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Windows 7: Unable to change Window Color, Transparency, etc.

02 Jan 2013   #1
CJRichards3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Unable to change Window Color, Transparency, etc.

Every time I try to change my window color (via Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization) I click on "Window Color" and this window pops up





On my previous computer (Same OS, Windows Home Premium) this window would pop up





Can anyone help me?


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02 Jan 2013   #2
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

That's because you are using a non Aero theme. If I use the Windows 7 Basic theme I get the box in your first screen shoot. If I switch back to my Canada Aero theme I get the second box, the one in your second picture.
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02 Jan 2013   #3
CJRichards3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
That's because you are using a non Aero theme. If I use the Windows 7 Basic theme I get the box in your first screen shoot. If I switch back to my Canada Aero theme I get the second box, the one in your second picture.
When I change to one of the themes under Aero themes, I still get the same result
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02 Jan 2013   #4
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Does your video card support Aero? Also have you run your WEI score? I've seen Aero/transparency disabled on a clean install until the WEI is run at least once. What is your WEI score for video? Are you running any third party utilities and or custom themes?
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02 Jan 2013   #5
CJRichards3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My WEI is 7.5, so that shouldn't be a problem. Also, I have a AMD Raedon 7770 HD 1gb GPU. I'm not sure if it supports Aero or notB
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02 Jan 2013   #6
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I would think it does, you'd have to have a pretty old low end card not to. Not knowing what you had I had to ask. Did this just happen or has it always been like this? Video drivers up to date? Is Windows activated? Anything in device manager with a yellow ! or red x
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02 Jan 2013   #7
CJRichards3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

This is the first time I've tried to change it, I got the computer in November and all my drivers are up to date. The only third party utility I have is the AMD Catalyst Control.
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02 Jan 2013   #8
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I don't know what to tell you on that one? I know modified or custom themes can mess things up. It appears Aero/transparency is not working for some reason. I have no idea why though.
You could try this SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker If its a messed up system file that should fix it.
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03 Jan 2013   #9
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Click on the Troubleshooting link under the Desktop Background and go through the troubleshooting steps and see if that helps.

Jerry
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