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 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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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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Permanent fix for “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning? [duplicate]

I have a problem where dwm.exe keeps suggesting I disable Aero to improve my performance whenever I play either Battlefield 3 or Anno 2070. I get three choices: Disable Aero Don't disable but ask ...
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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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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 Glass/Transparent window borders in Windows 8?

While I'm really liking Windows 8, I do miss having the semi-transparent borders round my windows, like with Aero Glass in Windows 7. I note that the taskbar in Windows 8 is semi-transparent... Is ...
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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 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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(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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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 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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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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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 does Windows 7 calculate the color to use for taskbar “color hot-tracking”?

This has intrigued me for quite some time. Does anyone know the algorithm Windows 7 Aero uses to determine the colour to use as the hot-tracking hover highlight on taskbar buttons for currently-...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to enable Aero Glass again in Windows 10 for Windows titles?

I've updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and I miss the Aero Glass transparency that I had in Windows 7. How can I enable this again?
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How does Windows Aero prevent screen tearing?

When Windows Aero is on, there isn't any screen tearing, as opposed to when using the Basic theme without Aero. Why, though, do games with vertical sync seem to have a much greater input lag than ...
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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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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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Can I enable window drop shadows in Windows 8?

Windows 7 Aero used to have a drop shadows on the windows, which was great because you could easily tell which window was active. See below: Is there a setting to get the drop shadow back in ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Windows 7 randomly drops to Basic UI after full screen apps

Sometimes when i close a fullscreen application in W7, it drops me back to the Basic UI. Windows has indicated that the problem is that the DWM service has stopped, but I only thought it didnt do ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Getting rid of taskbar thumbnail previews in windows 10

How do I get rid of the window that pops up when I hover a taskbar item? This is what I have tried with no success, logging out and in after settings have been made: Adding a 32-bit DWORD value ...
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Is it possible to bring back Aero preview on alt+tab in Windows 10?

Back in Windows 7, when one presses alt+tab the "Windows Flip" menu appears and if (s)he holds alt but stops pressing tab, a preview of the app appears. In Windows 10, the behaviour is different: the ...
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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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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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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?