommend that you disable Secure Boot, you can get some pointers on how to do it here:

  5. 1oddmanout

    Thanks for the link. So again, next steps – disable secure boot, run Glass 8, can the consumer then re-enable secure boot, and will glass8 still work?

  6. Ed

    Well then I guess the makers of Glass 8 are going to have to find a secure boot workaround otherwise it’s going to die in the wind. People are not going to disable secure boot in 8.1 just to get a glass effect, especially when they can download themepacks that already have a transparent taskbar, which is what most people care about unless you are a custom themer …..*ahem* like myself who can create themes that already have transparent aspects of the theme without having to use a tool like this and without having to disable secure boot..

  7. TeknoWiz978

    nvr had secure boot,prob nvr will either

    Hasta La Vista!

    Gimme Me Some Aero Glass

  8. Matt

    Glass 8 has just about crashed my system (win 8.1 update 1) with an error popup that just keeps popping up, preventing me from doing anything else. Still working on it, but so far I’ve been unable to remove it. DONT DOWNLOAD GLASS 8!!!

  9. ^^ Looks like it wasn’t able to get DWM compatibility or download symbols 🙁

  10. Anonymus

    Just do a system restore. Then download the debug version from here: Then stop the aero process in the task manager then restart the DWM in the task manager. Then replace the DWMGlass.dll file with the win 8.1 update 1 DWMGlass.dll. Then restart. And I think secure boot should still be disabled.

  11. rhys

    dont just say “DONT DOWNLOAD!!!” some people might have the right specs, motherboard and/or OS unlike you.

  12. janice dewdney

    you should be more concerned with the security on windows…Aw but then the little Anons would need brains to get hacking..I am disgusted that Microsoft has even joined in with the bullying warning me about copyright when i took a few images from google…Why have they no customer assistants…i have never had a question that suits what i am there for….WINDOWS BACKDOOR, FRONTDOOR…IN FACT I THINK ITS JUST ALL GLASS

  13. janice dewdney

    The software will have something else in it……malware

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