Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Distorted Vision, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. Can anyone please tell me if its possible to get the transparent glass menu
    effect in classic windows start menu? I don't understand why this is not
    available. I just don't like the new start menu but the transparent glass
    effect is helpful because I have so many applications installed and my start
    menu is long and I don't like using personalised menus.

    Many thanks!
    Distorted Vision, Feb 8, 2007
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    Saucy Lemon Guest


    Someone might theme a 'Classic' them to work with Aero sometime in the
    future e.g. via Stardock or somesuch, but the 'Classic' themes as they are
    now, when applied, turn off Aero and make little use of translucency.

    When Areo is turned off, Vista handles graphics differently than when Aero
    is on. When off, Vista works like Windows XP. Now Windows XP could do
    transparency to some extent, but the themes supplied with Vista simply don't
    make use of it.

    I like 'Classic' too, but not for the menus, just because I can get the
    windows to have the bright colours I like.

    But here's an idea. You can organize your menus. If you have long lists of
    similar apps, you can put them all in a folder e.g. "Internet Apps" or
    "Media Viewers" or whatever you think is appropriate. Then the Start menu
    shortens and is much easier to deal with. For instance you can put all your
    browsers, email programs, instant messengers, FTP programs etc. into
    "Internet Apps". Then the menus shortened. In other words, a shorter list of
    top level categories.

    You can organize the system wide menu items here:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    And menu items only for you, here:
    C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    where %UserName% is your, well, user name. You may have to unhide hidden
    files and folders to see the "ProgramData" folder, you do that with Folder
    Options found in the Control Panel .. turn on Control Panel's "Classic View"
    to get to it.

    Saucy Lemon
    Saucy Lemon, Feb 8, 2007
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    Opinicus Guest

    Oh well there goes the last nail in the coffin of Vista Premium. Basic it
    shall be!

    Thanks for the clear-cut statement. I've been trying to get one on this
    issue for a couple of days.
    Opinicus, Feb 8, 2007
  4. Thanks for the reply. But I'm not using Classic Theme just classic start
    menu. Aero Glass is still running and I have transparent window bars etc. So
    I'm wondering if its still possible with a registry hack or something.

    Many thanks!
    Distorted Vision, Feb 8, 2007
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