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 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 waving,...
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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 semi-...
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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 it ...
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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 dxgi.dll....
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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 @3....
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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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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 ideas?...
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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 ...
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How do I keep Windows 7's taskbar icon highlighting from getting stuck? [duplicate]

In Windows 7, in the Aero interface, if you move the mouse over an icon it gets highlighted. This is definitely pretty, but sometimes the system gets into a state where the highlight gets stuck, and ...
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After undocking my laptop, Aero Glass stopped working, and ZoomIt now has two mouse pointers

I undocked my laptop earlier, and when I got to the meeting and lifted the cover on the laptop, I noticed that the Glass Aero theme had stopped working, in the sense that window borders were no longer ...
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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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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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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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Disable Aero on run application?

I have an application that has a problem with Windows Aero. Some programs seem to fix it theirselves, but this one doesn't. How can I set my windows theme to windows basic on startup of a ...
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problem with intel 82865 motherboard graphic driver in windows 7

I have cpu with Pentium 4 3GHz processor. My motherboard is Intel 82865. I have installed the graphic driver for intel 82865 by using the graphic driver of Windows XP and changing the program's ...
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How do I disable Aero transparency in Firefox 4?

I noticed that the transparent interface in Firefox 4 for Windows 7 is really curbing performance. After Googling for a method to disable Aero for Firefox, however, I got no results. There just doesn'...
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How do I turn off window maximization when reaching the edge of the screen in Windows 7?

The title sums it up, pretty much. I tend to arrange windows on the screen manually, and when I bring a window too far up it automatically maximizes itself. How do I turn this off? It drives me nuts!
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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 to remove the fade out delay in windows 7's aero peek?

I am trying to remove or tweak the delay time in aero peek fading out. I am not referring to the time it takes before aero peek shows up after hovering over the task bar, instead i am talking about ...
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Can Sandy Bridge integrated graphics handle full Windows-7 Aero graphics?

I'm building a couple of new boxes for business not gaming. Don't need to overclock, would love to avoid heat/noise/$ of a GPU, but I would like to have the full Win7 Aero graphics experience. Can ...
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Video driver reports 8-bit color depth after Windows Update

Windows Update pushed out a new video driver for the Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family. One HP 6730b laptop was updated from 8.15.10.1872 to 8.15.10.2021. After the update the color ...
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How can I manage settings for Aero in Windows 7?

I want to disable certain effects, for example window minimize/maximize animations, window border blur, title text background blur, etc. Where are these settings located on Windows 7?
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How to change taskbar and window colors without using glass effect in Windows Aero?

I have disabled all the special effects for a reason, but now my taskbar and windows are using weird color (light gray blue). For some reason the color options ceased to exist when I disabled glass ...
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How much does having Aero on affect battery life?

Just started using Windows 7. Aero makes thing look pretty but it doesn't have any pragmatic purpose does it? I was wondering though, I haven't noticed a performance effect, but does Aero have a ...
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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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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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What is the minimum graphics card that supports Windows Aero?

I want transparency, mini previews when hover on taskbar buttons, etc. The lowest graphics card that I've tested is an Nvidia GeForce 6100. I've found in the market GeForce FX5200/5500 but I don't ...
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Flip3D performance with two monitors

Is there a way to improve performance of Flip3D using two monitors? With a single monitor it feels a lot smoother.
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Is there a way to change the way flip3d displays?

I'm curious if there is a way to get Win7's native flip 3d to display more like Expose or a ring switcher? It would improve my workflow drastically if I could more clearly see all my windows at once....
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Windows Vista theme/aero functions stopped working after installing Microsoft updates on 9/14/2010. How do I fix it?

I am using Windows Vista Business. I installed the Microsoft "critical updates" via the Windows Update tool on September 14, 2010. After rebooting, the theme seems to have changed to the "Windows ...
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A USB to VGA or DVI adapter with support for Windows 7 Aero?

I'm looking to add a 3rd monitor to my setup via a USB-to-DVI/VGA adapter. My 3rd monitor is an old VGA one just 1280x1024, so resolution doesn't seem to be an issue, but almost every USB-to-DVI/VGA ...
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Windows 7 Aero in Ubuntu Host Virtualization

I'm looking to run Windows 7 inside my Ubuntu 10.04 installation through a virtualization client, I have tried Oracle/Sun's VirtualBox but it doesn't seem to allow aero because of the hardware ...