Ok... Does ANYONE have a tool for VISTA (not XP) that will give me preview thumbnails in my taskbar? For it does not seem to exist for Vista. And I searched A LOT, grmbl :/
In short, I cannot get the thumbnail previews to actual appear when I hoover over them with my mouse.
I got this laptop from a friend, Vista Home Basic. It turns out, it can't do sheit. So I started to look around.
I have the option to "Enable Thumbnail Preview", and it's on. Still, no previews of the active programs to see. Thumbnail Previews on Taskbar - Enable or Disable
and Thumbnail Previews on Taskbar
I've read on a page that Vista thumbnail preview not only depends on "Aero" (btw; I cannot select Aero, nor can I download it ANYWHERE but with TuneUp Utilities I installed a 3th party Windows 7 Theme that did support transparancy - I ought it to be enough Aero???) BUT the previews also depend on the Windows Experience Index. If the rating has the score of 1.0, it means that the computer do not support Aero. Aero will only run on system that has rating of 3.0 or above. Easy Way to Determine if A Vista System Supports Windows Aero Glass Effects
I cannot find the original page again, but I believe it mentioned a minimum score of 2.3 for thumbnail previews?? One would have to research further if this is important....
Now a strange threesome starts to unfold... The vista laptop did not have the hardware score index calculated. So I did, and I got 3.2. I rebooted the computer and my custom transparancy theme was gone. After re-enabling transparancy with "Aero", my WEI was unknown again. I thought this was because my Vista did not remember my score. Some researching brought me to the index-score-file. Playing with the file did not show anything interesting. The index score should be there, for it was stored in the file.
Then... It turns out that to enable thumbnail preview on Vista Home Basic, I have to enable Aero and I have to have an Index over 2.9. But enabling Aero disables the index score, and enabling the index score disables "aero" (aero==my downloaded windows 7 theme, applied with tuneup utilities, that has transparancy. I do not know if this is enough).
So again... Who knows a program, not for xp but for vista, that will give this vista home basic laptop it's thumbnail previews?? Thank you, for I lost over 10 hours researching all this, and I just wanna give my friend a need looking laptop back :/
Other interesting reading: Turn Vista into Windows 7 for free | CNET TV - CNET
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PS: some searches and other links for this problem... enable taskbar thumbnail preview on vista basic -"windows 7" - Google zoeken +vista +enable previews taskbar -"windows 7" ~utility - Google zoeken How to Enable / Activate Aero Theme in Windows Vista Home Basic Edition? - Tweaking with Vishal transform vista into windows-7 - Google zoeken