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Windows 7: Alternatives to Aero?


24 Jul 2010   #1

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Alternatives to Aero?

I currently have a graphics card that is incompatible with the Windows 7 Aero theme. I really don't mind half the time. But recently I've been thinking it would be nice to add some nice zoom effects when i open, close, and minimize a window, and have some transperancy and coloring effects. I looked into WindowBlinds but I really don't feel like having them screw me over with their prices and subscriptions. I can't seem to find a suitable program to add some effects. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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25 Jul 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seventhreason View Post
I currently have a graphics card that is incompatible with the Windows 7 Aero theme. I really don't mind half the time. But recently I've been thinking it would be nice to add some nice zoom effects when i open, close, and minimize a window, and have some transperancy and coloring effects. I looked into WindowBlinds but I really don't feel like having them screw me over with their prices and subscriptions. I can't seem to find a suitable program to add some effects. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Can you post a screenshot of your WEI (Windows Experience Index) scores? What kind of scores does you graphics get?

A Guy
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25 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

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Here ya go. Everything but my video card seems to be pretty nice.


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25 Jul 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Unfortunately, you will need to upgrade your graphic card in order to fully use Aero... You may want to check out Winstep as a replacement... Winstep Software Technologies - Desktop Themes and Customizing Windows
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25 Jul 2010   #5
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

If your windows version is 7 home basic, you may have a try
Enable Aero In Windows 7 Home Basic
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25 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Afraid its Ultimate. Its ok. I knew I had an incompatible graphics card, but I was looking for something similar to winstep or other alternatives. Just something to emulate the nice open and close effect in Aero.
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25 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Well, I had the same problem when I first got 7. I didn't get Aero, and I wanted it badly, so I tried basically all the tricks to get it working. None of them work for incompatible cards, they only work for ones that meet requirements but for some reason don't run it normally. So I made an app to get transparency on parts of the user interface, here it is.
[Link]
Try it out, see if you like it.
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25 Jul 2010   #8

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prisoner View Post
Well, I had the same problem when I first got 7. I didn't get Aero, and I wanted it badly, so I tried basically all the tricks to get it working. None of them work for incompatible cards, they only work for ones that meet requirements but for some reason don't run it normally. So I made an app to get transparency on parts of the user interface, here it is.
[Link]
Try it out, see if you like it.
Cool app Prisoner, and nice help for the OP + Rep

A Guy
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26 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thank you, A Guy. Just here to help.
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27 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Really nice app. I like it! Sorry it's taken me long to respond. Been busy with work. I really like how it minimizes my google chrome! Great job! Keep up the good work
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