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Windows 7: Question for Aguy

23 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Question for A Guy

I read this thread a moment ago

Windows theme changes to basic while streaming-recording after 30min

When you mentioned unchecking Enable desktop composition to stop his theme changing it made me think of something. I am a gamer and have had that happen while playing before. After reading a lot of threads and viewing gaming forums some answers pointed to this or that (weak psu, bad drivers, faulty netcode, etc..).

Would unchecking Enable desktop composition stop that pop up while gaming, or is something else probably causing that. I have monitored and my system was fine temp wise and resource wise, but would still get that. I decided it was due to my system specs so built another system and have not seen it happen but once in the last five weeks or so. However browsing through some gaming sites I see others with this happening, who have high end systems.

Was just curious if you had an idea of what causes this

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24 Mar 2013   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Do you get a popup telling you windows wants to change to basic mode, and options?

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If so, and you just want to disable that try this:

Start> In search box type action center> Enter> In left pane click on Change Action Center settings> Under Maintenance messages untick Windows Troubleshooting

If you want to prevent the change to basic theme, then yes, it is possible the instructions in that other post will also work for you. If specifically the desktop composition is what works, you can try and change that only for the shorcuts you use to launch the particular games.

Right click the shortcut> Properties> Compatibility tab> Disable desktop composition

See if that helps. A Guy

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24 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Thanks, I'll pass those tips on. Unchecking the Windows troubleshooting is an answer I haven't seen.
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24 Mar 2013   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Hope it works for you fellow Dude

A Guy
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22 Feb 2014   #5

Win 7 x64 Ultimate
Please help this is still plaguing me and suggestion doesn't work

I've done what's suggested here (and every other suggestion Google finds for me), and NONE work.

Has anyone been able to disable this? I have a 3gb r9 280x, core i5-3570k@4.5ghz, 8gb ddr-1600 RAM. My system is not low on resources and even if it is it's because I'm playing a game and I WANT it to be low on resources! Clicking the last selection on that annoying pop up window only makes it go away for ten minutes.
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22 Feb 2014   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

You might try this:

Since Windows doesn't understand how resources work, you need to keep it from checking them:

In regedit go to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (create if not already existent)

Set a new DWORD UseMachineCheck with a value of 0.

This will keep Windows from checking if your computer "performs slowly" and thus attempting to disable Aero.

A Guy
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23 Feb 2014   #7

Win 7 x64 Ultimate

That is indeed one of the many things I've tried...But thank you.

Actually since implementing all the changes I've found online (the two above, plus settings windows performance to best quality instead of letting Windows decide) I don't think I've actually seen the pop up. I'll have to test some more but it may very well be that one or all of the changes suggested works.
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