Have you ever noticed how the glass frame of a window loses its transparency in Windows Vista upon maximizing it? Does it drive you positively criz-azy? If so, you’re not alone.
In fact, enough people have complained about what was, apparently, a well-thought-out user interface characteristic that the thoroughly-intelligent guys at CodeGazer have authored a free application to give you back that Aero glass effect even if you have a window maximized. VistaGlazz is its name and it just recently got updated to version 1.1 in order to support Windows Vista SP1.
“If your videocard is DirectX9 certified and Windows Aero is activated you’ll notice the new transparency look. Normally in Windows Vista, the transparency only lasts until you maximize a window. VistaGlazz ensures transparency, even when your windows are maximized.”
In addition to enabling glass-on-maximize, the application also patches the driving force behind Windows themes, uxtheme.dll, to enable you to use alternative themes in Windows Vista.