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Windows 7: Taskbar went from clear to a light blue and...

12 Apr 2011   #1
Aphileon

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Taskbar went from clear to a light blue and...

does not display previews of the open programs when I mouse over them. Any ideas on how to change it back?


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12 Apr 2011   #2
SavageNoble

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aphileon View Post
does not display previews of the open programs when I mouse over them. Any ideas on how to change it back?
Windows Aero is disabled.

Right click on an empty space on your desktop > click Personalize > Select a theme under "Aero Themes".

Hope that helps, but if it doesn't, let us know. There are quite a few reasons why Windows Aero would be disabled and this won't fix all of them.
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12 Apr 2011   #3
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

Right, what Savage said. There are also registry hacks to reenable Aero if you have some strange problem, like a video card Win7 doesn't recognize as being WDDM/DirectX compliant, etc.

Let us know.
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12 Apr 2011   #4
Aphileon

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

That solved the visual part, but now I still can't see previews. Would you guys know anything about that?
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12 Apr 2011   #5
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Aero Peek?
Make sure you have "Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop" enabled.

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12 Apr 2011   #6
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

Give your built-in Windows Troubleshooting a try.

Go to the Start Menu, and in the Search box type "fix problems with transparency"

Run that troubleshooter and see what happens. Make sure you click the Advanced link and uncheck the box that says "Apply repairs automatically".
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12 Apr 2011   #7
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

Also, this might be a silly question, but you are running Win7 locally, not remotely or in a VM, correct? If you are running it remotely or in a VM, some Aero effects can be disabled, such as Live Preview (hover over taskbar icons & see previews)
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12 Apr 2011   #8
Aphileon

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Aero Peek?
Make sure you have "Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop" enabled.

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That did it. Thank you all so much for the help. It was driving me crazy.
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12 Apr 2011   #9
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

Awesome. Glad to be of service

gg p5bdkw
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12 Apr 2011   #10
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Glad to be of assistance!!
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