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I want to disable aero, however I don't have admin rights the admin has blocked Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization and I haven't found another way to do it, does anybody know if it's possible?

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Without administrator rights you can't enable/disable Aero from command prompt or hack the registry. But how about right click on the Desktop→Personalize and then choose the Windows 7 Basic or classic theme. I think you can do this without Administrative Rights.

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I wish I could, even that's restricted... –  DarkAjax Mar 5 '13 at 22:36
On my Windows 7 i can do that without Administrator rights, but it seems that the Administrator changed the group policy on your PC. That means there is no way to change the design with restricted rights. –  Devid Mar 5 '13 at 22:41

the command to stop Aero is

net stop uxsms

But it wont work without admin rights

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If you can find a way to execute the following command, you should be able to open the relevant Control Panel page. Try saving it into a .bat file and opening it.

%windir%\system32\control.exe desk.cpl,Themes,@Themes
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Thanks for the advice, I can actually get to that window, but the option to select another theme is greyed out... –  DarkAjax Mar 5 '13 at 22:48

Go to start menu, type run, type "control sysdm.cpl" then go to the 'Advanced' tab click settings under performance. Then at the bottom of that list, make sure that visual styles is selected. If it already is selected, unselect it and then select it again. Press apply and enjoy!

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Hit Shift+Alt+PrtScn (Print Screen). When a box pops up asking to continue hit “Yes.” This will allow you to change the theme.

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"Left Alt+left Shift+Print Screen: Turn High Contrast on or off" –  zagrimsan Sep 19 at 3:42
@zagrimsan: The question asks about disabling something and this disables something, so they're sort of similar, if you squint a little. :-) –  fixer1234 Sep 19 at 4:42
@fixer1234 Well, as I don't have Windows here now available, I can only assume that the intended effect is to disable Aero by enabling high contrast mode, and that way it would do what OP asked but it will do also something extra (which the OP probably didn't ask for), and I'd guess that is what the down-votes point at. I've once managed to disable Aero by getting Windows to think I had performance issues with it, but I won't post that as an answer, though :) –  zagrimsan Sep 19 at 5:25

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