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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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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How do I get Windows 7 to highlight my icons again?

You know when your mouse goes over a desktop icon in Windows 7, a small box appears around it highlighting it? It's gone on my computer. And it annoys me because usually when I'm waiting for a program ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 7 Aero effects disabled after safe-mode booting

Last week I started my Windows 7 laptop in safe-mode. Since then, even if it boots normally, the Aero effects are disabled. It comes back after running the Aero troubleshooter. The diagnostic message ...
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Windows 7 taskbar bug

I installed Advanced System Care to try to change my settings for Aero Peek. Now I have this rendering bug in my taskbar. I can't seem to undo the changes I've made and I get this every time - how ...
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Aero Previews Stop Working Sporadically

This problem is a little difficult to diagnose, but many times I've noticed that on my Windows 7 machine the previews that pop up when hovering over items in my taskbar do not show up. When hovering ...
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How do I disable a standard/guest user's Aero effects from an administrator account in Windows 7?

I need to disable the Aero effects for a standard/guest user in Windows 7 (it should still be enabled for the administrator). I have an administrator account, but don't know how to do this. Any ...
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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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How do I prevent screen tearing in Windows 7 desktop with Aero disabled?

After disabling all the Windows 7 visual enhancements, I began noticing some screen tearing while playing YouTube videos, dragging windows, etc.. It's very noticeable while looking at this: Barcode ...
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How to change Windows 7 Aero Desktop Icon Text Color

The default icons are white on blue. Since I am older with vision issues I find a pale green or yellow with black text easiest to read and see. We were developed on a yellow-green planet! I would ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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How to refresh Taskbar Thumbnails after Aero was turned off and on again?

I use the radmin remote software that turns off Aero when it runs. When I exit, Aero turns back on, but all of my taskbar thumbnails are gone until I manually restore each window – a royal pain! ...
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Low frame rate on Windows 7 64bit “Aero”

I am experiencing a strange problem. I have ATI hd 5770 graphics card with driver version 11.1. From last 7 days i am experiencing low frame rate(15-20) on Aero. Aero peek is not working smooth. some ...
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Windows 7 Aero Glass Remoting on professional

Are there any registry edits or hacks to enable aero glass remoting on Windows 7 professional it seems to only be available on ultimate and enterprise. I am talking about aero glass transparency ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...