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Why Your Aero Glass Might Disappear All Of A Sudden

change-color-depth.pngI was going nuts the last two days, trying to figure out why my Windows Vista system all of a sudden didn’t have Aero Glass after a reboot. I tried all sorts of hacks, including editing the registry, when the answer suddenly came to me:

    Aero Glass requires 32-bit color

It’s the dumbest thing, but once in a while your display settings do change for no damn reason, and you are on 16-bit color. Go to the Personalization > Display Settings control panel and switch the colors settings. Huzzah!

Any other common things that cause Aero to just dissapear? Let me know in the comments below.

March 25th, 2007 Posted by | Vista, Windows | 9 comments

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  1. Java applet may also switch your desktop to classic theme. Some apps just can’t work with aero, that’s it.

    Comment by Mike | March 25, 2007

  2. It disppears on me when a program that is launched can handle it for some reason. Trillian is one that does it to me, and Ulead Video Studio.

    Comment by David | March 25, 2007

  3. Lets not forget if you run any application in compatability mode, then Aero will go the way of the Dodo.

    Comment by Dan Bowling | March 26, 2007

  4. Yeah, some apps do that, but the number is less than it was during the Vista betas. I haven’t had it happen to me in weeks.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | March 26, 2007

  5. K-Lite Codec pack when using Media player classic turns it off too

    Comment by Liam Daly | March 27, 2007

  6. My aero has just disappeared, i’ve tried all hacks and stuff as well. and i am using 32bit
    i just dont understand it!!
    if anyone knows, just leave a comment please!

    Comment by Roger Sparrow | April 6, 2007

  7. Thanks for the tip. My Aero option disappered. I changed the display mode back and forth to 32 bit and then it showed up :)

    Comment by ibraheem | May 14, 2007

  8. If switching back and forth to 32-bit color still doesn’t work, then try this:

    Click the Start button and in the search bar, type services.msc and press enter. Scroll down to where it says Themes. Right-click and select Restart. If it is set to Manual, then right-click on it–>Properties and change it to say Automatic.

    Comment by Chris | September 9, 2007

  9. Tried all of the previous posts with no luck. Can someone help me?

    Comment by Mattcastb | November 29, 2007

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