Cannot run Aero on Windows Vista

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I have Windows Vista Home Premium but I cannot run Aero. What should I do?

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Answered By 200 points N/A #87103

Cannot run Aero on Windows Vista

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I agree that you should be getting Aero as you have supported version of Vista installed.  Just to ensure we cover the basics. Can you confirm if you met the following hardware requirements:

  • 1 Gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Processor
  • 1 Gigabyte (GB) of Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • 128-Megabyte (MB) Graphics Card
Answered By 110 points N/A #87105

Cannot run Aero on Windows Vista

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I met the requirements you specified, yet I'm still not getting Aero to work for me. Anything else I should do?

Answered By 200 points N/A #87107

Cannot run Aero on Windows Vista

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Of course, you can check if your display setting for color is set to 32 bit.  Your monitor refresh rate should be set to higher that 10 Hz, your current theme is set to Windows Vista with the color scheme set to Aero, lastly, window frame transparency should be on. Let me know if these are the settings that you have.

Answered By 110 points N/A #87109

Cannot run Aero on Windows Vista

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I changed my settings as you mentioned but still no Aero. By the way, I recently installed a new video card, does that have anything to do with it?

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Answered By 200 points N/A #87111

Cannot run Aero on Windows Vista

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That will definitely affect Aero specially if you installed it after Windows Vista has been set up. What you can do in this case is to update your computer's performance score that should (hopefully) enable Aero for you. Here's how:

Go to START > Control Panel > System and Maintenance then click on Performance Information and Tools. From there click on "Update my score".

Answered By 110 points N/A #87112

Cannot run Aero on Windows Vista

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Oh, so that's what I should have done. It's working now. I didn't know my video card replacement would actually cause Aero to act up. Thanks so much for your help! You got me up and running!

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