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Windows 7: Quick Aero toggle (shortcut?)

12 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 x86 b7048
Quick Aero toggle (shortcut?)

I sometimes want to turn aero off quickly for a short period of time (e.g. when runing 3dsmax 64bit, the "disable desktop composition" in compatibility options is grayed out) and the method for vista (rundll32.exe dwmApi #102) doesn't work. Any ideas?

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12 May 2009   #2


Try the compatability tab. There's an option to turn off visual themes when a program runs.

edit: I don't need to read no stinking OP!

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12 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 x86 b7048

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
edit: I don't need to read no stinking OP!
Oh yes, you do
Also I think it's grayed out because of the app itself is 64 bit. I beleive I also can only change the OS compatibility to vista sp1-2 because of that.
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20 Jun 2009   #4

Windows 7

net start uxsms
net stop uxsms

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20 Jun 2009   #5

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot

'Net Start' will do it but 'SC Start' is dedicated to services (stands for Service Controller).
Dont know if theres any performance differences but SC has more options for other service options etc.

Do 'SC /?' in an elevated command prompt for a full listing of service control stuff. :)

I did make a list a while back for hidden commands for Win7 here.

Better still, in reply to the OP, slap this in a batch file...
@echo off
sc interrogate uxsms | find "1062"
if %errorlevel%==0 goto :sc_start
sc stop uxsms
sc start uxsms

If you dont know how to create a batch file, do the following:
Create a new txt file and paste the above code in, then rename the whole filename including the '.txt' bit to 'Aero.bat'.

right clicking this file and clicking on "Run as administrator" will now toggle aero on and off.
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10 Oct 2009   #6

windows 7 build 7100 x64

sorry to be digging up this old thread but i'm looking for a batch file that can toggle aero on/off and the above suggestions doesn't seem to work for me. It will just run and nothing will happen. Any suggestions on what's wrong?

I tried to kill dwm using task manager manually and it only results in it starting up by itself immediately again.

i'm on windows 7 RC x64 by the way..
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26 Aug 2010   #7

Win 7 Home 64bit
Same problem

You're a genius, I was looking for this command for soooo long !
the trick is to execute the batch as administrator if you want it to work !!
At least it works with me on Win 7 home 64bits
Thanks !
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