I had the “feature” of Windows that it turns the GUI back to Basic-Mode if a few 100 windows where open. That was quite annoying . So I came up with the question: How to prevent Windows from disabling Aero? After lots of different trys I was lucky. I hope it’s useful for you.
Here comes a little tutorial:
- Open Registry Editor (RegEdit).
- Navigate to the following registry key:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM If it doesn’t exsits create a new on, right click on Windows and then create a new key with: New -> Key to create new branch and name it as DWM.
- In the right details panel, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value name it UseMachineCheck, and set its value to 0.
- In the right details panel, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value name it Blur, and set its value to 0.
- In the right details panel, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value name it Animations, and set its value to 0.
- Restart the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager in Services in Control Panel (type Services.msc in Start Search), or run the following commands in a command prompt with net stop uxsms and tha net start uxsms
- To enable and apply Windows Aero in Windows.
Troubleshooting: First try a restart of the machine. If that didn’t work you may have to change the value of EnalbeAeroPeek to the opposite of you Value.
This should work with all versions of Windows Vista and 7. Also working with Windows 7 and Vista Virtual Machines running with Virtual PC.