The Aero theme set has been around since Windows Vista came out. This includes transition effects such as window animations, as well as the transparent glass design, all of which is designed to make the OS more pleasing to the user’s eye. So what do you do when you see Windows 7 Aero not working as it should?
Check if your computer meets the hardware requirements
- 1-gigahertz (GHz) processor, 32- or 64-bit.
- 1 GB of RAM.
- 128 MB Graphics card.
You also need a DirectX 9 class graphics processor with support for the Windows Display Driver Model Driver, Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware, and 32 bits per pixel.
Recommended graphics processor specs
- 64 MB of graphics memory, if the monitor you’re using has under 1,310,720 pixels of resolution. This could be a 17-inch flat panel 1280 x 1024 LCD monitor.
- 128 MB of graphics memory if the monitor has resolution ranging between 1,310,720 and 2,304,000 pixels – a 21.1-inch 1600 x 1200 resolution monitor.
- 256 MB of graphics memory if the monitor resolution exceeds 2,304,000 pixels. This would probably be a 30-inch monitor.
If your hardware meets all of the requirements mentioned here, and you still find Windows 7 Aero not working right, then check to see if the color is set to 32 bit. Also, make sure the monitor refresh rate is above 10 hertz (Hz). The theme should also support Aero. The color scheme needs to be set right if this is to be noticeable. Also see that frame transparency is turned on.
Setting the color to 32 bit
- Go to Start, and from there, select Control Panel. Choose Appearance and Personalization, and then select Personalization. Move to Display Settings and hit OK.
- Go to the Colors section, and choose Highest (32 bit).
Setting the monitor refresh rate
- This setting needs to be higher than 10 Hz. Go to Display settings inside Control Panel. It can be found under Personalization.
- Go to Advanced Settings.
- Move to the Monitor tab, and then click to set a refresh rate that is higher than 10 Hz.
- Choose Apply. It’ll take a moment for the monitor to adjust to the new setting. Confirm by clicking Yes when a message comes up. Hit OK.
The Aero theme should work now. The transition between windows is pretty cool, but this will take up more resources than the classic theme.