Aero Lite

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Aero Lite
Component of Microsoft Windows
Win8.1-AeroLite.png
Aero Lite in Windows 8.1 build 9600.17031 (hidden)
Typevisual style
Introduced inWindows 8 build 7927
Last included in
Replaces
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. It is used for "High Contrast" themes with color customization, replacing Windows Classic. In pre-release versions of Windows 8, 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 uses 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, when using this visual style, transparency effects can be enabled by means of a bug in the Personalization Control Panel. To do so:
  1. Right-click the desktop and open up Personalization, then click on the "Window Color" link given at the bottom of the window. Keep the window open.
  2. Open a separate personalization window and apply the Windows Basic theme.
  3. Switch to the other personalization window that was opened at the start, uncheck and re-check the "Enable transparency" option and then click on the "Save changes" button. This will cause transparency effects to take effect.
  • In Windows 8 build 8432 and later, apply one of the "High Contrast" themes instead, and just click on the "Save Changes" button. However, this will instead enable a broken "glass" effect that results in the border to draw contents of the menu, icons, or other window above it to itself. Moving or resizing the window will also leave the trails of the title bar and cursor. Maximizing the windows will temporarily clear out those.
  • In Windows 10, even if you've unchecked "Title bars and window borders" in the Personalization section in the Settings app, window borders in the Aero Lite theme remain colored.

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