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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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\disable Aero in Windows 7?

I share my screen a lot with colleagues. 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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How to display full path in the title bar of Windows 7 Explorer windows when using Aero?

How can Windows 7 Explorer windows display the full path in the title bar when using Aero (not Classic Theme)? (This question is posted for reference as finding an answer in Google is surprisingly ...
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Aero Shake - only one monitor?

Is there anyway to make aero shake only minimise windows on the active monitor in a dual monitor setup?
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Aero in Windows 7 Not Working [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Win7 Aero disabled due to mirror drivers following TightVNC use, cannot re-enable I'm using a Windows 7 laptop, and a few months ago I installed a VNC server/client ...
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WPF windows don't cooperate with unofficial themes

A while ago, I decided to patch my uxtheme.dll (using the Universal Theme Patcher) to allow for use of unofficial window themes. The problem is that WPF applications seem to ignore the custom theme ...
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Aero in Windows 7

How can I find out if Aero has been configured and running in a Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 32-bit virtual machine?
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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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Is it possible to theme Windows 7 like XP?

Everybody seems to mean the window frame colour and a set of desktop background pictures when they're talking about Windows 7 themes. Does anybody remember what themes used to be in Windows XP? You ...
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How to improve Windows Aero desktop performance? [closed]

Why is my desktop graphic performance less and gaming graphic performance high, as they both depend on same graphics card? What can I do to improve Windows Aero desktop performance?
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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 bug in Windows 7

Have you seen anything like this before? Not always but permanently shows up this strange behaviour. What's the name of that problem? And - ofcoz:) - how can I solve it? I tried: driver update ...
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Windows 7 glass-like Aero feature - unable to enable

I have a 4 months old PC with Windows 7 Home Premium x64. Windows Experience Index is 5.4. Intel i5 processor 6GB memory nVidia GT220 video card. During games, Windows reported shortage ...
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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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Jerky transition after the login screen

I have a clean install of Windows 7 Professional x64. After I type my password at the logon screen, the blue background is supposed to fade away smoothly and show the desktop, but on my machine the ...
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How to disable maximize-on-top-drag?

In Windows 7, if you drag a window by its title bar to the top of the screen, the window maximizes. This annoys me -- if I am dragging a window to the top of the screen, it is because I am ...
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Can you control Aero snap through speech recognition?

Is there a command to snap a window to the left and right of the screen in Windows 7? I have searched but not found anything (short of telling it to press Win + Left or Right)? Or some way to add a ...
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What is the point of Aero Peek?

Basically, see the title of this question. By Aero Peek, I am in this case referring to the 'hover' effect you get when you move to the rightbottom of the taskbar area, the 'Show Desktop' button ...
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Aero Glass mysteriously disappears

I am running Windows 7 in a VM (Parallels 5 on Snow Leopard). Every once in a while it decides, all on its own, that I really don't need the Aero Glass UI and turns it off. Rebooting the VM restores ...
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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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Aero disabled in Windows 7 after installing LogMeIn

I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 (Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 / 2 GB RAM / Nvidia 8600M GT running 190.89 drivers / Windows 7 Ultimate). I had recently installed the LogMeIn Firefox addon, so that I can control ...
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Why is there tearing on my desktop when OC'ing video card?

I've got a brand new Radeon 5750 in my system. It works great at stock clocks, and performs even better when overclocked. I have been using the ATI Overdrive facility build into the Catalyst drivers ...
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Remote Desktop and Aero in Windows 7

From what I've heard and read so far I should be able to enjoy Aero over a remote desktop connection. Both computers here run Windows 7 Professional but enabling Desktop composition doesn't do ...
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Why Windows Live Messenger on Win 7 doesn't pop up the window with the new message, but “let me choose”?

On Windows 7, when clicking on the small icon on the task bar, it is nice to pop up a few small windows and let me choose which one to use. But, with Windows Live Messenger, when I have several chat ...
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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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Windows 7 superbar window preview problem

When I point at any currently running software on the super-bar for a preview it lasts for less than 2 seconds, hence I cannot point or preview any software. It worked perfectly till i decided that I ...
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What is holding me back from using Aero on Windows 7 64 bit?

I decided to install win 7 64 bit I have a geforce 7950 GX2 and aero isn't working I've installed the 8.16.11.9107 x64 driver and still nothing Im not sure what I'm meant to do?
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Why would it take my computer 85 seconds to open Visual Studio and create a WPF project?

My desktop computer has more RAM and more CPU than my laptop, but is three times *slower* than the laptop. both are brand new Windows 7 installations from how I understand the rating, my desktop ...
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What is the global hotkey to advance the wallpaper slideshow on windows vista/7?

I know there is the keyboard shortcut Shift + F10 n for the desktop. But it is not a global, it only works after a Win + D.
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Why does Aero switch off for no real reason?

Lately (past few weeks), whenever I play a video game, then quit, Aero doesn't seem to like sticking around anymore! For example, I was playing something an hour or so ago, and just now when I was ...
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Windows Server 2008 with Nvidia GeForce 8600GT - poor performance when using aero

I have a computer running Windows 2008 Server Enterprise (SP2). I have installed the Desktop Experience feature and activated the Themes service. From the Nvidia website I've downloaded the latest ...
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Getting rid of Aero theme on Windows Vista

I have Windows Vista on my computer and whenever I login, I always have that aero theme. It's usually see-through/clear, but now it's not. How I can fix this?
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Windows Vista Aero interface replaced with Windows Standard after system reboot - how to fix?

After a system reboot, Vista dumped Windows Aero and my system now is Windows Standard... What do I need to do to get this working again? I cannot enable it from Personalization or anywhere. This ...
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Change the color of the current window box in the Alt-TAB menu in Windows 7/Vista

I don't know about you guys but I've always had this beef with Windows 7 and Vista. When pressing Alt-TAB, with Aero enabled, the Alt-TAB bar appears with a border around the window you're about to ...
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How to show window contents while dragging in Windows Server 2008 R2?

I just installed Windows Server 2008 R2, including the Desktop Experience feature, and activated the Themes service. I've activated Aero. I have everything there, except that when I drag windows, I ...
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Aero for Windows 7 Running in Virtual PC

How do I get Windows 7 running in a Virtual PC on Vista to display Aero? My Virtual PC version is 6.0.192.0.
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Is there a way to keep windows 7 thumbnail preview open for a particular app?

Alternatively, a gadget or other utility to serve a similar function would be welcomed.
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Aero disabled after computer wakes up from hibernation

Sometimes when my computer wakes up from hibernation, Aero is turned off, and I can't enable it again. A simple restart will enable Aero again, so it isn't broken completely. Any idea what may cause ...