To disable the glow on a Win7 Pro in Control Panel >System>Advanced System Settings > Performance > Settings > Visual Effects >Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop.
It may switch back to classic on clicking, simple un-cklick it and reselect your saved (minimalistic) areo theme.
Don’t forget to turn off transparency and in the customize windows look and feel box, also set your desktop to a dark colour, (or any of your choice) but, loads of colour pictures etc as a desktop do take up CPU cycles to maintain in the backround. click on all the borders and ensure there are not two col ours bleeding in any of the options, If there is just set colour 1 and 2 to the same.
Click and apply and there you have, no glowing fonts in areo!
Hope this of help to people like me who don’t like the glowing fonts!
Unchecked everything (except ‘Use visual styles…’) on ‘Visual Effects’
Turned off transparency in ‘Personalization -> Window Color’ (is this the right place?)
Still having this horrible glowing menu bar.
I think I’m getting old. Back in good old Windows 3 days I wrote software which hooked itself into Windows to make the user interface better (virtual desktops, context sensitive menus etc) and now I can’t even click the right buttons
This did not seem to work for me. I am not sure if I am missing something.
I am able to reduce the glowing effect by reducing the color intensity. This results in a grey menu like you posted. The only issue I see from this is that it is difficult to determine the active window since there is very little color difference between window title bars when reducing color intensity. Not bad - just a bit of a trade off.
No windup, it’s a bit like spending time mixing and matching a loop library using bits of windows themes (including the classic), with aero themes and colour mixing and, making the most of what SB have given us, you’ll eventually find a combination and feel thats pleasing to you. I’ve settled on the silky grey (see attached pics) because its almost a perfect match for Studio one 2 and sits very nicely with my C8 Pro colour scheme.
The windows aero “glowing fonts” are png graphics encoded into the whole structure of the OS. To actually remove them would mean spending weeks and weeks redesigning them in photoshop, then, hex editing binary files to get them back into the OS. You can make simple tweaks using regedit if you want and of course know what your doing, or use something like UXtheme for Win 7 to patch the dll’s (though you’d still need Photoshop).
Luckily you can make aero look more or less lke you want just using the preference tools which is what i’ve been doing. I’m more than happy with SB’s new look and feel for C8 and quite happy with they way i’ve managed to loose the impact of the glowing fonts in a very short time with simple tweaking.
For some one with a bit more time, ambition and braver than me, here’s a link to basic instructions for creating custom schemes. I’d rather you try than I !!!
Actually, it’s all hearsay really, we’ll be in 2015 in a few weeks and Feb sees the launch of Windows 10 which, (no doubt) Sb have been busy playing with for the last year, so who knows what the C8.xx will look like then? Tiles, aero and classic all in one?