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Windows 7: Cannot enable desktop composition

21 Jun 2015   #1
spacediver

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
Cannot enable desktop composition

Yesterday, after finishing a Mass Effect 3 session, I noticed that desktop composition had been disabled. I tried re-enabling it in the advanced system settings/performance, but to no avail. Checking it and hitting "apply" didn't change anything. And when I closed and re-opened the performance settings window, it is unchecked.

I also noticed that transparent glass isn't an option (though I can't remember for sure if it showed up before, although I definitely had transparency effects before this issue arose).

Tried doing a clean re-install of the latest nvidia drivers. No luck.

the "Desktop Window Manager Session Manager" service is enabled.

I'm up to date with all the windows updates.

Any advice would be appreciated!




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21 Jun 2015   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

From your screenshot I see the "Windows Activation" section is missing! Is your Windows installation activated?
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21 Jun 2015   #3
spacediver

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

yes, it is. The section wasn't missing, just cropped because that part of the window was outside the boundaries of the screen. Here's the full window:

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21 Jun 2015   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Have you got a system restore point dated before this problem occured?
EDIT
You might try Option 3 of this first:
Desktop Composition - Enable or Disable
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21 Jun 2015   #5
spacediver

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

No, unfortunately I don't have a restore point. Strange, because I've often seen windows claim it's "creating a restore point" when I've been doing an update or something.

Just tried the reg file - no luck. (I'd also tried the other steps in that guide without any success).

I have microsoft security essentials running real time, and I also ran a malwarebytes scan. Doesn't seem to be virus related.

If nothing else works, I'll reinstall windows and see what happens.
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21 Jun 2015   #6
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Slim chance but did you try changing aero theme to something else?
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21 Jun 2015   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If you do go down the re install road I would strongly reecommend that you follow this tutorial:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
You will finish with the very best install!
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21 Jun 2015   #8
spacediver

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Slim chance but did you try changing aero theme to something else?
holy crap. Thank you. Very much!!!

fixed!

I just chose a different aero theme, and all of a sudden I had desktop composition working. Switched back to my regular unsaved theme and everything's back to working order!
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21 Jun 2015   #9
spacediver

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
If you do go down the re install road I would strongly reecommend that you follow this tutorial:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
You will finish with the very best install!
that's a great guide, thanks for this. And thanks for your patient help here
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21 Jun 2015   #10
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Good to hear that the situation is resolved. Good thinking Gokhan!
Spacediver, can you mark this thead as resolved now. To do this go to your first post, click Edit and the put the green tick in the row of smilies and put it in the topic heading!
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