Friday, September 24, 2010

Windows Aero Glass Transparent Effect in Vista

Aero is actually acronym (or backronym) for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open.

Windows Aero requires high system specifications in order to work, with the minimum requirements of at least 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 1 GB (gigabyte) of system memory and a DirectX 9 compatible graphics accelerator processor card with a minimum of 128 MB of Video RAM, installed with Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver.

Sometimes Windows Vista may wrongly detect that the graphics adapters are not sufficiently powerful for Vista to automatically enable Aero. In this case, user can manually enable Aero.

1.Click on the Start button and then click on “Control Panel”.
2. Click on “Appearance and Personalization”.
3.Click on “Personalization”.
4.Click “Window Color and Appearance”.
Tick Enable Transparency
5.Click on “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”.
6.Select the Windows Aero color scheme.

Aero requires 32-bit graphics settings and higher resolution as possible.

However, Aero can still be enable with the following workaround trick, as long as it has Aero supported graphic cards, if it’s still not available after the above 6 steps.

Go to Start button, then click on Run.
Run “regedit”.
Browse and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM\ registry branch.
On the following registry subkeys, edit and change the default value:
Composition to 1
CompositionPolicy to 2

Exit registry editor.
Go to Start and click on Run again.
Execute and run the following commands one by one:
net stop uxsms
net start uxsms

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