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September 22, 2010


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How to (sort of) get Truetransparency on Win7

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 22, 2010, 9:29 AM
A lot of people ask me how to make TrueTransparency play nice with Windows 7.

The short answer is: You can... well sort of.

Here are the general problems (I'm going to assume people with Win7 are on the 64-bit version, or Win7 x64).

1) Explorer windows are not skinned (or any 64-bit programs for that matter).
2) Explorer windows skin, but the toolbar is completely transparent.

First, you will need both TrueTransparency x86 and x64.
For your convenience, here is a zip with both (x64 can be hard to find):…

To skin all windows, you will need to run both the TrueTransparency.exe in the TrueTransparency x64 AND TrueTransparency x86 folders.

At this point, all windows should be skinned (with the exclusion of "special" windows like Google chrome, Command Prompt, GIMP/Photoshop, Task Manager, etc.

You may notice that the explorer toolbar is completely transparent. There are two workarounds for this.

One involves removing the toolbar from your current theme using Windows Style Builder or a resource editor. (In stylebuilder, using the left navigation pane, go: Toolbars, Headers and Rebar > Rebar > NavBar > Basic > Base > Band Put last value -33. This effectively gives the toolbar a negative height, preventing it from being drawn.)

The simpler method is to simply disable Aero and just use the basic windows (although I can't find a way to do this... hmmm maybe some of you will know).

When you use TT, sometimes programs will hang and become unresponsive. Simply kill both TT processes in task manager and you programs should run again. You can start up TT after those are done.

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spowsleuh Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Whenever I start windows, only truetransparency(x32) starts. I can't set truetransparency x64 to start after boot.
ganknevets Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
LOL. SUP SANG. Wow bro. I gave up on TT while on Win 7 X64 SP1. TT will not work correctly. I admire you for coming up with this solution. I finally got the hang of Restorator! LOL
Mr-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I have done this "In stylebuilder, using the left navigation pane, go: Toolbars, Headers and Rebar > Rebar > NavBar > Basic > Base > Band Put last value -33"

Now when I log off the computer wont let me back in. I have to log on with another account and delete the theme. Do U know what I did wrong?
nanu08 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Same probs here...
djeos546 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Errr, another way to fix the Aero fullglass glitch ??
FaithFX Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist
Hey *MangoSango !

Thanks for the nice help. But could you help me? I don't have Windows Style Builder and I want to ask you if you could remove the toolbar from this VS [link] It would be much appreciated!
The TT problem with foobar I try to figure it out by myself.

I would be glad about help (:
gummysauce Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Do you have any idea how to fix the firefox bug?
When I maximize firefox, the tabs and address bar will be hidden.
When I minimize it, part of the tabs will be hidden :(
mangosango Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Interface Designer
From what I gather, firefox is using some sort of hack to draw its tabs over the aero window's titlebar (like google chrome does with its tabs). The problem is, is that truetransparency draws over the entirety of the windows titlebar (thus covering up your tabs in the process).

A workaround would be to use the older 3.xx style of firefox tabs (that are below the titlebar). You can also use the truetransparency exclude manager (which should be accessible via the tray) to exclude firefox from the skinned app list.

Probably not the fix you were hoping for, but I hope it helps!
gummysauce Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Aah i think i'd rather exclude it then, thanks for the help, it definitely helped :D
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