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Windows Vista Aero Feature Frequently Asked Questions


Below, you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Windows Vista Aero Glass feature. If you are unable to find the answer to your question here, you can find additional computer support via our Free Technical Support
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What is Aero Glass? Aero no longer works after running a registry cleaner
Which Windows Vista editions include the Aero feature? Can I personalize Aero Glass?
How can I disable Aero? My Aero features suddenly stopped working
 

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What is Aero Glass?

Windows Vista has a new high performance graphical experience built in to its Aero User Interface (UI) called Aero Glass. If you have a graphics card that meets with Aero's requirements, then you will be able to experience Aero Glass. The translucent elements of the dynamic windows allows users to continue their focus on the underlying content. Having this effect also allows users to keep track of the windows that are displayed.

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Which Windows Vista editions include the Aero feature?
  • Windows Vista Business

  • Windows Vista Enterprise

  • Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Windows Vista Ultimate

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Aero no longer works after running a registry cleaner

If the Aero feature stops functioning after running a registry cleaner utility, here are a couple of things you can try to restore Aero's functionality:

[1] If the registry cleaner you ran has an "Undo" feature, use that to set your system back the way it was. Then, run the utility again being selective on what it is trying to delete.

[2] Try restoring your system files back to original, here's how:

  1. Go to Start

  2. In the Search field, type in cmd.exe

  3. Right click the Run Command and select "Run as Administrator"

  4. At the command prompt, type in: sfc /scannow

  5. Press Enter

[3] If neither of the above works, try running System Restore to restore your configuration to a time when Aero worked. Here's how:

  1. Go to Start

  2. In the Search field, type in: restore

  3. Click System Restore at the top of the list

  4. Select the option that will allow you to run System Restore to a previous date.

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Can I personalize Aero Glass?

Yes, to personalize this experience:

  1. Go to Start

  2. Select Control Panel

  3. Select Appearance and Personalization

  4. Select Personalization

  5. Select Visual Appearance

From here, you can select from a number of predefined color schemes. If you would like to enable the Transparent Glass feature, simply place a checkmark in the checkbox titled: Enable transparent glass. If you would like to play around with the colors of your display, you can open the color mixer.

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How can I disable Aero?
  1. Go to Start

  2. Select Control Panel

  3. Select Appearance and Personalization

  4. Select Personalize

    Alternately, you can right click an empty area of your desktop and select 'Personalize' from the resulting menu.
     

  5. Click the link near the bottom of the page titled: "Open classic appearance properties for more color options"

  6. Under the Color Scheme category, select "Windows Vista Basic" from the menu options.

  7. Click Apply

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My Aero features suddenly stopped working

Q: I purchased a new computer with Vista Home Premium installed. All my Aero features seemed to be working properly until yesterday the suddenly stopped working. How can I fix this?

A: I have seen this happen before when an installed program blocks Aero or it pushes the graphics card to the maximum so Aero is forced to shut down. A couple of things you can try are:

  • Use the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) to End Task on some suspected processes

  • Use System Restore to restore your computer back before the problem started.

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