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Windows 7: Windows Aero not working properly


16 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Windows Aero not working properly

Hi

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit and yesterday it decided to revert to Windows basic after I launched a game and didn't go back to Aero after I quit. After a bit of digging around I managed to get the effects working again by restarting WDM and Themes services but I still get that horrible basic window colour and appearance in Firefox and other windows(ie. no colours, black and white lines, layout and font incorrect) so it's only done half the job. Looking up the personalization settings, it's telling me that Aero is on so I don't know why it still looks like that. Even the Aero trobleshooter isn't giving me any errors. I've attached an example of how Google looks at the moment(I don't even get so much as a logo).
Is there a way to fix it back to the way it was?



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16 Sep 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Check your video card driver. Make sure it didn't revert to basic vga driver. Upgrade your video card. You have plenty of memory and a good card, so those are not issues.

If this fails, also look at your Device Manager to see if you have any yellow warnings with your card.
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16 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

It's not using the default VGA driver and my driver is up to date(258.96). I checked Device manager and there were no problems with it(no exclamation mark). I even tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers but that didn't help.
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16 Sep 2010   #4

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Okay, let's restore the system to a date prior to when you launched the game.
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16 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I ran System Restore but for some reason there was only one restore point after the Aero stopped working.
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16 Sep 2010   #6

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you done anything to do with custom theme patchers?

I'll assume at this point uve restarted your PC several times.

Possibly something's corrupted..somehow.

Maybe a system scan will find something.

Open CMD as administrator and type "SFC /scannow" without quotes.

Post back the results.
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16 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I haven't used any custom patchers. I use WindowBlinds 7 but I had for quite a while and Aero still worked with it.
Well I did the scan and it said that it didn't find any integrity violations which I guess means that it didn't find anything wrong with the system files.
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17 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

WindowBlinds is the culprit here. Just get rid of it, there are many third party themes you can use without having such a horrible piece of software on your PC. You can find themes on deviantART and most of them can work without making changes to the system files. As far as my knowledge goes, WindowBlinds doesn't rely on Aero but users produce their own "glass effects", that's probably the reason Aero doesn't work anymore.
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17 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, Gornot.
That was the problem it seems. It's working now.
Even found an awesome theme on DA
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17 Sep 2010   #10

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

good good
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