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Aero - Enable in Unsupported Editions of Windows 7

How to Enable Aero in Unsupported Editions of Windows 7
Published by Jonathan_King
08 Jan 2010
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How to Enable Aero in Unsupported Editions of Windows 7


Note   Note
Your machine still needs to meet the minimum hardware requirements before it can run Aero.

For Home Basic users: Aero does not mean that transparency will be enabled. Only Aero taskbar thumbnails and maybe some other features will be enabled by this utility. There is no way to enable transparency on Windows Home Basic.




Here's How:
1. Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to determine whether your hardware meets the requirements.

2. Download Aero Enabler from this site.

3. Extract the compressed files to a convenient location, and run the AeroEnabler.exe file.

4. Check the Disable Hardware Check box, and click Enable Aero.
There you go, you're done!







08 Jan 2010   #1
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi john,

I haven't tried the app.

It appears to save making the registry changes yourself.

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08 Jan 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi john,

I haven't tried the app.

It appears to save making the registry changes yourself.
Do you know what registry entries are changed?
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26 Jul 2010   #3
bagavan

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

what registry entries are applied?
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26 Jul 2010   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

If the DWM registry key does not exist, right click, then select New -> Key and name it DWM.

Under DWM key, create a new DWORD (32-bit value) named UseMachineCheck, and set its value to 0.

Again, under DWM key create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named Blur, and set its value to 0.

Again, under DWM key, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named Animations, and set its value to 0.

Restart the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service in Services.
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02 Jan 2011   #5
Paultx

Windows 7
 
 

Aero Enabler worked on this notebook of mine, but at a certain point the system began to be so slow that Windows itself recommended me to change to a 7 Basic theme, and this brought speed back. So I ask: what exactly do I need to upgrade to get Aero running without losing performance?
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02 Jan 2011   #6
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello Paul,

The you can try increasing the video memory in the BIOS; that's the best you can do, without upgrading the laptop.
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22 Apr 2011   #7
amithoward

Windows 7 Home Basic x64
 
 

I also have Home Basic and I have partial Aero enabled (only Aero Peek). I did the registry changes and also ran the Windows Upgrade Advisor. It passed me through the test. But I checked Aeroenabler page and it clearly says there that it doesn't add glass transparency etc. So what does it really do? Apart from Aero peek that I already have?? What other features of Aero does it offer?
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22 Apr 2011   #8
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello,

This description might help:
Quote:
NOTE for Home Basic users: Aero does not mean that transparency will be enabled. Only Aero taskbar thumbnails and maybe some other features will be enabled by this utility. There is no way to enable transparency on Windows Home Basic.
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22 Apr 2011   #9
amithoward

Windows 7 Home Basic x64
 
 

Home Basic users have Aero Peek (partial with Live Thumbnail Preview in Taskbar). Mouse hovering over Show Desktop button is not available.
Flip 3d is missing
Aero Shake is missing
Blur effect
Transparency
and of course Aero Themes

So for the ones I have noticed on my Home Basic (without Aero Enabler) are: (features according to Wikipedia article on Windows Aero)
Aero Peek (Live Thumbnail preview)
Aero Snap
Jump List
When hovering over the taskbar button for a running program, the button glows the dominant RGB color of its icon.
Progress bars can be used in the program's taskbar buttons. If a program is executing a process which takes significant time, its taskbar button will act as a progress bar by filling up with green as the operation progresses.

And probably a few more basic ones that might be slipping out of my head right now.
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