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Turning Off Aero

Windows picks an interface for you based on your computer's memory, display hardware, and video card, but you can change it manually.

To set the interface:

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization.
  2. Select an interface (Table 4.1) in the theme list (Figure 4.8 and Figure 4.9). The themes are grouped in Aero and non-Aero categories.

    Table 4.1. Windows Interfaces




    The top-tier display, with advanced visual effects like transparent-glass windows and Start menu; real-time thumbnails on taskbar buttons and in the Alt+Tab window switcher; Flip 3D (Windows logo key+Tab); subtle animations; dynamic reflections; drop shadows; and color gradients. This interface is available in the higher-end Windows editions and only with suitable display hardware.


    Like Aero but without transparency, live thumbnails, Flip 3D, and other gee-whizzery. It has the same hardware requirements as Aero. If you're using a laptop, use Basic to save battery power.


    Mimics the look of Windows 98/2000 , with minimal hardware requirements. It changes only appearance, not functionality; you still get Search boxes, column controls, and so on.

    High Contrast

    For people with vision problems. See also "Accommodating Disabled Users" later in this chapter.

    Figure 4.8

    Figure 4.8 The Windows Basic interface.

    Figure 4.9

    Figure 4.9 The Windows Classic interface.

  3. Click OK in each open dialog box.
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