Windows Aero Theme Not Showing


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I reinstalled Windows Vista Home Premium (reformatted my computer), but now when I go to "Themes" or "Color Schemes" to change the windows appearance Windows Aero does not appear. It worked before, why does it not even show up now? Is there a driver or something I need to install?

I can search for Aero and find the files called: aero.theme, etc. but they still don't show up on the list for themes or color schemes even after I open them.

ALl that shows up for themes are: Windows Vista Basic, Windows Standard, Windows Classic, High Contrast White, High Contrast Black, High Contrast #2, High Contrast #1.

My Computer Information Basics:
-Dell Inspiron 530S
-Windows Vista Home Premium
-Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
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My Computer


Beacon of Happiness
Vista Pro
You should update your graphics card drivers. Because now Vista thinks you have a very bad GC since there aren't any drivers.

Just download the newest drivers for your GC and Aero will show up.

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
    ASUS P5B-E Plus
    4GB Kingston ValueRAM DDR2-667
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS EN8800GT 512
    Sound Card
    Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard Bell Maestro 190W
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 @ 75Hz
    Hard Drives
    WesternDigital 200GB 7200RPM + Iomega Desktop HD 360GB 7200RPM
    Xilence Power 600W Gaming Edition
    Coolermaster Centurion 534 Black
    Standard Coolermaster Case Fans + Standard Intel CPU Fan.
    Razer Copperhead Tempest Blue
    Logitech G15 V1
    Internet Speed
    100.0 Mbps