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Customization Context Menu - Add or Remove Turn Aero On and Off

Brink

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Context Menu - Add or Remove Turn Aero On and Off How to Add or Remove Turn Aero On or Off from the Vista Context Menu
This will show you how to add or remove Turn Aero On and Turn Aero Off to the desktop and Windows Explorer context menu (right click) to turn the Aero Glass Transparency On or Off at will.
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How to Add or Remove Turn Aero On or Off from the Vista Context Menu
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This will show you how to add or remove Turn Aero On and Turn Aero Off to the desktop and Windows Explorer context menu (right click) to turn the Aero Glass Transparency On or Off at will.
How to Add or Remove Turn Aero On or Off from the Vista Context Menu

information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove Turn Aero On and Turn Aero Off to the desktop and Windows Explorer Context (right click) menu to turn the Aero Glass Transparency On or Off at will.

You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

Note   Note
You will need to have the Windows Aero color scheme selected in order for the Glass Transparency to work.
warning   Warning
HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR: WINDOWS AERO Color Scheme
See: Windows Help and Support: Troubleshoot problems with Windows Aero

NOTE: The Windows Aero color scheme is not available for the Vista Home Basic edition. :(
  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme)
  • You must be have True Color (32 bit) set instead of High Color (16 bit).
  • The desktop composition and Animate controls and elements inside windows options need to be enabled in Visual Effects.
  • The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Themes Services need to be set as Started and Automatic.
  • Refresh or update your WEI score. You will need an WEI score minimum of 2.0 in both Graphics & Gaming graphics in order for Aero to be activated.

EXAMPLE: Context menu before and after Turn Aero On and Turn Aero Off is added
Before.jpg After.jpg




METHOD ONE
Using a REG File Download

1. To Add Turn Aero On and Turn Aero Off
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Add_Turn_Aero-On_Off.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Remove Turn Aero On and Turn Aero Off
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Remove_Turn_Aero-On_Off.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on the Run button for Security Warning pop-up.​
6. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​





METHOD TWO
Manually Through Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the serach boxand press Enter.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue.​
3. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 4)​
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell

4. To Add Turn Aero On and Turn Aero Off
A) In the left pane, right click on shell and click on New, then Key.​
Reg1.jpg

5. Type Turn Aero On and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
6. In the left pane, right click on Turn Aero On and click on New, then Key.​
Reg2.jpg

7. Type command and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
8. In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify.​
Reg3.jpg

9. Type Rundll32 dwmApi #102 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify_Aero_On.jpg

10. The registry will now look like this so far. (See screenshot below)​
Reg4.jpg

11. In the left pane, right click on shell and click on New, then Key. (See screenshot below)​
12. Type Turn Aero Off and press Enter.​
13. In the left pane, right click on Turn Aero Off and click on New, then Key.​
Reg5.jpg

14. Type command and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
15. In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify.​
Reg6.jpg

16. Type Rundll32 dwmApi #104 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
A) Go to step 20.​
Modify_Aero_Off.jpg

17. The registy will now look like this. (See screenshot below)​
Reg7.jpg

18. To Remove Turn Aero On and Turn Aero Off
A) In the left pane, right click on Turn Aero Off and click on Delete. (See screenshot below)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.​
C) In the left pane, right click on Turn Aero On and click on Delete. (See screenshot below)​
D) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.​
Remove_Aero_On_Off.jpg

19. Close regedit.​
That's it,
Shawn


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dinesh

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#2
My laptop never gave me battery for more than 2hrs but with this tutorial, my laptop power is up for 1 hour extra. Thanks for that superb info. i have always been looking for such hack so that i can turn off the greedy aero whenever i dont need and at the same time, i have all those glassy and shiny looks.
 

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Brink

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#3
You're welcome Dinesh.

Shawn
 

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    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1920x1080
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech MX Master
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
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dinesh

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#4
Hey Shawn, i just noticed this today.
When i click on Turn on Aero, it will just uncheck the Enable Transparency option in display properties however i was still able to use the aero. Strange!
 

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Brink

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#5
Dinesh,

Yep, that's what it says in the INFO box at the top of the tutorial. ;)
 

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    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

dinesh

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#6
Oops ! ! ! I didnot read the info. But its nice that it saves my laptop battery by 20 mins.
 

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    Graphics Card(s)
    On board upto 358 MB RAM
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Brink

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#7
LOL, you can get into trouble by not doing that. ;)
 

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    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD