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Windows 7: (q) How can I prevent n application from disabling DWM and Glass?

07 Jun 2014   #1
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
(q) How can I prevent an application from disabling DWM and Glass?

One Windows 7 x64 computer in the fleet requires a software called "SuperDVR" (from "Q See Security", the only software that will work for the hardware) be used at all times. The problem is, as soon as the application starts, the theme changes back to the basic theme and it says something along the lines of "The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic..the application doesn't support..blah blah blah". When I run the transparency troubleshooter, this restores the proper theme and everything works fine until the application is restarted next.

My question is this: Is there a way to prevent this application from erroneously disabling DWM and the Glass/Aero Transparency every time it starts (without me having to run the troubleshooter to fix it every single time)?

Thank you.


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08 Jun 2014   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

See if any of the steps here help:

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A Guy
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09 Jun 2014   #3
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
no luck

No luck; neither checking the "disable desktop composition" box nor the "Windows troubleshooting" box made any difference.

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09 Jun 2014   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

This is usually caused by how the program is written rather than an actual lack of resources. You can try running the program in compatibility mode, but the easiest workaround for you may be to add a Restart Aero shortcut in your right click context menu. A Guy
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09 Jun 2014   #5
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Click the start Orb and type dxdiag in the search box. Click on dxdiag.exe then post an image of the System tab and Display tab.
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11 Jun 2014   #6
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
clarification

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
This is usually caused by how the program is written rather than an actual lack of resources. You can try running the program in compatibility mode, but the easiest workaround for you may be to add a Restart Aero shortcut in your right click context menu. A Guy
Compatibility mode is a no go. XP SP3 mode causes the software not to be able to start, and the next "step" up (Vista mode) causes it to do the exact same thing as before.

I was hoping there would be a way to fix this so that extra fumbling around doesn't have to be done each time the computer starts, but I will keep the "restart aero" suggestion in mind; thank you.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Click the start Orb and type dxdiag in the search box. Click on dxdiag.exe then post an image of the System tab and Display tab.
Before or after the problem happens?

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11 Jun 2014   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Have you tried running it as administrator?

One hack that you could do would be to programmatically disable composition, start the program, then enable composition. I believe it's just an API call to turn composition on and off.

You could try posting a request here:
Post New Requests Here - DonationCoder.com

someone may do it for you.
Please read the rules before posting.

If the programmers there know a freeware they think will work for you they'll suggest it.
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11 Jun 2014   #8
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2 Bunny;2800181[QUOTE=carwiz View Post
Click the start Orb and type dxdiag in the search box. Click on dxdiag.exe then post an image of the System tab and Display tab.
Before or after the problem happens?

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No matter. This is just to check your hardware and settings and see if Windows spots a problem.
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