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
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?