Aero Lite

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Aero Lite
Component of Microsoft Windows
Typevisual style
Introduced inWindows 8 build 8102
Last included in
Replaced by

Aero Lite is the name of the hidden visual style that debuted in Windows 8 and is used within future versions of Windows. In Windows 8 (prerelease versions), Windows Server 2012/Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 (until Technical Preview 3), this visual style is used by default and referred to as "Windows Basic" while it use Desktop Window Manager. The msstyles file but not the theme file is present in the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero folder in Windows 8/8.1/10. To enable the theme, create a copy of the aero.theme file called aerolite.theme and redirect it to the aerolite.msstyles file and set its display name to Aero Lite.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

  • In Windows 8 Developer Preview, you can get Windows Aero effects in the Aero Lite theme by running WindowsAnytimeUpgradeResults.exe.
  • In Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Release Preview, transparency effects can be enabled by means of a bug in the Personalization Control Panel. To do so, right click the desktop and open up Personalization. Now click on "Window Color" link given at the bottom of the window. Keep the window opened. Open a separate personalization window and apply the Windows Basic theme. Go back to the other personalization window that you opened at start, uncheck "Enable transparency" option and then re-check it. Click on "Save changes" button. This will cause glass effects.
  • In Windows 10, even if you've unchecked "Title bars and window borders" in Personalization in Settings app, window borders in the Aero Lite theme remains colored.

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