Enable Windows Aero in Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic
March 15, 2010 | Filed under Windows 7;
Windows Aero is the graphical user interface and the default theme in most editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, operating systems released by Microsoft. It is also available in Windows Server 2008, but is not enabled by default. The Aero is intended to be a cleaner, more powerful, more efficient and more aesthetically pleasing user interface than the previously used theme (Luna), it includes new translucency, live thumbnails, live icons, animations and eye candy.
Unfortunately for Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic users, it doesn’t come with Windows Aero feature. There are workaround that can enable transparency and blur effects, provided that their system meets the recommended hardware requirements but here is a simple and useful tool that is able to easily enable Aero on Windows that does not have Aero and bypassing the hardware check.
Aero Enabler will enable Aero on Windows Vista Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Basic. It is advisable that your computer meets the following requirements to ensure compatibility:
DirectX 9 acceleration
WDDM compatible driver
128 MB of graphics memory
Pixel Shader 2.0 with 32 bits per pixel support.
The Disable Hardware Check option is to disable Windows’ hardware check to make sure that Aero can also be enabled without meeting the WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) specifications. This tool only changes the registry settings.