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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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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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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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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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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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-)activate font shadow for desktop icons?

After the color palette switched to Windows 7 Basic (and back), my desktop icons are missing the font shadow. I can activate it under performance options, but it does not have an effect. Deactivating ...
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Aero-peek looses my focus

I like Aero-Peek more than Alt-Tab because new windows 7 semitransparent window is very distracting. I cannot understand which window I am switching to. I therefore try to learn Win+Tab instead of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Various Windows 7 problems, but can't repair install

My installation of Windows 7 has been having some issues. Aero refuses to work (Microsoft's FixIt tool says my video card (a GTX 260) isn't capable of it, even though it's worked fine for years), ...
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How to enable aero with windows 7 [duplicate]

I just reinstalled windows 7 on my computer, and aero is not working anymore. I did not change any hardware or drivers, and aero worked before reinstalling windows. I am using a nVidia GeForce GTX ...
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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 Basic Theme seems to make gpu related stuff slower

When I have the windows basic theme (the one that disables aero), smooth scrolling (in firefox and chrome- enabled in the flags section) seem to run worse - lower fps - than if I was using the Aero ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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My Windows 7 is not giving good graphics ie., my minimising and maximisation of Windows is not done as squashed and released

My minimising and maximising of Windows is not done as squashed and released it is done directly. I used tuneup utilities then it give me some recommendations then I accepted all of them from then it ...
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How to turn off aero shake? [duplicate]

Hi I'm using Windows 7 64 bit Professional edition. I've tried disabling aero shake in by: Adding an entry in registry Disabling the policy in the policy editor Yet it just wont go away. I'm ...