This is app is extremely simple, but performs an essential and possibly complicated task for Windows Vista customizers. It patches several DLLs that control Vista's appearance so that users can alter Vista to their liking. It's also freeware, making it a viable workaround for those who want to tweak Vista but don't want to pay for it. It also changes Aero so that it stays in effect on maximized screens.
There's not much else to the program. It absolutely will not work with Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidates. If you install Vista Glazz before removing the SP1 RC, simply uninstall the app and then SP1, and then reinstall the program. The interface is basic, there are no skins provided, and the EULA gives off the vague stench of unfounded fear.
Nevertheless, if you're looking for a simple solution to a potential nightmare, Vista Glazz may be the first step you'll need to take to pretty up Vista just the way you want.
Late January 2008, Microsoft released Windows Vista. One quite noticeable difference between XP and Vista is the new look-and-feel. Windows Vista employs the new Desktop Manager which, when powered by a DX9 GPU, adds a glass (transparent) look to your taskbar and windows. However, as soon as you maximize a window, the transparency disappears and the window borders turn to a solid color.
VistaGlazz alters a few key system files to prevent this behaviour, allowing you to keep the transparency enabled while having your windows maximized. A nice side effect to this is that by patching your system files, you are able to use 3rd party themes and styles to fully customize your Windows look and feel.
Some people prefer to stick with Windows XP SP3 or took it one step further than Vista and are now using Windows 7. VistaGlazz accommodates both these systems as well, allowing you to customize and enrich your Windows experience.
January 12, 2012
Version: VistaGlazz 2.4.1
when it wasn't an intrusive, money grubbing program. it was great! allowed me for the past 4 years to run custom themes and i came to download the latest version to do just that again with a new computer.
COMPLETELY INTRUSIVE ADWARE. will change all of your internet settings regardless of the boxes that you check and check.
that to me is the equivalent of a fishing scheme. (now Ive got to go threw the hassle of reverting everything)
this program should be removed from this site, and given a do not use warning.
Updated on May 13, 2012
I would like to place an update to this review however form the looks of it Cnet won't let me change the star rating. Currently I would mark it as a 4/5.
My original review was written after having their monetization stuff wreaked havoc on my systems defaults murdering everything and i was rather rash in my conclusion. However it was at that time correct for after unchecking all boxes it still installed that stuff. (still don't know if it was just a singular fluke or something Cnet did as the installer form Cnet at the time was different form the one given by Codegazer)
After recently getting prodded by Codegazers staff over my review and if I had ran in to some bug. I decided to give the programs installer another run and see if it would repeat its previous acts against my system. Thankfully it didn't and the installers received from both Codegazer and Cnet were identical this time around.
Seeing as my previous gripe with the program is now gone, I can comfortably give it a 4/5.
The setup is using InstallMonetizer, which is a valid trusted US company just like OpenCandy. You are in no way forced to install the offers. Please contact CodeGazer if you have any further questions.