Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Can you have a nice theme without the Aero?


12 Oct 2011   #1
aiwnjoo

Windows 7 x32 Home Basic
 
 
Can you have a nice theme without the Aero?

Hi,

Just an enquiry, I develop overlays that require Aero to be disabled and this means you only get a horrible basic looking theme.

I currently use Windows 7 Home Basic, which uses Aero Peek and the Home Basic theme, is there any way to have this same theme in the Home Premium or Ultimate versions without the Aero or enhanced visual options?

It seems XP is a better choice at the moment because if you refuse to use Aero on Windows 7 you get a crap experience in return.

Thanks,


My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2011   #2
Beta

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 and Mac OS X 10.8.3
 
 

I am not aware of one that looks good. Windows 8 will have a forced Aero that is not relient on your hardware. So there is hope.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2011   #3
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I have dozens of themes including of my own creation.


I never use Aero peak. Useless waste of resources in my opinion.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2011   #4
aiwnjoo

Windows 7 x32 Home Basic
 
 

When I choose the Windows 7 Standard theme on Home Basic this includes Aero Peek but I cannot find a way to disable Aero effects on this O/S.

When I choose Windows 7 Basic it removes all the Aero stuff but it starts sliding windows open and closed and makes it look much more basic.

Why can't I have the nice theme without the Aero crap, is it that difficult?

Thanks,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2011   #5
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
I never use Aero peak. Useless waste of resources in my opinion.
It rather depends on your specs. On your machine, fair enough, you have an on-board graphics chip, so your CPU is doing the majority of the work, so yeah, it probably is.

However, as Aero is GPU powered, for me at least, when I'm in a position to be using Aero Peek, my graphics card isn't really doing anything, so it may as well get used for that. It's not like the resources are needed elsewhere.

As for how USEFUL Aero peek is... well I won't comment on that,I dont have any icons on my desktop, so... probably not very.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2011   #6
aiwnjoo

Windows 7 x32 Home Basic
 
 

Thanks for the reply guys, I did not notice your posts when I replied.

Its actually quite annoying how dependent Win7 is on Aero regarding themes. Disabling Aero should basically just remove the Glass and Desktop Peak but no it screws everything up.

Im probably going to switch back to XP until 8 comes out, it plays hell on my overlays.

Any theme suggestions? The Home Basic default theme I think is fantastic if only I could remove the Aero side of things.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2011   #7
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You just want the glass effect and Peek turned off?

Transparency - Enable or Disable
Aero Peek - Turn On or Off
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2011   #8
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Beta View Post
I am not aware of one that looks good. Windows 8 will have a forced Aero that is not relient on your hardware. So there is hope.
MAYBE ...

I have one of the infamous Intel 915GM chipset Tablet PCs -- which, as everyone knows by now, does NOT support Aero.

And, not surprisingly, it STILL does not do Aero in Windows 8 Developer Preview.

But what is new, is that, unlike with Vista and Win7, where the XPDM drivers for the Intel 915GM chipset could be installed and used, in Win8, they can not. I was informed that Win7 has REMOVED support for XPDM drivers entirely.

So, if you're hoping that you will get Aero in Win8 when you do not get Aero in Win7, you're hoping for something that is not likely to happen.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Dec 2011   #9
mc510

Win7 x64
 
 

I've got (I think) the same question as aiwnjoo. For yucks, I'm testing Win7 Ultra on a box with Nvidia MX440 graphics, which can't run Desktop Window Manager (aka Desktop Composition). Which is fine; I don't care about transparency, flip, peek, or any of that. But I would like a visual style that is less butt-ugly than the Starter Edition style. The Home Basic theme is nice enough, but I guess I can't have it? I was assuming that, just as in WinXP, I could use custom visual styles ... but it sounds like you can only use custom visual styles if you're running DWM/Aero? Or is it just the case that no-one has bothered to create visual styles that work without DWM/Aero?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Can you have a nice theme without the Aero?




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Can you have a nice theme without the Aero?
Thread Forum
Out of sudden , aero theme it switches to basic theme General Discussion
Aero Theme visually similar to Classic Theme Themes and Styles
Windows 7 Home Premium basic theme is slow but aero theme is fast? Performance & Maintenance
Aero Theme/Aero system files Crashed.. basic theme only.. plzz help.. Themes and Styles
Aero Theme Themes and Styles
theme for unsupported aero theme Themes and Styles
How to place theme under the Aero theme section Themes and Styles

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:05 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App