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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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 ...
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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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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 to get aero themed windows and a task bar on Ubuntu 11.10?

I know some themes that make all of ubuntu look like windows 7, but I just want the windows to be aero themed. How can I do this? Also, I want the Windows 7 taskbar (including the start orb) in ...
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Windows 7 theme automatically switched from Aero to basic and back. Is there a log for what caused this?

This happened to me yesterday, and I just want to rule out that anything malicious was going on. I should probably also mention that it switched back to Aero after a minute or two. edit: I have ...
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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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Windows 8 - Are transparency effects dead?

I just read the Windows 8 preview article on Anandtech and noticed that they pointed out that in Windows 8 windows no longer have rounded corners and transparency/glass/"aero" effects. One point ...
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Windows 7 Aero theme's “greyed out” - no found fix

Brand new machine that was working fine then randomly it changed the theme when I booted into a sort of "basic" theme (white task bar, no see through windows etc) I've done and attempted many fixes ...
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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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How can I prevent Windows from disabling Aero when I use my secondary monitor?

My problem is similar to the following question: How can I prevent Windows from disabling Aero? I did not have enough rep to post a comment, but my question is somewhat different anyways. It is ...
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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 Aero) Window titles show up bold

Here's the problem. I accidentally switched the theme to Classic (don't ask), and when I switched back, all windows have bold titles. In the image, the top one is how it should be and the bottom is ...
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How to remove animation of maximizing/minimizing windows in Win 7?

Since today, and maybe due to the latest Windows update, my system has an animation which slowly maximize (or minimize) the window until it completes (takes like 3 secs or a bit more on my machine). ...
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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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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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Remove automatic Aero disabling in Windows 7 [duplicate]

Sometimes when I'm playing games which are heavy on the GPU, Windows decides to helpfully disable aero, causing everything to freeze for a bit and in the worst case, combined with ATI's brilliant ...
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Windows 7 HDTV oriented theme?

I have a dedicated media computer that is hooked up to a 46" LED TV. The problem is when I'm trying to use the computer from the couch, the 1920x1080 resolution makes everything tiny. I'm trying to ...
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Does having Windows Aero enabled negatively impact gaming performance?

I like having Aero enabled when I have to work. Sometimes I like to play games though. What's the performance hit on games? Is there a performance hit at all from using Aero?
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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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When I wave with a window, all other windows minimize to the taskbar, why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable Aero Shake in Windows 7? Sometimes, and I really don't know how to do it, when I grab an application in the window-bar and drag it around, as if I'm ...
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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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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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Getting Aero to work with Windows 7 64-bit

According to my recently-installed (today) Windows 7, my graphics card (GeForce GTS 250) could support Aero with drivers that support Aero. According to NVidia, I have the latest drivers (I upgraded ...
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Preventing Windows 7 from automatically switching Aero off?

I'm using UltraVNC to remote desktop onto a Windows 7 box (it allows you to keep Aero turned on whilst doing remote desktop, whereas Windows' RDP does not). However, for some reason this seems to ...
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Windows Aero theme behaving weird?

So it all began today when I started up the computer. The Windows 7 Aero theme is behaving really weird. All the window-borders are gone, and the shadows are really weird as well. The ...
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(Win7) Disable auto minimize all windows when dragging one [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable Aero Shake in Windows 7? There's this feature in Windows 7 that makes all windows minimize when you drag one around. I am not sure what triggers it, as ...
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How can I revert back to the old Start menu in Windows 8 Preview?

I don't like the new Metro UI. Is there any way to get rid of the new Metro UI in Windows 8 Preview and go back to the old Aero UI with its' Start Menu?
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How resolve an issue with dxgi.dll?

How resolve this issue with dxgi.dll? I originally thought issue was related to Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe). However, after trying run a System File Check, I got similar error related to ...
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No display after switching to Windows Basic (non-aero) theme

While trying to disable Aero in Windows 7, I went to Personalize and then changed the theme to the "Basic" theme in Windows 7. Now the problem is that I cannot see the desktop. Windows starts ...
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Windows Aero turns to basic automatically

I have this problem that Windows 7 Ultimate automatically resets my color scheme from Aero to basic at random moments. What could possibly be the cause of this? Specifications: Intel core i7-930 ...
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Manually toggle Aero Glass when turned off but not disabled

I have Windows 7 Ultimate. WEI scores: Processor: 7.4 RAM: 7.4 Graphics: 6.8 Gaming Graphics: 6.8 hard drive: 5.9 AMD 1055T 6-core CPU, generally stays pretty low. 16GB XMS3 DDR RAM, which hovers ...
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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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Do Aero effects in Windows 7 slow down the computer? [closed]

Do Aero desktop effects in Windows 7 slow down the computer? And does Aero actually cause more CO2 emissions than Windows XP?
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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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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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Windows aero and basic themes disabled

I'm having a problem where I can only select the windows classic theme or one of the high contrast ones (all the rest are grayed out). The automatic troubleshooter doesn't find any problems and my ...
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Aero: “Close programs using mirror drives” - How can I see what programs are causing the problem?

I've closed Remote Administrator and disabled Remote Administrator. I don't know what else could be causing this. Is there a way to find what programs are "using mirror drives"?
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How to turn a proccess on again

I turned off "dwm.exe" proccess which is responsible for transparent / opaque Windows in Windows 7. How to turn it on again quick (without restarting the system)?
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Prevent window shake from minimizing all other windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable Aero Shake in Windows 7? In Windows 7, if you grab a window and shake it back and forth, there is a shortcut to minimize all the windows. I keep doing ...
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How to show window contents while dragging in Windows Server 2008 R2 for non-admin users?

I followed the instructions on question 41846 (How to show window contents while dragging in Windows Server 2008 R2?), that is: Open the System Properties dialog (I have to enter the Administrator's ...
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Remove logo and glare from Windows7 task bar

How do I go about removing the simulated glare from the Windows 7 taskbar? Shrinking it a little and tightening up the display of icons wouldn't hurt either. I'd also like to remove the Windows ...