Posts Tagged ‘aero’

Windows 7 Aero and Taskbar

November 4, 2008 Leave a comment

I had the chance today to do a native install of Windows 7 to enable the Aero interface. Below are some screenshots of the new taskbar in its full Aero glory, and switched to some of the few themes available. My favourite has to be the Windows 95 style, nothing like a new taskbar with 13 year old colours. No doubt the new taskbar will be changed and refined before Windows 7 launches, but isn’t it starting to look a bit like the Mac OS dock?

New Windows 7 Taskbar unlocked

November 3, 2008 Leave a comment

An article on has revealed today that the new Windows 7 taskbar is included in the PDC build. The steps involved (and a small program to run) are listed on the site, and I had a try this afternoon and can confirm that it works. It appears the new taskbar is not quite as advanced as the one shown, but it works. The first instruction didn’t work for me so I had to take ownership of explorer.exe through the GUI, but apart from that everything went as described. The gallery below shows the new taskbar in action (running in VMware fusion) so I will do a native install when I get time and take some more screenshots to see what the Aero interface does to improve appearances. Read more…

Windows 7 screenshots

November 2, 2008 Leave a comment

I had a chance this week to play with the latest available build of Windows 7. It doesn’t include the new taskbar which is a shame, as it’s icon only design looks to be borrowing a lot from Mac OS leopard’s. As a Mac user I haven’t spent much time with Windows Vista so I can’t really say much about the changes so far, but from what I can see a lot of the differences appear to be under the hood. I installed build 6801 in VMware fusion to get an idea of where the develpment was going, so here are some screenshots of the install and control panel. VMware still doesn’t enable acceleration of the interface so there’s no Aero bling at the moment, but when I get hold of a build with the new taskbar I will do a native install. Read more…