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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Change the Color of Menu Bar while using Aero Theme

I can't find how to change the color of Windows 7 menu bar while using Aero theme. I only want to change the Menu Bar's color. The default Basic and High Contrast Themes themes of Windows 7 can ...
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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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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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Windows 7 keeps turning off Aero theme, how to disable such annoyance [duplicate]

I run my daily work load in Windows 7 inside a VMware Workstation 11.1 VM, with 3 monitors(VM using all 3 monitors in full screen mode). The graphics performance inside VM is not so fast, and quite ...
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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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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 suddenly treats fullscreen as half of actual screen

Sometimes, after I unlock my computer, the windows are all half the size of the screen and when using the maximize button they do not expand to fill the whole screen. This also affects the Aero Snap ...
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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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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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Can only snap into predefined areas

So I've been experiencing a really weird problem since a couple of days (on Windows 8). First of all, the Windows + arrow combination won't snap my applications to the left or right anymore. They ...
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How do I disable Aero Shake in Windows 7?

I'm always accidentally minimizing most of my windows. This is really annoying. How do I disable Aero Shake?
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Taskbar aeropeek preview and Alt-Tab auto close on Windows 7 [duplicate]

I wanted to reply to the following thread: taskbar icon preview (and Alt+Tab icon preview) disappears quickly But I am not allowed to. So I am created another here to share my experience. First, the ...
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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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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-enable aero effects in Windows 7 after it has crashed?

Ocassionally aero effects crash. Is there a way to re-enable the effects in Windows 7 after a crash happens? i.e. restarting a service or terminatating a process and letting it restart automaticially ...
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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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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 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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Is it possible to disable aero on Windows 7 without admin rights?

I want to disable aero, however I don't have admin rights the admin has blocked Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization and I haven't found another way to do it, does anybody ...
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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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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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How does Windows Aero work?

I'm unaware if this is a super-secret Microsoft formula, but it sure as heck is interesting. There are several aspects of Windows Aero that are interesting, but the main priority is, How does ...
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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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Is it possible to use Windows Aero in remote desktop between Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8?

I have machines running Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8 Pro. I have tried remote desktop sessions with different combinations and I have found that Aero only works when I ...
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is there any way to modify the strength of blur in AERO in windows 7?

One other question of mine other than the one already in the title is, how exactly does the blur in windows work? How does it work so smoothly when being dragged compared to when it is artificially ...
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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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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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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 transitions not active at startup

I'm facing this weird problem. Every time I startup my pc, aero transitions (e.g. windows fade in on open, fade out on close, reduce to taskbar etc..) are not active. I need to go to System ...
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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 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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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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Windows 7 and nVidia 8400M G Problems

I've a LG E500 laptop with a nVidia 8400M G graphic card and after having tried the new Windows 7 RC on my EeePC I decided that I would install it also on this "work" laptop since I liked it so much. ...
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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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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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Thin, non-resizable window borders are displayed incorrectly

On my PC with Windows 7 SP 1, the borders of all non-resizable windows (for example all dialog boxes or the calculator) look like the left of the two images below. The border is far too thin and ...
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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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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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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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Mac Alternative to Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection That Supports Aero? [closed]

I am experimenting with an Amazon EC2 server running Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter. I would like to have the machine run a theme (preferably Aero) other than Classic. Is there an alternative app ...
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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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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 7 - easiest way to tell whether AERO / DWM is enabled?

From this article I have learnt, that DWM is enabled only with AERO: Let’s recall: without Aero turned on, the DWM is deactivated, so there’s also no more 2D acceleration, either (this applies ...