Windows Vista Aero Color Transform

Martin Brinkmann
May 22, 2007
Updated • Feb 25, 2014

I discovered a nice Windows Vista utility to change the appearance of the Aero Glass theme a while ago on the Cybernetnews website. The normal Windows Vista style has a static color while the Vista Color Transform application enables the system to change colors over time.

The software offers a pre-defined set of colors that have names such as Patriotic, My Eyes!! and Winter displaying small preview images of the colors that are cycled through. If you take Winter for example you see white and icy colors when you click on edit.

Previewing colors used by the application is one thing, but the option to create your own color cycles is entirely different. That's great if you want to customize the colors based on the wallpaper or theme of your operating system.

The program adds more "bling" to the operating system but does not really improve your daily work routine in any way.

It does however offer an interesting option for notebook users.

You may either change the color to a darker one when you use the notebook battery only which would result in lesser power consumption or change the color according to the battery life. This would cycle the color from white to a darker color as well depending on the power level of the battery.


If you like to customize your operating system beyond what Microsoft has envisioned for it, or if you are using a mobile device running Vista, then you may find the Aero Color Transform application useful.

Update: The website the program was hosted on is no longer available. We have removed the link from this article to reflect that. It is however also available on Vista123 from where you can still download it to your local system to use it. Please note that the program is only compatible with Windows Vista and not with newer versions of Windows.

To use the program, you simply run it on your copy of Vista and either select one of the default color schemes that you want to use or use the edit option to create your own color scheme if you are not comfortable using any of the default schemes the program makes available.

Update 2: The Vista123 website is also no longer available. You can still download a copy from our own server though. (Download Removed)


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  1. Andrew said on September 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I know there is a write up about this but no mention to what app it is or where to download, Really helpfull eh?

  2. Bow Bow said on March 5, 2009 at 4:01 am

    how do i download it?

  3. Master said on July 30, 2007 at 6:33 am

    I have been looking for a way to change the taskbar color and this program does something even better , It alternates.. I wonder why its not so popular when so many people are looking for a way to do it.

  4. Martijn Smitshoek said on July 7, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Sorry to disappoint laptop owners
    your screen will use *exactly* the same amount of power whether it shows completely white or completely black.
    There is a lamp behind your screen that burns continuously, regardless of your display colors.
    The only way to save power is to turn that lamp down. Some laptops can do that.

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