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Windows 7: Aero fade effect problems

12 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Aero fade effect problems


I'm looking for a solution to this annoying little problem which has been avoiding me for months.

I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit addition. All of my performance settings are permanently set to have the full Aero effects and my accessibility settings are set to ensure they are all running.

My laptop has a windows experience index of 3.3 and normally has no problem running the graphical effects.

But...this is the problem. Every time I start up the laptop the Aero window fade effect and the minimising effect doesn't happen. The screen remains in Aero style and as far as I can tell these are the only effects that are stopped. In order to reactivate the Aero style I have to go to the System Properties window>Peformance settings and switch the radio button from the 'adjust for best appearance' option to either one of the other two available and switch it back again. I don't even need to click apply - but once I click okay the effects are all back to normal.

There are two other things that I've noticed:
  1. When I start Windows, just before all of the background programmes have finished loading, the fade effect is working. It appears as if one of the start up progams is disabling it. However I've uninstalled and reinstalled each one in turn to see which one is causing the problem and so far there's no change. I currently have Dropbox, Onenote 2010, and Avast anti-virus running in the background
  2. I have run a netbook and another laptop on Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit and Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit and they all have the same problem - with the same symtoms.

This isn't a critical problem, but its just an annoyance. I love the way Windows 7 looks and it seems a shame that to get the full effect I have to keep adjusting the settings. I would appreciate any advice as to how I can sort it.

Many thanks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2011   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)

Update your Display driver, and remove your currently one if it's the one from Microsoft.

Fixed mine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the suggestion.

Admittedly, I've never tried uninstalling the previous driver before updating it, but I've just gone through the process as you advised and I'm afraid it hasn't fixed the problem.

Thanks for the idea though.
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12 May 2011   #4

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I notice you said two other options do you have a Custom option? If you do select it and check or uncheck what you want and click on Apply then OK.
See if that will help.

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12 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi Jerry,

Thank you for your message.

It doesn't make any difference whether I use Custom, best appearance, or let windows choose for me. The only change in the settings comes when i adjust for best performance, but that kills all of the effects.

Thanks for the help though,
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