Aero Theme will not stay set and so cannot turn on Aero

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by ourstanley, Jan 11, 2008.

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    ourstanley Guest

    I've just helped a friend install a new nVidia GeForce 7200 video card in his
    PC to allow him to run his Tiger Woods Golf game and some games for his son.
    His Windows Vista Index (or whatever it is called) has now increased from 2.3
    to 3.0 (the lowest score was under Graphics, this has now increased to 3.2,
    the Gaming Graphics score was 3.0 and has remained as that).

    The games now play OK.

    However the Aero experience won't work. When we follow the steps for the
    settings for Colour (32 bit), refresh rate (greater than 10Hz) etc we get as
    far as setting the theme from Windows Vista Basic to Windows Aero, hit Apply
    then OK, but when we click the Appearance section to turn on transparency it
    still comes up as the Themes dialogue box and the theme has been set back to
    Windows Vista Basic.

    Can anyone advise how we can get Aero to operate?

    Many thanks
    ourstanley, Jan 11, 2008
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  2. You might need to refresh your Windows Experience Index (WEI) rating.
    1. Click Start
    2. In the search box, type Performance Information and Tools, hit enter
    3. Click the Update my score link
    4. Click Continue on the User Account Control dialog

    Ensure the following services are running:
    - Desktop Windows Manager
    - Themes

    (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services).
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 11, 2008
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    Engel Guest

    Engel, Jan 11, 2008
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    Curt Guest

    3.0 is the bare minimum score in WEI to run Aero.

    Did you update the drivers from nvidia?
    Curt, Jan 11, 2008
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    elw Guest

    I am suffering similar problems:
    Acer Travelmate 6292 was doing fine (Aero turned on and working) whe
    one day I suddenly noticed that the transparency and the 3d flip ha
    gone (not too bad but annoying).
    When the system is restarted, Aero is working but at the end of th
    startup sequence the screen blinks and aero is gone.
    Following the steps from the Vista help to turn Aero on do not work.
    This might have happened after I had connected some external monitor
    and extended my desktop on them.

    I find that if I manually restart the Destop Window Manager Sessio
    Manager service, aero is turned back on. The effect is lost after
    reboot however.
    (search continues)
    elw, Jan 11, 2008
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    BSchwarz Guest

    Have you installed any software lately
    While rare now that Vsta has been out for a while certain softwar
    would cause Vista to disable Aero. I remember Java used to do tha
    BSchwarz, Jan 11, 2008
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    John Smith Guest

    this again is incorrect...

    you can run aero even if you have never done the test to see how you score..

    that card supports aero and will run aero even if his cpu is less than 3
    John Smith, Jan 12, 2008
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    RMZ Guest

    I can tell you my experience.... First time I turned my PC (out of the
    box) I had upgraded the graphics card from the vendor supplied on
    motherboard video and as a result, I had to go through the process of
    downloading the proper Vista drivers, etc... After installing the
    latest nVidia drivers I could utilize all the power of the video card
    to set resolution, play games and video etc at 32-bit color, but Aero
    wasn't on, rebooting did nothing.... So I finally forced Vista to
    retest the hardware and after that Aero was turned on.

    I've read this is the only way to enable Aero if it is disabled. There
    is no manual option to force it on. Some hardware vendors drivers I
    suppose may enable Aero, but I know that wasn't the case on the
    GeForce 7600 GS or the ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro based cards that I
    experimented with.

    Once Aero is enabled, it stays enabled as far as I know.
    RMZ, Jan 12, 2008
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    Frank Guest

    How did an obvious idiot moron know nothing loser like you ever get the
    funds to purchase a computer...even the cheapest one from wally mart?
    Was it on five finger discount...LOL!
    Frank, Jan 12, 2008
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    elw Guest

    Not that I am aware of, but it may be wise to check.
    elw, Jan 12, 2008
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    elw Guest

    Not that I am aware of but it may be wise to check.
    elw, Jan 12, 2008
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    elw Guest

    You were completely right. I had installed Philips Media Manager whic
    is indeed reported to set Vista back from Aero to Vista Basic.
    After de-installing Aero now stays. Thanks for your help.
    elw, Jan 14, 2008
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