Verno wrote on Nov 19, 2012, 16:00: Also just a PSA for any Windows 8 gamers: fullscreen games still retain control of the display even while frozen. I have no clue why they changed this. This means a frozen game can force a reboot since you can't bring up Task Manager to force kill it for some reason. What I finally figured out was that they made Task Manager default "Always on top" to off when in every other version of Windows its on for precisely that reason. Tick it on and you can kill stuff again.
Thanks for the tip. Now if only someone could mod Aero Glass back in I'd be content. I've read that a guy was close to releasing that using code taken from earlier versions of 8 and supposedly MS sent him a DMCA. The current desktop color scheme is just so boring, it looks like windows 95.
Unfortunately Microsoft stripped out the DWM transparency code so I'm not sure how easy it would be to replace that. It also ignores a lot of the previous Win7 Aero settings so those would likely have to be re-implemented as well. I have no idea why they didn't just use the chromeless theme for low power devices and Aero for desktops, yet another tablet concession.