Hi CB, and Andre,
No, I am not using dream scene, just a solid picture for background. And
yes, both Desktop window manager session manager and theme services are
running, and are configured as automatic.
The windows experience index is up to date, and my nvidia driver is freshly
downloaded from nvidia.com. The box was cleanly rebuilt at the wee hours of
this morning, but windows aero never appeared in the list.
When vista booted for the first time, it didn't recognize the video card, so
I could understand why aero wasn't listed. Then I installed the nvidia
driver, and as soon as I did that, it automatically switched to aero, even
aero was missing from the list. It seems like aero had hijacked windows
vista theme, and I cannot use the non-transparent windows vista theme on the
desktop. This box has a WEI of 3.4
My laptop does the opposite, although I didn't re-install vista. Aero
doesn't show up in the list. The current theme is windows vista theme, no
transparency, no windows+tab switching. on my laptop, I cannot use the aero,
although the WEI has a pretty decent 3.4 also.
> "Jim" wrote:
> > When I first installed windows vista ultimate, I had three themes, Windows
> > Aero, Windows Vista, and Windows Classic. Then yesterday, I noticed that
> > Windows Aero theme was missing from the list of themes, but my desktop was
> > actually using aero (with transparency, and with the cool windows + tab task
> > switching).
> > I had some problems with theme and Nero 7, so I thought maybe it messed it
> > up. Since the box was newly setup, I formatted C:\ drive and did a clean
> > install of Windows vista ultimate again. To my surprise, as soon as I
> > installed the correct video driver (and rebooted of course), my desktop
> > theme automatically went to aero, but aero was still not listed at all. My
> > theme manager says I was using "modified theme", but if I switched it to
> > "windows vista", it still had transparency and all that, only the desktop
> > background changed to the greenish vista picture.
> > I wonder why this was the case. At first, I suspected some windows updates
> > removed aero and forced vista theme to be aero, but it couldn've been the
> > case because that happened right after I did a fresh install, before any
> > updates were done. My box uses nVidia GeForce 8400 GS... could the nvidia
> > video card driver be causing this? Has anyone else seen this problem?
> > Worth mentioning here, is that my laptop (running vista ultimate, using
> > nvidia geForce 8400M GS) is also seeing this problem, but with a twist - aero
> > is not listed among the themes. To conserve power, I initially chose not to
> > use aero, and currently it doesn't have transparency.
> > Can someone help?
> To the best of my knowledge, once you start running a DreamScene
> desktop your theme settings are changed to "Modified". Are you using a
> DreamScene desktop?
> Have a nice day.