I am using Windows 7. When I open something e.g. Internet Explorer, it immediately gets opened. Whereas on my friend's system, it opens like it is splashing. I also want the same effects. Do I need to have some settings for that?

Secondly when she presses windows+tab from keyboard, her windows starts changing in a very good style. But my windows 7 is not doing that as well. I can change the working window by pressing Alt+Tab which has no style.

My Display Settings are: enter image description here

Can anybody tell me what's wrong with my Windows 7?


when she presses windows key+tab from keyboard, her windows starts changing in a very good style.

That is: enter image description here

When I press Windows Key + tab key, nothing happens. Why?


These are my settings. It does not have all options that you have. enter image description here

  • Your question makes no sense. Your friends system "splash screen" doesn't sound like thats something you actually want to happen ( i.e. under powered system ). It also depends on the application, some applications, do not have a splash screen ( Internet Explorer for instance ) does not. – Ramhound Dec 14 '11 at 14:37
  • When you say "splashing" do you mean there is a splash screen for the app, or do you mean the animations of the program opening make it appear to be splashing? Also, can you describe the "very good style" of her Alt-Tab tool? – music2myear Dec 14 '11 at 15:22
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    By "very good style", I assume the OP is talking about Windows Flip. – SaintWacko Dec 14 '11 at 21:18
  • @Ramhound It is not application-dependent. I am sure about it – Asma Wakeel Dec 15 '11 at 7:15
  • @music2myear Please see the UPDATE # 1: section in my question – Asma Wakeel Dec 15 '11 at 7:37

There are either of two things going on here:

  1. Your computer can run Windows 7 but does not have enough power to run it's visual goodies, called "Aero". If you have an older or a very, very cheap computer, this is probably the case. The only way to fix this is to buy a newer computer or upgrade yours, specifically the graphics hardware.

  2. Your friend is running a style or skin that is not native to Windows 7. She found and downloaded a style or user interface tweak that makes it act the way you're seeing. The way to fix this is to ask your friend what skin or style she is using for her Windows.

Yes, your P4 is a ten year old CPU that, while it was fast for Windows 98, and Ok for XP, is woefully underpowered when it comes to Windows 7. Dual Core doesn't tell us a lot, as there were dual core CPUs 10 years ago that would have the same problem. But it's more likely that her CPU is 5 years or younger, as that was when dual cores really become consumer level.

Also, if you're running integrated graphics from the P4 era, your graphics are completely and totally incapable of running the Windows 7 graphics. Intel probably doesn't even make drivers available for your graphics system that would work with Windows 7. I had a laptop with the Core2 chip, which followed the P4, and Intel didn't make drivers for that chipset for Windows 7, so I know they didn't do it work the P4 era graphics chips either.

You need a video card. However, because you have a P4, even with a powerful modern video card, your computer will still not really be capable of handling the Aero graphics very well. So I do NOT recommend buying a video card.

Instead, buy an inexpensive new computer with current hardware. Even a basic computer with modern hardware will be able to run Windows 7 and the Aero interface better than your current computer with a bigger video card.

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  • She's not using any style, I have explored her system. And asked her as well. I think you are right. My system may be less-powerful. My system is P4 and my friend's is Dual Core. Can this make a difference? – Asma Wakeel Dec 15 '11 at 7:43
  • Its video card related. You need a directx 9.0 or better capable card for aero - Your graphics card/internal graphics processor probably isn't up to it, and hers is – Journeyman Geek Dec 15 '11 at 8:15

It sounds like your friend has slightly different performance settings.

Click on the Start Menu then select "Control Panel", "System and Security", "System" and then "Advanced system settings" from the left hand pane.

You now need to press the "Settings" button within the pane entitled "Performance". This will present you with a window that looks like this:

enter image description here

Personally I use "Let Windows chose the what's best for my computer" but if your machine is suitably powerful enough, you may just want to go for "Adjust for best appearance".

If you find that your machine slows to a crawl, then play around with each tickbox until you find something that works for you.

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  • Please see my question UPDATE # 2: – Asma Wakeel Dec 15 '11 at 7:41
  • You a missing a number of options because your graphics card is not powerful enough. To get all those you need a graphics card with at least 128 MB and a DirectX 9 class graphics processor that supports a Windows Display Driver Model Driver, Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware, and 32 bits per pixel. In short, I would recommend buying a new graphics card that supports DirectX 10 or higher. A brief look on newegg shows that you can get one for as little as $50. – Richard Dec 15 '11 at 9:43

It was just that I was using Windows 7 Basic Home edition and my friend was using the Enterprise edition of Windows 7.

Thank you all for the help.

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