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Windows 7: Simulate Aero on unsupported graphics cards

11 Feb 2010   #1
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Simulate Aero on unsupported graphics cards

No registry editing required.

If you have Windows 7 and don't have Aero enabled, you either aren't worried that it is off, tried to fix it using numerous different methods (like the "registry hacks"), or accepted the fact that you can't get it to work. But, there is a way!

(Yes, I know that a bit of this has been posted before, creds to them, but it was 6 months ago, and I do have other stuff here too. :P)


TrueTransparency

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What it does is replace the Win7 basic borders (or Vista, or XP) with PNGs (some already included, like a "Seven" theme) that make it look 95% like Aero. There are some artifacts at times, but that's to be expected by a third party program. It also has Aero Snap and Shake for Vista and XP OS's.

I personally keep it disabled for high intensity programs, but it works really well for eye candy, and if you're good at graphics, you can even make your own window borders! How bout that for a good program?


Visual Tooltip

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This just simulates the preview you get when you hover over a window with Aero enabled. Pretty helpful.
NOTE: Just noticed this did not work for 7, but it does work for XP/Vista, and I think it still deserves a spot since it DOES simulate it.

LiveWindows New!
By - Holomind

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This program is a useful replacement to the previews on the taskbar, but it's hard to compare. I can't explain it very well myself, so i'll give the link.

LiveWindows

Your best bet is to download the .exe file, the .ahk file is the source code, and you need to download the program to compile it.


TransBar

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One thing that really annoyed me the most when I first installed 7 was that the taskbar was solid, and it looked ugly! So, I ran around and traversed many internet sites in search of a working replacement, and found this. All it does is simply add any percentage of transparency to your taskbar, and it can run at startup too, so it makes it look better.


WinFlip

Sorry, can't get screenshots of this one, PrntScrn won't take it, but the download site below has some screenshots.

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This is a really tight program. It replicates the pretty awesome effect you get by holding the Alt key and hitting the tab key on an Aero-enabled system, and also works on XP and Vista. It has a load of features to customize with.

WARNING: This program has had a history of being unstable under certain situations. Do not alter any graphics settings while running this! It could crash and possibly take the Explorer process with it!
Note: if that happens to you, hit "Ctrl + Shift + Esc", go to the "Applications" tab, click "New Task", and type in "explorer".


AeroPeek

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This has recently become one of my faves in terms of eye candy. It almost perfectly replicates the actual Aero Peek effect. The only downside is that it's activated by a tray icon and not by the Show Desktop button, but that isn't much of a problem.

Note: this app may have averse effects on your gadgets, but that may have just been my system. Before I took the screenshot above, it caused the transparency placeholders around the gadgets to turn solid. Mind that this may be an isolated event. Will test into the future.

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Depending on if anyone takes interest, I might add more programs to this list as I find replacement programs, but a Google search ought to satisfy anything I don't have here.

Credits to the smart guys who made these programs
Aaand, on a last note, if I broke any rules here, please tell me so I can fix it.




My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Feb 2010   #2
D3ftOn3Z

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Thanks for sharing this useful tip, prisoner. Details included. +1 rep. You might also want to post a screenshot of your desktop to show users on how these applications work.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Feb 2010   #3
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Will do. Working on that now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Feb 2010   #4
D3ftOn3Z

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prisoner View Post
Will do. Working on that now.
Great.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Feb 2010   #5
D3ftOn3Z

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

I see the screenshots are available now. Users who don't have Aero enabled due to the lack of support from your graphics card. Please have a look at this tutorial.

Thanks to prisoner for sharing this.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Feb 2010   #6
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

No Problem, I have this problem with my old laptop, and I thought, while i'm using them, might as well tell some other people about them as well
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2010   #7
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Also, if you have any suggestions for Aero effects that I may be missing here, please do not hesitate to post them! Every bit helps!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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