How to enable Aero Lite transparency in Windows 8 [Trick]

Aero Lite transparency Windows 8

In this Windows 8 trick, you’ll learn how to enable Aero Lite transparency when using the Windows Basic theme.

The Aero desktop experience is an appealing visual effect in Windows that started in Windows Vista. It offers a translucent glass design with new window animations and colors. The thing is that some people will not always want to use it, so for those who like to use the Windows Basic desktop experience here is a tip to enable Aero transparency without using the Aero theme in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

1. While in the Windows Desktop, right-click on an empty space to bring the menu, and click Personalization.

2. At the bottom of the page, click Window Color, then uncheck the Enable Transparency options.

Important: Do not close the window.

3. Go to the Desktop again and open Personalization one more time.

Personalization options Windows 8

4. While in the new instance of Personalization, choose the Windows Basic under Basic and High Contrast Themes.

5. Now go back to the first Personalization window and check the Enable Transparency option once again. Don’t forget to click Save changes.

That’s all there is to it, you just enabled Aero Lite transparency in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Windows 8 coverage.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.