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 - 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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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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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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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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In Windows 7, Is there a way to snap a window to a quarter of the screen instead of half?

When I move a windows by the title bar to the left or side of the screen the windows "snaps" to the side and resizes itself to half the screen size. Is there a way to snap the windows to a quarter of ...
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How do I disable Aero Shake in Windows 7?

I'm always accidentally minimizing most of my windows. This is really annoying. How do I disable Aero Shake?
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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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Taskbar Preview Pane + Mouseover Info Text: Is it possible?

I've noticed a couple similar questions (ie. How to always show titles on Windows 7 Taskbar thumbail preview?), but wanted to throw this out there to see if anyone knew of a way to achieve my specific ...
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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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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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Windows 7 alt-tab window disappears to back when aero peek is enabled

There is a strange bug with Aero Peek and Alt-Tab where the Alt-Tab window itself is sent all of the way to the back, and is obscured by whatever window may be being previewed in front of it. While it ...
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Asus laptop not retaining Aero theme when unplugged

The problem i'm having occurs when i unplug my laptop, it disregards several elements of my theme. The taskbar gains "auto-hide". My desktop background is turned white. The transparency on my ...
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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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Windows 7 rightclick menu from toolbar like ALT-SPACE?

The menu containing Restore, Move, Resize, Minimize, Maximize and Close accessible through right click on a window titlebar or click on the upper left form icon, was before the new Aero stuff ...
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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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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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Is there a way to disable the “maximize” snap?

I love the left and right half screen snaps, but the top of the screen maximize snap is just annoying. Is there anyway to selectively disable that one? Related question: Is there any way to ...
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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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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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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 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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How to quickly enable and disable Aero in Windows 7?

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 ...
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Removing the blur on Windows 7's Aero theme

I want to make the window titles transparent but completely clear. I've tried changing the registry's DWORD HideBlur in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM\ to 1 to remove it, but without success. ...
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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 to re-enable aero effects in Windows 7 after it has crashed?

Ocassionally aero effects crash. Is there a way to re-enable the effects in Windows 7 after a crash happens? i.e. restarting a service or terminatating a process and letting it restart automaticially ...
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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 can I prevent Windows from disabling Aero?

Every time I attend a Webex meeting, after only a few minutes in, Windows determines that my performance is too low and disables Aero. This is not an issue with Webex. It's an issue with Windows ...
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Win7 Aero disabled due to mirror drivers following TightVNC use, cannot re-enable

I recently installed TightVNC, and used it to access my desktop from my phone. When I did so, my desktop reported that Aero had been disabled due to an application being run that didn't support it. I ...
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Free screenshot program that respects Aero's transparency layer [closed]

Wikipedia articles relating to post-Vista software contain images of windows using Aero that respect the original transparency layer instead of capturing the blurred render of what's underneath. ...
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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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Why does Desktop Window Manager leak memory or even crash?

My Desktop Window Manager memory usage keeps spiking and causing it to disable Aero, saying it ran out of allowed memory. DWM restarts and comes back up fine when I kill its process. Why is this ...
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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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Equivalent of Firefox Plugin “Aero Window Title” in Google Chrome

Windows 7 / Aero UI / Chrome Frame Issue. In Mozilla Firefox I use this plugin purely to stop my white-space above my tabs disappearing so that I can easily grab my window and move it around as I ...
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Distinction between active/inactive windows (titlebars) with Windows 7 Aero

I am running Windows 7 with Aero enabled and everything about my theme unchanged. I have tried various ways of adjusting colors and translucency, but I can't seem to find a way to make the active ...
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Why is Aero Snap not working and how do I turn it on?

I'm currently using my girlfriend's laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate but Aero Snap isn't working. Why is Aero Snap not working and how do I turn it on?
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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 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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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 does not reinitialize after remote access

First time this happened to me it was on my personal x64 PC at home. Now it's my work laptop: When I remote access into my PC, it disables Windows Aero. That's fine, I have no issue there. However, ...
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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 ...