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Windows 7: Color Scheme Reverting to Basic when MEmu is Launched

10 Oct 2016   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Color Scheme Reverting to Basic when MEmu is Launched

I seem to be having an issue where Windows Desktop Manager service 'thinks' it is being overloaded and switches to Windows Basic color scheme automatically, despite my attempts to prevent this and with very light loads on GPU and Memory.

Windows basic theme is activated every time I launch MEmu Android emulator.

I have two Windows 7 PC's with nearly identical software setups, but only one of them has this issue.

If anyone can help me find out why this is happening and prevent it, I would really appreciate it!

The PC in question is more than capable of handling MEmu. Here are the specs:

Asus x99 Sabertooth Motherboard
Intel i7 5820k
32 GB DDR4 Memory
GTX 980 4GB (Asus Strix)
Single 1920x1080 monitor

I am running the latest nvidia driver and latest geforce experience. Windows 7 x64, fully up to date.

Under 'Control Panel -> Performance Information and Tools -> Adjust Visual Effects > Performance' I have selected 'Adjust for Best Appearance' and have also tried 'Custom' setting here. I do not have the option 'Let Windows choose what's best for your computer' selected, but I tried that as well and it did not have any effect.

I have checked the properties of MEmu.exe and verified that it is not set to run in compatibility mode and 'Disable Desktop Composition Mode' is not checked, however I have tried checking this option and it did not have any effect on this issue. I also tried setting the app to run as administrator, but that has not helped.

I have increased/decreased/disabled/enabled the system's virtual memory but that has not had any effect. I have tried letting Windows automatically manage virtual memory, as well as setting it manually myself. It did not seem to have any effect.

The only thing I have found that temporarily fixes the issue is to restart the 'Desktop Window Manager' service after launching MEmu and the color scheme auto-changing to basic. After restarting the service, Windows will stay in aero theme without any issues until I restart/quit/start MEmu again.

Checking around, there seems to be a number of people with similar issues but most of them are running multiple monitor setups. The PC where this is happening is running only a single 1920x1080 monitor. Oddly enough, my other PC that does not suffer from this issue is running 3 monitors.

What am I missing? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Feb 2017   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Same problem - solution upgrade to 2.9.1+

I know this question was asked a while ago.
But hope this helps anyone else having same problem as me.

It turns out the problem was with Memu itself.
In changelog for 2.9.1 version I saw this:
MEmu 2.9.1 (Android 4.2) 11/18/2016
- Fix an incompatible issue with Windows aero theme

So any version after 2.9.1 should work fine with aero I think.
I'm currently using 2.9.3 and am not getting this problem anymore.
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