Windows Aero

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Daniel Hirons, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Recently my computer would not turn on and load properly. It was just stuck
    on a black screen saying something had gone corrupt and it didn't allow me to
    go any further. Therefore I had to reload windows vista all over again and
    re-install all of my programs again. However, after doing all of this I
    realised that something was wrong with my computer. Things like the windows
    Flip 3D were not there and then I realised there was something wrong with
    Windows Aero on my computer. Before the computer crashed and would not work I
    had windows aero and I should have it now because I've got Vista Home
    Premium.

    Then when I go to personalization and Window Colour and Appearance settings
    windows aero is not available.

    So I don't know why this is happening and I would be grateful for any help
    in how to get windows aero back up and running
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 5, 2007
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  2. Have you installed the motherboard and graphic drivers?
     
    MrSlartybartfast, Aug 5, 2007
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  3. I think they're still installed from the initial time when I set up the
    computer. The computer still works fine except it is without the specific
    windows aero features.
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 5, 2007
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  4. Daniel Hirons

    dean-dean Guest

    Is "Windows Vista" a choice in Control Panel (Classic View) >
    Personalization > Theme? If not, try going to Control Panel (Classic View)
     
    dean-dean, Aug 5, 2007
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  5. windows vista is already displayed there
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 5, 2007
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  6. Daniel Hirons

    dean-dean Guest

    Well, choose Windows Vista, and then go to Control Panel (Classic View)
    Performance Information and Tools, and click on "Update My Score". (It's on
    the right-hand side of the page, beneath the big blue "Base
    Score" #.# picture).
     
    dean-dean, Aug 5, 2007
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  7. I've done that but nothing has changed....
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 6, 2007
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  8. Daniel Hirons

    dean-dean Guest

    In the Start Search box of the Start Menu, type services.msc. Is the
    Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service set to be Automatic at
    startup? If it's not, set it that way, and then restart your computer.

    If Aero still doesn't work, go to this key in the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

    In the right-hand pane, is there a value called "Composition" (without
    quotes) under the Name column? Note this NOT the value name
    "CompositionPolicy" (without quotes). If so, what is it's value for
    "Composition" under the Data column? What is the value Data for
    "CompositionPolicy"?
     
    dean-dean, Aug 6, 2007
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  9. It is already set to automatic. Shall I go ahead and do the next part of what
    you say then? What do you mean when you say the registry?
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 6, 2007
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  10. Daniel Hirons

    dean-dean Guest

    The registry is is a (huge) database for Windows and programs. You can read
    it by using the Registry Editor. However if you have never used the Editor,
    it can be pretty daunting, initially.

    Don't make any changes, just try to navigate to the Key (folder) I gave you,
    by expanding each Key one at a time, down the ladder, so to speak, starting
    with the "folder" HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Next expand the Software "folder",
    then the Microsoft "folder", and so on, and report back what you see (in the
    right-hand pane) for the DWM folder's values.

    To open the Editor, press the Windows Key + R. Type regedit in the Run box,
    and click on OK.

    Here's the "path" again: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

    When you get to the DWM Key, it will look some thing like this:
    http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/8510/rgeditmx0.jpg

    Then tell me the Data values for the Name values noted in my previous post.
     
    dean-dean, Aug 6, 2007
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  11. It just says ab(Default) in the name and then REG_SZ in the Type. Is that any
    help?
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 6, 2007
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  12. Daniel Hirons

    dean-dean Guest

    Yes, thanks. It tells me that Windows is not believing your computer is
    capable of running Aero. In Control Panel\Performance Information and
    Tools, what is your overall Base Score number? And, specifically, what is
    the number for "Desktop Performance and Windows Aero"?

    What is your computer's Manufacture's name, and what is your Model
    name|Number?
     
    dean-dean, Aug 6, 2007
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  13. it has an overall base score of 1 and a "Desktop Performance and Windows
    Aero" score of 1 as well. It is an evesham computer and the model is a solar
    XS.

    I don't really know why this is happening because before I had to reload
    vista onto the computer again I had Windows Aero and now after it sort of
    crashed and I reloaded vista it hasn't been on or available to me. Do you
    think it might be anything to do with the fact that it stored everything off
    of the previous vista thing (i.e. word documents and the settings for all the
    software) in a folder called windows.old and it isn't letting me delete
    everything from the folder now because it says I don't have the file
    permissions.

    Thanks for all your help so far, I really appreciate it!
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 6, 2007
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  14. Daniel Hirons

    dean-dean Guest

    No, the Window.old folder is a separate issue, and getting rid of it can be
    resolved also. For now, we might actually find it useful.

    You have a display driver problem, for one. It needs to be updated. You
    may need to update other drivers for other hardware devices, as well. Can
    you give me a link from the Evesham website that shows the exact computer
    you are using?

    In the Start Menu type devmgmt.msc, and open Device Manager. Expand Display
    Adapters. What is the Name of the device? Double-click on the device, and
    click on the Driver tab. Copy and Paste the Driver Version number and the
    Driver Date number into your reply to this post.
     
    dean-dean, Aug 6, 2007
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  15. Daniel Hirons, Aug 7, 2007
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  16. Daniel Hirons

    dean-dean Guest

    Thanks Dan. Your computer is using the generic Microsoft display driver.
    This shouldn't be! The Microsoft driver just gives you the minimum
    functionality necessary to view your screen. It's just a matter of finding
    what display hardware your computer has.

    To help me figure out your display hardware, so that I can find the right
    driver, do this. In the Start Menu type devmgmt.msc, and open Device
    Manager.

    In Device Manager, expand Display Adapters. Double-click Standard VGA
    Graphics Card and go to the Details
    tab of Properties. In the drop-down menu, under Property,
    choose Hardware ID. Right-click the Values shown and choose Select All.
    Copy the values and post it in your reply. It will look something like this
    example:

    PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_3150&SUBSYS_81CA104D&REV_00
    PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_3150&SUBSYS_81CA104D
    PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_3150&CC_030000
    PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_3150&CC_0300
     
    dean-dean, Aug 7, 2007
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  17. I think this is it:

    PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3371&SUBSYS_0C87105B&REV_01
    PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3371&SUBSYS_0C87105B
    PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3371&CC_030000
    PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3371&CC_0300
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 7, 2007
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  18. Daniel Hirons

    dean-dean Guest

    Thanks Dan. Good job. It's kind of a needle in a haystack, but I believe
    this is the driver you need:

    http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageID=420&OSID=36&CatID=2900&SubCatID=185

    Click on the "Click Here to Begin Free Download" link, and save it to your
    Desktop. Right-click on
    P4M900(CE)-VN896(CE)-CN896(CE)_210001f_Vista_wIShld.zip
    and choose Properties. Click on the Unblock button (Apply, OK). Then
    right-click on the file again, and choose Extract All. When the files are
    extracted, right-click on Setup.exe, and choose Run as Administrator. Allow
    Setup to do it's thing. You will proabably have to reboot.

    If successful, go to Control Panel > Performance Information and Tools, and
    click on Update My Score.

    I'll get back to the subject of Windows.old, but first I want to see if this
    goes OK (right now it's acting as kind of a backup). Too, there's another
    driver you may want to update.
     
    dean-dean, Aug 7, 2007
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  19. Thanks, will do that as soon as possible. But I am just wondering why this is
    happening now because before the computer crashed I obviousily had the
    correct driver and how come it has now gone?
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 8, 2007
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  20. Thanks ever so much Dean-Dean - Windows Aero is now back on and my screen
    resolution is also back to normal. I really appreciate all of your help. What
    a star!

    To anyone else reading this post I truly recommend Dean-Dean because he
    gives great advice, instructions and he knows what he's on about!
     
    Daniel Hirons, Aug 8, 2007
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