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I want to disable certain effects, for example window minimize/maximize animations, window border blur, title text background blur, etc.

Where are these settings located on Windows 7?

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They cannot be modified. You get all or nothing with Aero. –  user3463 Jan 23 '11 at 17:40
I found out how now! I'll answer my own question, take a look. –  winuser Jan 23 '11 at 17:51
@Randolph Potter: @Winuser is talking about the graphical effects such as the shadow behind a mouse or the window effect when maximizing or minimizing windows, etc. Not necessarily related to Aero, at least directly. If you don't know what I mean, follow his instructions... –  studiohack Jan 23 '11 at 18:08
Righto. I stand corrected. –  user3463 Jan 23 '11 at 18:14

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  • Press Win+R (the Run command)
  • Then type: systempropertiesadvanced
  • Then click the Settings button next to Performance.
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Alternatively, for a more standard (and also more user-friendly) approach, open the start menu and type 'Adjust the appearance' into the search box. Next, open the first matching item in the expanding result list (named 'Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows') and you'll arrive at the exact same menu. –  Priidu Jul 31 '14 at 12:54

As noted above, you can't really change the look of Aero, but for things like your cursor and your toolbar settings, you can change those. For the cursor, go into "personalize" and there should be a "change mouse cursor" option in the window. For the toolbar, right click on it and select properties.

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