Windows Vista: Turn Aero Transparency on and off

If you use Windows Vista, and ever felt the need to turn off  the “Aero transparency interface”, here is the normal process that you would have to go through: Open Appearance Settings by clicking Start -> Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Window Color and Appearance. Uncheck the box labeled Aero Transparency, and then press […]

If you use Windows Vista, and ever felt the need to turn off  the “Aero transparency interface”, here is the normal process that you would have to go through:

  1. Open Appearance Settings by clicking Start -> Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Window Color and Appearance.
  2. Uncheck the box labeled Aero Transparency, and then press OK.

or you can try the following method:

Run REGEDIT and go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell. Right-click the Shell part, select New > Key and call it Aero On.

Right-click the Aero On key you’ve created, and create a new key called command. Double-click this (in the right-hand side of the screen) and give it the value Rundll32 dwmApi #102.

Right-click the Shell key again, select New > Key, and call this Aero Off. Create a command key below it, as you’ve just done, and give it the value Rundll32 dwmApi #104.

Now, right-click an empty part of the desktop to see your options, and select Aero On when you want fancy effects like Flip 3D, and Aero Off when you’re after raw speed.

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