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Windows 7: Resource Monitor window is totally transparent.

11 Feb 2013   #21
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

From your RAM, CPU and mobo specs I don't think disabling aero would not be noticeable in performance. I suspect you also have quite a capable GPU too.


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11 Feb 2013   #22
IML8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit/Fedora 17 LXDE
 
 

Oh, it's noticeable, but it's not significant. Maybe it's because I still have the Performance Options set to Adjust for Best Performance. So, even with Areo, many of the superfluous visual effects are disabled. I dunno. All I know for sure is that it isn't enough of a drop in performance to be bothersome, but that's just my subjective opinion, of course.

Almost forgot to mention, still researching GPU's. I'd like to find a good bargain. Not a big gamer or video editing kind of guy, so I don't really need too much to be content.
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11 Feb 2013   #23
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Could you post a snip of this transparent Resource Monitor.
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11 Feb 2013   #24
IML8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit/Fedora 17 LXDE
 
 

There's a snip of it on page 1. As per Britton30's suggestion, I checked and although the problem disappears with Aero themes, it still persists with the Windows Classic theme as well as all other non-Aero themes. Odd, eh? I'm still fairly new to Windows 7, but I'm eventually going to chase this bug down if it kills me.

Update: I have to walk it back a little bit. Resource Monitor also works fine when using the Windows 7 Basic theme as well and it doesn't seem to matter if I customize it or not.

On a hunch, I set Performance Options to both Let Windows Decide and Adjust for Best Appearance, but that, in various theme combinations, had no effect.

The hunt continues.
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12 Feb 2013   #25
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

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.........I'll go through all the disabled services, enable them one at a time....
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...the problem disappears with Aero themes, it still persists with the Windows Classic theme as well as all other non-Aero themes....
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The hunt continues.
Did you disable some services or are you talking about the few services that are disabled in a fresh install?
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12 Feb 2013   #26
IML8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit/Fedora 17 LXDE
 
 

UsenameIssues, I modified several services, but have since reset them to their default settings and it had no effect on the problem.

Since it looks like themes are related to the problem, I thought for sure it would be somehow be related to visual effects in performance options, but that doesn't seem to be it. However, When I disable visual effects with the Aero themes or the Windows 7 Basic them, I still have that effect of that semi-transparent window appearing over desktop icons when I mouseover them (which I hate with a passion). Whenever that effect is in operation, the Resource Monitor looks fine. When it isn't, it doesn't. I can't help but think there is a causal relationship there somewhere.
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12 Feb 2013   #27
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I'm unable to replicate that type of a window - so my guess is that it is a combination of your video driver and the theme settings.
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12 Feb 2013   #28
IML8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit/Fedora 17 LXDE
 
 

Just to be clear, it is this mouseover effect that I'm talking about and I hate:

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Maybe it's unrelated, but whenever this effect is...well, in effect...Resource Monitor looks fine. When it isn't, Resource Monitor is 100% transparent. I thought disabling visual effects would get rid of this mouseover behavior, but, at least in Areo themes and the Windows 7 Basic theme, it doesn't.

There are no updates available for the video driver. Maybe I should reinstall the existing driver? Maybe I'll be getting a GPU sooner rather than later.

EDIT: I never really solved the issue, but concluded that it must have had something to do with setting up User Data on a separate drive from the OS (I may have included Program Data. I can't remember for sure now). Anyway, I installed Windows 8 in the same configuration via relocate.xml and it is no longer an issue so I thought I should mark this thread as solved.


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13 Apr 2014   #29
ebbing82310

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) 6.1.7601
 
 

IML8 - Discovered an identical 'Resource Monitor' issue today. After toggling desktop backgrounds from a JPEG image of earth from mars, back to a Aero Theme the Resource Manager started working as advertised. I left Resource Manager running and cycled the back to the JPEG. From there I opening a second minimized instantiation of Resource Manager - with borders and header, all else is transparent. I'm new to this forum and have read you've moved onto Win8, wanted to inquire if you're still around, or if others have any additional thoughts?


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13 Apr 2014   #30
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums, ebbing82310.

Nice additional info.

Let's see if other members can help you with this.
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