If you run Windows Vista or Windows 7 with the Aero enabled, which most of you probably due considering that it is the default setting for brand new installations, you may have noticed that the configuration options of Aero are limited.
What you can do is to pick a color in the Windows Color and Appearance control panel, enable transparency, set the color intensity and under color mixer, change values for hue, saturation and brightness.
Turning off transparency for instance can be very handy if you take screenshots regularly of open windows and programs in the OS.
Still, there are more settings available that are not listed in the control panel applet. That's were Aero Tuner, a tool to demonstrate how DWM, the Desktop Window Manager, can be controlled with a software.
The developer has posted an extensive (Russian) article on the tool and the settings which you can find here.
The Aero Tuner application is linked at the bottom. Non-Russian reading users who are interested in the article may want to use Google Chrome, or an online translation service to translate the article into another language.
The portable app displays all settings in its interface on startup. It is possible to select the main and glow colors separately, which makes only sense if transparency is activated.
Four sliders are available under the Parameters section to control the color balance, after glow color balance, blur balance and aero stripes.
Changes are immediately visible in all open windows. A click on Save changes writes the new settings to the Windows Registry so that they become the new parameters for Windows Aero on the system.
You can download Aero Tuner from the developer's website over at Winreview.ru.Advertisement
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