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Windows 7: Changing theme when program opens


18 Aug 2012   #1

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Changing theme when program opens

Hey guys I have a quick question, I play videogames on my pc and get much better performance when I go to windows classic, but I like the look of windows aero for general computing. Is there any way I can make the computer change themes when a certain program is open, like battlefield 3, and switch back to normal when tho program closes?


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19 Aug 2012   #2

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What you might try is change the compatibility of the program executable

Right click the main executable file (exe)> Choose Properties> Compatibility tab> Check next to Disable visual themes and Disable desktop composition> Apply and OK your way out

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See if this does what you want. A Guy


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19 Aug 2012   #3

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Works perfect. Thanks mate.
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19 Aug 2012   #4

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Great, glad it worked. You're welcome

A Guy
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21 Aug 2012   #5

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Alright, one more issue, before when I exited the program it would revert back to aero, now it doesn't. Could something be interfering with it?
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21 Aug 2012   #6

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I'm really not certain. I wondered if it would restore Aero when you closed it in the 1st place. When you reported it worked, I was pleased. You might try restarting Explorer after to see if that restores Aero. If so, you can add a context menu entry to simplify restarting Explorer.

Explorer - Add "Restart Explorer" to Desktop Context Menu

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22 Aug 2012   #7

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That doesn't do the trick, its a good tool to have though.

This thread

Windows 7 Aero Disabled - How can I enable it again? - Microsoft Answers

gives instructions on how to force enable aero. The only thing is I don't know if it will re-force enable it after the program closes.



EDIT: I just tried that and it worked fine, aero is now running again, I am going to play my game and see if it turns back on after it closes. Here is the window that comes up. Supposedly Windows 7 is supposed to restart aero, but it doesn't.


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24 Aug 2012   #8

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So it worked for the first few times but now it doesn't anymore, I am beyond frustrated with this. When i restart my computer the theme quickly changes back to aero enabled and then the computer shuts down. This leads me to believe that there is a program or process restricting the computer from reverting back to the default theme.
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26 Aug 2012   #9

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Bump
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26 Aug 2012   #10

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Can only offer you a Restart Aero shortcut in the desktop context menu via Kishan

How To Add Restart Aero Shortcut In Windows 7/Vista Desktop Context Menu | door2windows

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