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I share my screen with colleagues a lot. During sharing, it's advisable to turn off Aero as it generates much more graphics to send over the wire and causes delays in screen sharing. Some screen sharing applications actually do this for you, and some don't.

I'm looking for a quick and convenient way to switch on/off Aero on Windows 7. Ultimately, if I could tie it to a hotkey, that would be best, but any widget/tray-icon or desktop shortcut would do.

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What software are you using that doesn't do this FOR YOU when you turn on screen sharing? :/ I can't think of any mainstream ones that don't support it by now. – Shinrai Nov 11 '10 at 15:28
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Create a batch file with the following content:

@echo off
sc interrogate uxsms | find "1062"
if %errorlevel%==0 goto :sc_start
sc stop uxsms

sc start uxsms

Executing it will alternatively turn Aero on and off. You can place it anywhere you like. AFAIK it does not need to be executed as Admin.

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This seems to require admin mode on windows 7. Regardless, this is excellent. – Frank V Feb 25 '13 at 1:00

You can try:

c:\> sc stop uxsms

c:\> sc start uxsms
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