I don't get the new Windows Vista AERO Glass user interface, why?
Windows AERO Glass requires that you have a minimum of 128 MBs video RAM
that is Direct X 9 compliant and supports the Windows Display Driver
(WDDM). If your video card does not meet these requirements, it's the likely
cause why you are not seeing it. For onboard/integrated cards, you need to
have 1 GB of dual channel memory installed with 512 MBs of RAM allocated to
the system. The amount of Video RAM also determines the resolution size your
Display can use.
My video card supports Windows AERO Glass but it's not available and I
cannot turn it on, are there any workarounds?
Again, this might be result of your video card not being Direct X 9
compatible or the system RAM is not enough to run it. Microsoft it seems has
recently implemented a requirement for systems with 512 MB or less with
slower cards. For instance, one of my systems running Vista has a 128 MB AGP
video card with 512 MBs of RAM but I only get the AERO Basic experience.
Fortunately I am able to work around this to get the Glass effects but, I
only get Glass in my Standard Administrator account.
Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > right click the Run command >
Ensure that you have the following registry value set to:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM\Composition set to 1 (32-bit DWORD)
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM\CompositionPolicy set to 2 (32-bit
2/ Restart DWM by opening a command prompt with administrative privileges
- Type 'net stop uxsms'
- Then 'net start uxsms'
If none of the above work, 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
My Vista Quickstart Guide:
"Jeffrey" <Jeffrey@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> When trying to turn on Aero in Vista Ultimate, I get the following error.
> "The theme could not load. An attempt was made to load a program with the
> incorrect format."
> I thought that maybe the file was corrupt, so I copied it from another
> computer running the same version of Vista,and still the same problem.
> Thought that possible problem in registry, however don't really know where
> start in there. Anyone, please help. Now it was working for the last
> and just quit.