Monday, November 22, 2010

Windows Aero features not displayed in Windows Vista

When you finally get it installed it looks pretty.Image by David Reeves via Flickr

Your Windows Vista computer's windows Aero features are not being displayed.  What is the problem?

You need to make sure you have the correct hardware installed, first and foremost.  To improve performance, Windows Vista disables Aero unless it detects appropriate hardware to support it.  Make sure your computer has a WDDM-compatible 128 MB graphics card that supports DirectX 9.0 and Pixel Shader 2.0.  The minimum requirements are:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of random accesss memory (RAM)
  • 128 MB graphics card
For optimal results, you should make sure the color is set to 32 bit, the the monitor refresh rate is higher than 10 hertz (Hz), the theme is set to Windows Vista, the color scheme is set to Windows Aero‌, and window frame transparency is on.


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