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Windows 7: Aero Not working?? (Desktop window manager)

13 Aug 2014   #1
H4LO341

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Aero Not working?? (Desktop window manager)

So last week I turned my computer on in the morning as usual and after logging on I notice that Windows Aero is now the basic Windows 98-esk style... so I go to my themes and I change it to an "Aero" theme again and absolutely nothing changes except the wallpaper. I tried the Microsoft Fix-It aero troubleshooter utility and it said that Desktop window manager was disabled. I went to Services.msc and checked if it was running and it was in fact running. Even so I still restarted the service and it still says it's running every time I boot up, yet no Aero?? I'm stumped on this one


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13 Aug 2014   #2
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Make sure under -adjust the appearance and performance of windows-(type that in search box) that you have desktop composition turned on.
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14 Aug 2014   #3
H4LO341

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I went where you said but there's nothing in here that says desktop composition??
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14 Aug 2014   #4
andrew129260

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Do the step 1 screenshot, then step 2


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14 Aug 2014   #5
H4LO341

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ohhh that... this is a higher level problem then that I promise and All the options in the visual effects tab are checked
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16 Aug 2014   #6
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I would run the system File Checker first and see if it finds any issues

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If no issues, we can try from there.

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17 Aug 2014   #7
H4LO341

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So I ran SFC /SCANNOW and it scheduled repairs, I rebooted and tried switching to an "aero" theme and it did in fact fix my problem. Thanks for the help!
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17 Aug 2014   #8
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Great, it's always nice when it isn't an ordeal

A Guy
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