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Published: June 15, 2015 | Applies to:

Learn how to improve your Windows 10 system performance by disabling Aero glass transparency from Start, taskbar & Action Center.

Aero glass transparency is the visual effect that is available in taskbar, Start Menu etc. Microsoft introduced it in Windows Vista but take it away in Windows 8. You can try some tweaks to make it available for Windows 8 and 8.1:

WinAeroGlass : Get Windows 7 Like Aero Glass In Windows 8

Still, many customers are fan of Aero effect and to please them, Microsoft has offered some the Aero glass transparency effects in Windows 10. The visual effect for Windows 10 is pronounced in Start (Menu and Screen), taskbar, notifications or action center.

Here is how it looks:

How To Disable Aero Glass Transparency From Start, Taskbar & Action Center In Windows 10

Recommended : How to enable Start Screen in Windows 10

The reason behind Microsoft taken away Aero effects in Windows 8 is to improve system performance. It’s not only Aero but there are many factors such as animations, flash etc. which reduces system performance. Thus in case, if you want to avoid your system performance from being sluggish in Windows 10, you can disable the Aero glass transparency.

Manually Disable Aero Glass Transparency From Start, Taskbar & Action Center In Windows 10

There are two ways you can do this:

WAY 1 : Disable Manually From Settings App

1. Open Settings app and pick Personalization option as highlighted here:

How To Enable Start Screen In Windows 10

2. In the Personalization screen, select Colors from left pane. In the corresponding right pane, look for the Make Start, taskbar and action center transparent option. The option is enabled by default, so kindly disable it.

How To Disable Aero Glass Transparency From Start, Taskbar & Action Center In Windows 10

Thus, in this way the Aero glass transparency effects are instantaneously removed from your Windows 10. If you want to force Windows 10 to remove these effects, try the registry steps mentioned below:

WAY 2 : Disable Forcefully Using Registry Manipulation

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

2. Moving on, in the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

How To Disable Aero Glass Transparency From Start, Taskbar & Action Center In Windows 10

3. In the right pane of above shown window, look for the registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) named EnableTransparency which must be having its Data set to 1 by default. You have to double click on it and make it 0 by inputting 0 as Value data. Click OK when you’re done and close the Registry Editor.

Restart Windows Explorer from Task Manager to make your made changes effective:

How To Disable Aero Glass Transparency From Start, Taskbar & Action Center In Windows 10

That’s it! Go here to checkout how to completely disable OneDrive integration in Windows 10.


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