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Restart DWM with (by using a CMD shell window with Administrator permission): net stop uxsms net start uxsms It's the same service that crashes and is also known as the Desktop Windows Manager.


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The best way to do this is to use the Group Policy editor. Go into the start menu, type in gpedit.msc, and hit enter. When it comes up, go into User Configuration -> Administratrive Templates -> Desktop. In here you'll see a settings called "Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture". Set this to enabled and no more Aero Shake. Here's a picture ...


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Open regedit, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer then change the value of RPEnabled from 1 to 0 - this disables metro mode, ribbon mode in explorer and the hover options in the windows button. source: neowin


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Not really. Windows no longer adds transparency to their windows. Therefore, officially there is no way to do it. You could try this guide: http://www.intowindows.com/enable-aero-glass-in-windows-8/ However, I am not sure if that works in the latest build. There also might be some third party apps, I'll try to find one after I'm done writing. Good luck. ...


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In the "search programs and files" box type gpedit.msc right click on the search result and run as administrator Go to User Configuration > administrative templates > desktop In there at the bottom(-ish) you will see "Turn off aero shake window minimizing mouse gesture", double click it and make your selection in the window that opens


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Hold Shift and right click on that taskbar item.


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This feature is called Shake. Just wiggle a window vigorously to minimize all other windows. You can also just release the click on the window, then click again and waggle to undo this. Disabling Shake entirely requires a registry edit: Browse to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer (the Explorer key may ...


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Jordan, what model of graphics card are you using, and what version(s) of the drivers have you been on while the problem has been happening? The design of this site is such that I can't leave any information unless I provide it in the answer box as I don't have 50 reputation yet, but I'm having a similar problem with a VERY powerful system. I don't ...


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You can use Winsplit Revolution. In addition to having shortcut keys for positioning windows it also has a function called Drag'n'Go. By default you need to press Ctrl+Alt to enable it. When there are multiple possibilities you can use scroll button to switch between them.


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The DWM.EXE process will consume a lot of memory when you have multiple screens and the system performance is set to the default of Let Windows choose what's best for my computer. To change this: Go to Computer -> Right click and choose Properties Select the Advanced tab Select the Settings button under the Performance section. This will popup the ...


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Navigate to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings Then click Performance -> Settings... Under Visual Effects, select "Adjust for best performance', then click Apply. This will disable all visual effects associated with the old Aero theme.


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Go to System (Press Windows Flag+Pause/Break) then click "Advanced system settings" on the left. The top option should be Performance and you should be able to tick as many of the Visual Effects as you want. If using as a Workstation, you may not want too many of them, but if using as a standard desktop, you may want the "Adjust for best appearance" ...


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I used it from the day the Beta was released until about a month ago, when I turned it off. I found that far too often I would go to move a window and that movement would be interpreted as a "shake", minimizing all the windows. Because I was usually trying to get to the window beneath the one I was moving, and not my desktop, that was really annoying. I ...


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This information is available on the Windows Vista System Requirements page from Microsoft: A Windows Aero-capable graphics card is a graphics card that meets the following requirements: Supports a Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver Has a DirectX 9-class graphics processor unit (GPU) that supports Pixel Shader 2.0 Supports 32 ...


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Create a batch file with the following content: @echo off sc interrogate uxsms | find "1062" if %errorlevel%==0 goto :sc_start sc stop uxsms exit :sc_start sc start uxsms exit Executing it will alternatively turn Aero on and off. You can place it anywhere you like. AFAIK it does not need to be executed as Admin.


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It most certainly is a 'feature' of Windows 7 and it's called 'Aero Shake', more details can be found here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/shake And what you are describing is exactly how it works. Grab the title bar of any window, give it a shake and everything else drops to the task bar. To disable Shake you'll need to use ...


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Found! Go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings -> Performance then uncheck Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing.


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Not without 3rd party software, unfortunately. You could try GridMove, which works quite well, and is open source.


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Thanks for all the suggestions, but ZScreen and Greenshot did not preserve the transparency layer as I wanted. I opted instead for the free 7capture and Shotty.


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I've finally found a solution! Since Windows doesn't understand how resources work, you need to keep it from checking them: In regedit go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (create if not already existent) Set a new DWORD UseMachineCheck with a value of 0. This will keep Windows from checking if your computer "performs slowly" and ...


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I fixed this on my PC based on the answer by @cpufox. I restarted the Themes service. It was started already, but restarting it fixed immediately. I didn't even have to go back in to the "Personalize" dialog to apply a theme. Also, my Themes service was set to manual startup. I set this to Auto just in case.


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Please try this to see if it fixes your problem: Go to your control panel and click on Performance Information and Tools. When the window pops up, look at the very bottom of the Performance Information and Tools window, in the right-hand side, for a link that says Re-run the assessment and Click on that link Windows will run through a series of test ...


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Yes. Microsoft has decided to remove Aero glass effects completely from Windows 8 (apart from the Taskbar), to make the interface for consistent with the new Start Screen and the Metro design language. It is unknown at this time whether Aero Glass can be re-enabled via Windows 8 registry edits or other methods; feel free to edit this post if anyone ...


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You could try WinSnap - And they explained the same problem in their site ( vista ). Please note , this is not a free version. Edit: Found ZScreen and GreenShot and its supports Aero's Transparency layer. Haven't checked personally.


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You're referring to "Aero Snap". Our very own how-to geek has an article on disabling it here.


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"taskkill /f /im dwm.exe" always did it for me, though Diago's answer is cleaner. Killing the process should get the DWM's helper service to restart it pretty much right away.


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Simple - Celerons suck! (If you are a developer, Power user or actually need performance) Celerons do the job when you do not need performance and want the benefits such as low cost and low power (I use one in my NAS as it never goes above 20% usage). Also, the fact is, You can never compare ghz for ghz, the generation makes a big difference, for ...


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You cannot, Dan. I do agree however that the "maximize" snap has got in the way a few times with my usual window dragging and such operations. I can't seem to be able to locate it right now (which is a shame, since I would like to provide you with the link). But the "maximize" Aero-Snap feature has already been criticized by more than a handful of users ...



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