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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Windows 7 Aero Force on unsupported Graphic card

I'm new and this is my first question. Can i force Aero on Windows 7 Ultimate? i have a unsupported graphic card vga, 1gb ram, intel 915g, pentium 4, vga, etc. I tried with Blur, Animations and ...
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Window 8.1 Aero reducing FPS

So I recently played Neptunia 1 on Steam. It was not a demanding game of any kind, and i'm 99.999% sure that my PC can run it. If I run the game on Full Screen, I got a steady 59-60 FPS. However, if I ...
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How can I change the Window Title text and background colors on Windows 8.1?

I have tried certain registry edits to resolve this in the past without success. I'd like a black active-window title bar, but when it's changed the typical aero way the font has such little contrast ...
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How to have a solid color desktop background with AERO theme enabled on Windows 7?

I need the Aero theme enabled on my Windows 7 machine because a program I use requires it (Sticky Previews). However, I want a solid color as my desktop background. (I want this because I am ...
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Can i create shortcuts to turn on/off windows 7 aero function?

According to my question heading, is it possible to create desktop shortcuts to turn on/off Windows AERO ? If yes how can i do it ?
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Why can't I disable Aero Shake with the Group Policy & Registry editors?

I am running Windows 7 Professional (SP1) 64-bit. Why does disabling the Aero Shake feature in the Registry and Group Policy editors have no effect for me? I have followed every guide I can find, but ...
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IE 8 Loading Icon's location

Where is the IE 8 loading icon stored (Win 7)? "aero_busy.ani" (in C:\Windows\Cursors) does not contain 16x16 images. Thank you.
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Is there a way to set a windows color theme for a specific application?

I would like to use a dark theme in source tree. However, this is actually not implemented and it seems the only way to do this is to change the windows theme (which will impact ALL applications, ...
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Missing services for Aero Glass on Windows 10? [duplicate]

As suggested in this thread http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-desktop/windows-color-and-appearance-no-aero/ada52f54-8a09-4c5a-95ba-05dc9375fd9a I tried to locate Desktop ...
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Transparent window backgrounds/titlebars in Windows 10 [duplicate]

Just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Found the lack of colored window titlebars to be quite annoying (Chrome, in particular, looked absurd with a white titlebar background), but was able to ...
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How can I update window/title color in Windows 10?

I mean the this: I was able to set a color for the new taskbar and start menu. It is even a little transparent and the background is blurry, like in Windows 7 from which I've updated. Aero Glass is ...
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Is it possible to enable Aero Glass again in Windows 10 for Windows titles?

I've updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and I miss the Aero Glass transparency that I had in Windows 7. How can I enable this again?
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aero with very large window sizes

when i create multiple really large windows with opengl (2 windows, each of them 13440+1080 pixels) aero turns off resulting in animation tearing. The video card (W8000) has 4GB memory, so there ...
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Change the Color of Menu Bar while using Aero Theme

I can't find how to change the color of Windows 7 menu bar while using Aero theme. I only want to change the Menu Bar's color. The default Basic and High Contrast Themes themes of Windows 7 can ...
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Need help extracting Windows 7 Enterprise aero.theme file

Ok SuperUsers, I need help extracting the native aero.theme file. (Not the downloaded themepacks). This is the one that ships natively with Windows 7 Enterprise. Specifically I am looking to get the ...
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How to reliably trigger “color scheme performance” popup in Windows 7?

This question is specifically about Windows Embedded Standard 7, however I believe it is relevant for non-embedded Windows 7 also. I am using an i7-2600 / i7-2600K with Intel HD2000/HD3000 graphics. ...
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Windows 7 changes from aero to basic simultaneously on two computers in the same network

So me and my girlfriend have two computers in the same network. Our computers just switched to aero basic at the exact same time, and then returned to normal aero almost same time aswell. Our ...
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Windows 7 keeps turning off Aero theme, how to disable such annoyance [duplicate]

I run my daily work load in Windows 7 inside a VMware Workstation 11.1 VM, with 3 monitors(VM using all 3 monitors in full screen mode). The graphics performance inside VM is not so fast, and quite ...
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Can only snap into predefined areas

So I've been experiencing a really weird problem since a couple of days (on Windows 8). First of all, the Windows + arrow combination won't snap my applications to the left or right anymore. They ...
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Taskbar aeropeek preview and Alt-Tab auto close on Windows 7 [duplicate]

I wanted to reply to the following thread: taskbar icon preview (and Alt+Tab icon preview) disappears quickly But I am not allowed to. So I am created another here to share my experience. First, the ...
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Windows 8.1: Aero Snap Artifact Left on Screen

I am using Windows 8.1, with this program (Re-Adds Aero Glass. Obviously the Aero Snap and similar features are still included in Win8.1, even if the Glass effects aren't, which I'm using the program ...
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Disable Start Menu background blur

I want to remove the blur effect pictured below from the start menu. I have already found solutions for window frames and the taskbar, yet the start menu remains unaffected. How would I go about doing ...
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How does Windows Aero work?

I'm unaware if this is a super-secret Microsoft formula, but it sure as heck is interesting. There are several aspects of Windows Aero that are interesting, but the main priority is, How does ...
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Desktop GUI Environment vs. Gaming Graphics

This quetion stems from my noticing that my Windows 7 Experience ratings for Aero Desktop Performance is significantly less than the rating for Gaming Graphics. I built an AMD 8-core APU. The Windows ...
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Aero - Windows 7 aero themes are greyed out [duplicate]

I tried with all options: To start Themes Service, Desktop Windows manager, etc. all the running. I also tried "gpedit.msc" > and set Prevent Theme Changes setting to "Not Configured", etc. I also ...
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is there any way to modify the strength of blur in AERO in windows 7?

One other question of mine other than the one already in the title is, how exactly does the blur in windows work? How does it work so smoothly when being dragged compared to when it is artificially ...
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Aero transitions not active at startup

I'm facing this weird problem. Every time I startup my pc, aero transitions (e.g. windows fade in on open, fade out on close, reduce to taskbar etc..) are not active. I need to go to System ...
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Windows Aero stopped working after NVIDIA Driver update

I updated Nvidia Driver from 306.97 to 337.88. Aero stopped working right after the installation was finished. I have tried using Troubleshooting, re-running Windows Experience Index assessment, ...
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Find out what program is using mirror drivers

I can't get access to Aero transparency themes in Windows 7. The troubleshooter says that I need to close programs that are using mirror drivers in order for that to work. I've looked through my task ...
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Thin, non-resizable window borders are displayed incorrectly

On my PC with Windows 7 SP 1, the borders of all non-resizable windows (for example all dialog boxes or the calculator) look like the left of the two images below. The border is far too thin and ...
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How do I re-enable Aero without resetting all my personalizations?

Windows 7 must have thought I wanted to disable Aero to speed up me alt-tabbing in and out of Titanfall, and now it won't give it back to me in a nice easy manner. What I invariably seem to have to ...
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Event ID 9009 — “The Desktop Window Manager has exited with code”

I've looked all over the place for an answer to this, and none of the things I've found have seemed to fit my situation. I have a brand new Dell laptop with Windows 7 64-bit. The problem I'm having ...
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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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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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How does Windows 7 calculate the color to use for taskbar “color hot-tracking”?

This has intrigued me for quite some time. Does anyone know the algorithm Windows 7 Aero uses to determine the colour to use as the hot-tracking hover highlight on taskbar buttons for ...
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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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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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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?