1. Open Registry Editor (RegEdit). 2. Navigate to the following registry key:
If the DWM registry key is not found, right click on Windows and then select New -> Key to create new branch and name it as DWM. 3. In the right details pane, create a new DWORD (32-bit value) named UseMachineCheck, and set its value to 0. 4. In the right details pane, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named Blur, and set its value to 0. 5. In the right details pane, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named Animations, and set its value to 0. 6. Restart the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager in Services in Control Panel (type Services.msc in Start Search), or run the following commands in a command prompt with administrator privileges:
net stop uxsms net start uxsms 7. Attempt to enable and apply Windows Aero in Windows 7. Restart the computer if required.
thanks, i'll try to play more tomorrow. i'm not running win7 now, i multibooted back to xp.
clarification what i meant. the standard win7 aero look which i was able to start easily (card is ATI 5770 with 1GB) does not look appealing to me. i mean, it does except the minimize, maximize and close button in the top right which i'd want to replace.
googling showed some people have gotten the top bars look like MacOSX etc.
so there has to be a way to do it. standard settings that i could think of did not give anything to change the look of those. no, i dont want macosx either, just an example to shows peope have done significantly different styles. even googling did not reveal how they've done it...
By default you can only use themes that have Microsofts digital signature (correct me if I'm wrong).
If you really want to do this then you will need to patch the uxtheme.dll and two others i can't remember at the moment in order to use third party themes. Just googe it and you will find walkthroughs.
Incedentally I did this the other day and installed a full glass theme. While explorer now looks epic the "paper" in word is grey which is less than ideal so just be aware that there may be some sideaffects. (You can change back to one of the default themes at any time.)