Aero is the graphical user interface and default theme in Microsoft Windows 7. It provides new functionality such as aero-peek (preview) and transparent window title bars.

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Aero failure and errors after power loss

After a recent power loss I experienced, I rebooted (more slowly than usual) to find that Windows Aero failed to load (a High Contrast theme was loaded similar to Windows Classic and Aero themes were ...
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Allow desktop composition is missing from Group Policy - Windows 7 Ultimate - RDP

I have two Windows 7 Ultimate machines both with SP1 and all updates installed of course. Both machines can run Aero and everything. They are both new and modern machines, you get the idea. But ...
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Mouse focus on Popup window

I have a very anoying issue with my Win7. I have a Dell Latitude E6430, I recently installed win7 and I didn't have the Aero theme because my Intel Graphic driver was obsolete. I searched in the web ...
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Windows suddenly treats fullscreen as half of actual screen

Sometimes, after I unlock my computer, the windows are all half the size of the screen and when using the maximize button they do not expand to fill the whole screen. This also affects the Aero Snap ...
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disable automatic disabling of aero when computer is “slow” under win 7? [duplicate]

When I play games it will sometimes disable aero automatically (strangely, this happens despite the fact that my fps is fine). It's a hassle to re-enable it every time. Is there a way to disable this ...
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Window 7 Brightness slider disappeared and my display looks blotchy

I restarted my laptop yesterday and realised that my display looked blotchy, the aero has no smooth transitions from transparent to visible streaks , videos with rich color look blotchy and pictures ...
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Firefox personas: Keep title bar default (transparent on Windows 7)

In firefox, is there a way to apply personas to everywhere but the titlebar? I quite like the aero glass look of the default theme, but I would like to apply some personas to the rest of the window. ...
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Aero Glass on windows 8.1

Hi I have been trying to get Aero Glass effect on Windows 8.1. In windows 8 I have been using Aero Glass software from here http://glass8.berlios.de/download.html But on windows 8.1 I can't use the ...
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Will 128MB video card be enough for Windows 7 Aero with two 720p monitors connected? [closed]

I'm going to buy a replacement AGP video card for parents' decade old Athlon XP 3200+ computer. It has Radeon 9000 with 64MB now. This videocard is crippled under Windows 7 (no WDDM driver) and it ...
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Windows couldn't shutdown, then It starts without aero

Yesterday I turned off my pc which has Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. It didn't turn off so I forced it off as it was getting late. Now I turn it on to find out that stuff like windows aero didn't load. ...
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How do you turn off Aero Glass on an underpriveleged account?

The computers at my university all have the Aero Glass theme enabled which makes many things unresponsive. The student accounts here have reduced privileges (no control panel, no accessibility ...
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What are the geographic locations depicted in Windows Aero theme?

Does anyone know the geographic locations of photos displayed in Windows' 7 Aero theme, specifically for United States and Landscapes themes? I need to visit these places.
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How to change active window shadow color in Windows 8 from black to a different color?

In windows XP it was easy to see which window is active. In Win 8 it is hard. In order to improve the usability, one could exploit the shadow on active window. Is it possible to change in the aero ...
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Various Windows 7 problems, but can't repair install

My installation of Windows 7 has been having some issues. Aero refuses to work (Microsoft's FixIt tool says my video card (a GTX 260) isn't capable of it, even though it's worked fine for years), ...
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Software based compositing on windows 7

This has been bothering me for ages. I have an oldish computer that I use just for internet etc..but it has an Intel GMA 900, so no aero. But how come if I remote desktop to it, it can have aero ...
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Windows 7 Aero theme's “greyed out” - no found fix

I've got this machine for over an year now, and last friday, I shut it down normally, but on the other day I rebooted it, and it took a long time to load, as well as it changed to "Classic theme", ...
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How to enable aero with windows 7 [duplicate]

I just reinstalled windows 7 on my computer, and aero is not working anymore. I did not change any hardware or drivers, and aero worked before reinstalling windows. I am using a nVidia GeForce GTX ...
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What does windows experience index test?

What underlying benchmarks does windows experience index (winsat) test? Some specific questions are: Does the processor score include single-threaded performance? Is memory score based on the speed ...
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Is it possible to use Windows Aero in remote desktop between Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8?

I have machines running Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8 Pro. I have tried remote desktop sessions with different combinations and I have found that Aero only works when I ...
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Use Windows 7 classic theme but keep features like peek?

Is there a way to enable aero peek on the Windows 7 classic theme?
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How to turn off aero shake?

Hi I'm using Windows 7 64 bit Professional edition. I've tried disabling aero shake in by: Adding an entry in registry Disabling the policy in the policy editor Yet it just wont go away. I'm ...
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Is it possible to disable aero on Windows 7 without admin rights?

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 ...
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How does Windows Aero prevent screen tearing?

When Windows Aero is on, there isn't any screen tearing, as opposed to when using the Basic theme without Aero. Why, though, do games with vertical sync seem to have a much greater input lag than ...
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Is there any way to prevent Windows 7 from disabling Aero?

Periodically (anywhere from once to 5+ times per day) my Windows 7 machine will switch off Aero and revert to the Basic theme. I wrote a batch file which I run as administrator in order to reverse ...
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Windows Basic Theme seems to make gpu related stuff slower

When I have the windows basic theme (the one that disables aero), smooth scrolling (in firefox and chrome- enabled in the flags section) seem to run worse - lower fps - than if I was using the Aero ...
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Mac Alternative to Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection That Supports Aero? [on hold]

I am experimenting with an Amazon EC2 server running Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter. I would like to have the machine run a theme (preferably Aero) other than Classic. Is there an alternative app ...
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What's the reason aero turns off and then sometimes comes back again?

Just now it happened, and after a couple minutes it turned back on, which is not something that happened before. Before this I have only seen it turning off by itself and I had to restart it after a ...
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Windows 7 “maximum memory” boot option oddity and performance impact

Situation: I have a DELL Precision M4500 laptop with Win7 Pro 64bit. Yesterday I upgraded from 8GB RAM to 16GB RAM (2 slots) [As an aside, upgrading was a bit of a gamble because there is a lot of ...
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How can I make taskbar and title bar un-transparent when maximize a window in Windows 7?

This way, I can be more concentrated on the window, not be disturbed by those transparency stuff in taskbar and title bar. Yes I know I can disable window transparency but this is not what I want. In ...
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IE10 preview on Win 7 killed aero

After I installed the IE10 preview on Win 7 and rebooted, I'm stuck with basic theme (non-aero). I tried to uninstall IE10 and switch back and forth between "adjust for performance" and "adjust for ...
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Permanent fix for “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning? [duplicate]

I have a problem where dwm.exe keeps suggesting I disable Aero to improve my performance whenever I play either Battlefield 3 or Anno 2070. I get three choices: Disable Aero Don't disable but ask ...
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Aero not working after Windows 7 update

After the latest Windows 7 update, the Windows Aero theme has stopped working. I have tried restarting services, switching themes, etc. Redone the indexing and is at 7.1 score. The Windows Aero ...
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Aero themes aren't activated on Sony VAIO running Windows 7

I have a Sony VAIO laptop SVE15111EN with Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit running. The Aero themes are not activated. The troubleshooter says The current video card may support Aero with a driver that ...
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Aero Glass/Transparent window borders in Windows 8?

While I'm really liking Windows 8, I do miss having the semi-transparent borders round my windows, like with Aero Glass in Windows 7. I note that the taskbar in Windows 8 is semi-transparent... Is ...
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Speeding up windows 7 aero animations

I am looking for a way to change the duration of Win7 aero animations Animation examples: Minimize/Maximize window Show context menu and menu items (right click etc) Peed desktop from right-bottom ...
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Windows 7 - easiest way to tell whether AERO / DWM is enabled?

From this article I have learnt, that DWM is enabled only with AERO: Let’s recall: without Aero turned on, the DWM is deactivated, so there’s also no more 2D acceleration, either (this applies ...
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My Windows 7 is not giving good graphics ie., my minimising and maximisation of Windows is not done as squashed and released

My minimising and maximising of Windows is not done as squashed and released it is done directly. I used tuneup utilities then it give me some recommendations then I accepted all of them from then it ...
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Aero Effect disables automatically

Some months ago I have my windows 7 aero effect enabled, and there is no problem. But now I have problems when using aero effect (I mean aero theme). First when using aero theme, minimizing windows ...
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Why does Aero blur fail to blur under Magify Lens? [closed]

Here's a screenshot of what I mean: And here I've replaced the zoomed in part fully The zoomed in part is always clearer and less blurred. How does that happen?
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Can I enable window drop shadows in Windows 8?

Windows 7 Aero used to have a drop shadows on the windows, which was great because you could easily tell which window was active. See below: Is there a setting to get the drop shadow back in ...
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How to get Windows 8 Release Preview Aero lite Theme in Windows7?

So, I find myself liking the default wpf theme for the aerolite visual style in Windows 8 RP After a little digging, I found a few files called PresentationFramework.Aero2.ni.dll. I was ...
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Disable Aero on Windows 8?

Does anyone know how to disable Aero on Windows 8 (currently Release Preview)? Note: Contrary to what many places mention, I believe this should still be possible, because you can see it during the ...
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Windows Aero Theme Not Responding-Stays on Classic

I'm attempting to change a computer (running on Windows 7) to the new Aero theme. The only problem is it stays on classic. I've tried going to the Personalizing section and choosing the Aero but the ...
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How to Unregister Windows aero hotkeys?

Salve! I just switched from WindowsXP to Windows7. Now, I want to use the global hotkeys win+right, win+left, shift+win+right, etc., for something else, but find that they are already taken by ...
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Why is dwm.exe using so much memory?

I've scoured the web, but I'm sick of reading "scan your computer for viruses" and "upgrade your RAM" on answers to similar questions to this. I understand that dwm.exe is for (simply put) caching ...
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How to disable/remove mouse click mapping to Windows Flip 3D?

When I press left and right mouse button at the same time, windows 7 arranges all windows in 3d space diagonally for me to pick one. I don't know what it's called. Any idea on how to disable it?
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Windows 7 Aero Peek Click Desktop

Is there a way to enable clicking your desktop icons when you have Windows 7 Aero Peek Desktop showing? The hotkey for this Im using is: WinKey+Space
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Just installed Windows 7, some things not working out-of-the-box

My Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop is a little under a year old now. It came with Windows 7 x64. When I first bought it Windows Aero was working fine. Anyway, it got infected with trillions of viruses ...
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Mirror drivers don't support Aero effects

I can't enable Aero effects on Windows 7 Enterprise edition. I'm at a loss of how to enable it. Thanks for the help! Let me know whether I could include anything else which would be helpful! Here are ...
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Is there a way to see GPU System Memory broken down process-by-process?

I am trying to figure out which app in my system is responsible for the memory spikes (note that the spikes are seen on GPU tab). Here's a question that spawned this one. EDIT To show System ...