Questions tagged [aero]

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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Customize Windows 11 window borders to look like Windows 7

I want to make window borders aesthetically look like Windows 7. It currently looks like this: I want it to look like this: This is also acceptable (DWM disabled): I followed this tutorial: https://...
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How to disable "shake to minimize" on Win10 21H2?

This option is not in Multitasking anymore, and is not disabled by default on Win10 21H2. Where did it go?
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Remove Watermark of Aero Glass on windows 8.1

Recently I have installed Aero Glass for windows 8.1 and noticed that it creates a watermark of the site name and this is how it looks: Also at the startup of windows a window pops up saying "...
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How to remove the user profile folder from navigation pane in Windows Explorer?

How do I remove the user profile folder from navigation pane in Windows Explorer on Windows 10? Seems like none of the currently recommended solutions work no more, including editing the following ...
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Why are Windows 10 transparency effects temperamental?

The "Transparency Effects" (aka Acrylic, Aero Glass, Frosted Glass, Translucency, Background Blur, etc) in Windows 10 sometimes (but not always) do not work on my computer, despite the ...
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Windows 7 32-bit SP1 - Aero stops working after logging out, locking, getting UAC Secure Desktop prompt

I have a Windows 7 desktop (Core 2 Duo E8400, 4 GB DDR2, AMD Radeon HD 8570 1 GB). Aero works fine and doesn't cause any issues. However, any time I do Control-Alt-Delete, get a UAC prompt (with ...
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Can I use Aero Glass with QXL (virt-manager)?

I've made a Windows 7 VM with QXL as the display adapter. I installed the guest additions and the display adapter was properly showing up in device manager. I've tried changing the QXL settings to ...
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Stop Safe Mode In Windows 7 on Virtualbox

I would like to update the video card settings to allow aero mode on Windows 7 in Virtual Box but on the installation it says windows is in safe so aero mode won't work. How do I take it out of safe ...
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I need help figuring out if this task can be done by Auto Hot Key

I am new to AutoHotKey. I spend about twenty minutes setting up my computer each day and I am just doing things I think this program can automate, but there are a lot of steps and I am also unsure if ...
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Windows Vista Aero blue lines around windows

I have Windows Vista Home Premium x64 installed on my PC with some registry tweaks for Aero. I noticed that blue lines appeared on the right and bottom of the windows. I turned off the transparency. ...
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How to take a screenshot with Aero effects?

I don't want to make a normal screenshot. I want to make a screenshot that includes Aero glass, drop shadows, etc. in "transparent" mode. I tried some tools like Windows Clippings, but the Aero glass ...
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Why can't I stretch a window across multiple monitors?

I am running Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 with no third-party window managers or monitor support. Not remoted in via Citrix or rdp 4 1280x1024 monitors horizontally with Extend destop to this display set ...
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Windows 7 Aero Taskbar previews not working (no hover/click)

I don't know what's wrong or if it's a bug from a recent update but the aero taskbar previews stopped working, I can see the previews but they are unclickable, I can't switch a window through the ...
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Remove the background color in Windows Photo Viewer for Win7 aero glass theme

I use Black Glass Enhanced (curiouso9.deviantart.com/art/Black-Glass-Enhanced-v0-5-156752713) with my black Windows 7 theme. Unfortunately, Windows Photo Viewer does not have any transparency like all ...
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Return to Aero screen effects after VNC usage?

After a VNC session (UltraVNC 1.2.1.2) with my Windows 10 PC (what I believe caused the problem), dragging windows on the screen with my mouse results in only rectangles being moved, instead of the ...
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"Aero glass does not know how to hook your version of dwm (0x8)"

I want to have the aero theme on my Windows 10 but this happens.... I downloaded this file: then this appeared while installing: I don't know what to do.... I'm running Windows 10 64-bit ...
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Performance Warning with high specs

As described here I'm getting the above message with these specs: FX8350 GTX960 4GB 16GB 1600Mhz RAM 1440p Monitor PNY 240GB SSD 3 HDDs in JBOD mode ~3TB Is this normal? Any advice on how to fix ...
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Windows 10 keeps messing up draggable window's content

Starting a few weeks ago, I suddenly got no window contents when I dragged a window around. Quick googling helped and I activated the Setting "Show window contents while dragging" in the virtual ...
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Win7 keeps warning me about "slow performance" and disables Aero & UI effects. It is decidedly wrong

In the last few days, Windows has started giving me warnings about "slow performance" and subsequently disabling Aero and all the UI effects. I'm getting this a few times a day. This is Windows 7 ...
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Can I easily reactivate windows aero after changing to Windows 7 basic/classic?

If I manually activate windows 7 basic or Windows classic themes without my RAM running out or an application changing it, can I easily reactivate my aero themes from Appearance an Personalization ...
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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 to ...
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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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AERO can i have it?

Can i have aero on this graphic card . does it support aero on windows 7 ASUS V9570/TD (nVIDIA Geforce FX5700) 256 MB Please if someone knows are nVIDIA GEforce FX5700 or ASUS V9570/TD Supports aero ...
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Windows 7 Aero Force on unsupported Graphic card

I'm new and this is my first question. Can i force Aero on Windows 7 Ultimate? i have a unsupported graphic card vga, 1gb ram, intel 915g, pentium 4, vga, etc. I tried with Blur, Animations and ...
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How can I change the Window Title text and background colors on Windows 8.1?

I have tried certain registry edits to resolve this in the past without success. I'd like a black active-window title bar, but when it's changed the typical aero way the font has such little contrast ...
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How to have a solid color desktop background with AERO theme enabled on Windows 7?

I need the Aero theme enabled on my Windows 7 machine because a program I use requires it (Sticky Previews). However, I want a solid color as my desktop background. (I want this because I am ...
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Can i create shortcuts to turn on/off windows 7 aero function?

According to my question heading, is it possible to create desktop shortcuts to turn on/off Windows AERO ? If yes how can i do it ?
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Missing services for Aero Glass on Windows 10? [duplicate]

As suggested in this thread http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-desktop/windows-color-and-appearance-no-aero/ada52f54-8a09-4c5a-95ba-05dc9375fd9a I tried to locate Desktop ...
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Transparent window backgrounds/titlebars in Windows 10 [duplicate]

Just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Found the lack of colored window titlebars to be quite annoying (Chrome, in particular, looked absurd with a white titlebar background), but was able to ...
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How can I update window/title color in Windows 10?

I mean the this: I was able to set a color for the new taskbar and start menu. It is even a little transparent and the background is blurry, like in Windows 7 from which I've updated. Aero Glass is ...
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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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aero with very large window sizes

when i create multiple really large windows with opengl (2 windows, each of them 13440+1080 pixels) aero turns off resulting in animation tearing. The video card (W8000) has 4GB memory, so there ...
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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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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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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 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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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 won'...
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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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Explantion for CSRSS.EXE using the GPU

This is a follow up question to conhost.exe and csrss.exe questions I am currently on a Windows 7 x64 machine, using a relatively high end GPU (GTX 970 4 GB). Windows Aero is enabled. I am using ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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