[Video] How to enable Aero Glass in Windows 8 RTM – Sort of!


Microsoft announced that Windows 8 won’t include the well-known aero effects for windows borders and taskbar and it really is gone from Windows 8 RTM. Well, not really gone, you can say it can’t be enabled by given options but, there is a trick to bring Aero in Windows 8 RTM. This tutorial will guide you through the process of enabling Aero in Windows 8 RTM.

Just follow the instructions below and you would have the Aero back in Windows 8 RTM.


  • First of all, go to ‘Personalize’ by right clicking on the desktop or pressing the Windows button on your tablet and selecting ‘Personalize’.
  • You ‘Personalization’ window would open. Here select ‘High Contrast Black’ theme under ‘High Contrast Themes’.
  • You theme would change to black theme (don’t worry its temporary).
  • Now, go to ‘Color’ menu from the bottom of ‘Personalization‘  window and leave it open.
  • Go to desktop and open another ‘Personalize’ window.
  • In the new window, select any Theme from ‘Windows Default Themes’.
  • Your theme would change back to the normal one without aero.
  • Now, go to the other window which we left open and press ‘Save Changes’.
  • Now, you would have Aero on your windows borders and taskbar.
  • That’s all!

Here is a quick video showing how to enable Aero in Windows 8 RTM


Note: The Aero brought back by the above trick makes the windows borders and taskbar 100% transparent e.g. you can view everything behind that but, still its Aero.

You may visit our Windows 8 RTM Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 8 RTM.


Ahmad Wahid

Being a University student of computer, has developed keen interest in technology and like to test out the new gadgets. His interests include Social Networking as well.

  • AlexKven

    Interesting. You’d think that a Microsoft programmer with a secret love for aero sneaked this trick in for the rest of us. However, I wouldn’t last 5 minutes with this because it’s completely transparent, without blurring the background to give any indication of a window there. It’s a usability nightmare. What I wish they had done was left the desktop personalization the way it is in windows 8 Release Preview. That theme was wonderful!

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