Albeit being present in Windows Vista, the Aero Glass transparency really took off with Windows 7. And it has now made its way into Windows 10. In the Windows 10, you can switch the transparency level between the frosted glass transparency and the transparent glass transparency. By default, Windows 10 uses the frosted glass transparency effect and you can see it by clicking on the Start icon in the taskbar and opening the Start menu. Some websites are offering third party software that promises to enable the Aero glass effect in Windows 10, but it is not really necessary. Instead of downloading and installing any software, you can simply switch to the transparent glass effect by making a few changes in the Windows registry.
The following screenshot shows how it looks with the frosted glass effect in Windows 10, which is also the default look for Windows 10:
Here is how you can switch from frosted blur glass effect to the transparent glass effect:
- Press the hotkey Win+R to open the Run dialog. In the run dialog, type regedit and press Enter. This will open the Windows Registry Editor.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize and then double-click on the EnableTransparency setting in the right-side panel.
- If you change the value of EnableTransparency to 1, then the frosted glass effect is enabled. If you change the value of EnableTransparency to 0, then the transparent glass effect is enabled.
Conclusion: Windows 10 users can enjoy the Aero glass effects without having to install any third party software in their PC. They can switch between the frosted glass effect and the transparent glass effect quickly by changing a setting in Windows 10.