How to enable Aero Glass for Start Menu in Windows 10 [Tip]

Last week at Build 2015 conference, Microsoft released build 10074 for Windows 10. With this build, the company also rebranded Windows 10 Technical Preview to Windows 10 Insider Preview. One important change in this build is that they’re bringing back Aero Glass for Start Menu. However, Microsoft noted that they’re doing an A/B test with this feature, which means 50% of the testers will get Aero Glass, and the remaining 50% won’t have that luck. In this post, we’ll show how to enable Aero Glass even if you didn’t get it in build 10074.

blur_startmenu_10074_2

Before doing this, you should back up your Registry because you’ll have to modify some of it.

  • Open Registry by typing “regedit” into the search box on the Taskbar and launch Registry.
  • Now navigate to this location:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\themes\personalize
  • In the right panel, double click EnableBlurBehind. Then enter “1” into the Value Data field.
  • Finally, don’t forget to restart your device to apply the change.

blur_startmenu_10074

And that’s it!

Related Posts

  • BearPup

    Hello Tu,
    I didn’t put it together that we were guinea pigs for surreptitious testing like you ascribe. I happen to me one of the Insiders who got, and have been commenting to Microsoft on, Build 10074 . Mine came with Aero enabled.

    However for me personally, one of the first things I did in Build 10074 was to change the transparency ‘feature’ to a solid color so my eyes wouldn’t be ‘distracted’ by a changing background. Transparency plays hell with icons, too.

    Regards,
    BearPup