Registry Tweak to Enable / Activate Aero Glass Theme in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Basic Editions

We all know that the new Aero glass theme is not provided in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Basic Editions. All other Windows editions come this new cool glassy interface. Microsoft has removed the Aero theme from these basic editions.

But there is a registry trick available to enable the Aero glass theme in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Basic editions. You can check following screenshot showing Aero glass UI in Windows Vista Home Basic edition:

Aero_Glass_Theme_Windows_Vista_Home_Basic_Edition.png

If you are using these Windows editions and want to enable Aero UI, check out following simple steps:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

3. In right-side pane, change value of "Composition" to 1 and "CompositionPolicy" to 2. If you don't see the keys, create them manually using right-click options.

Enable_AeroTheme_Windows_Vista_7_Home_Basic.png

4. Restart your system and you'll be able to select the Aero theme from Desktop Properties.

PS: If you want a ready-made Registry script to do the whole task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted .REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Download Registry Script

NOTE: Your system must meet the minimum requirements to run Aero interface in Windows Vista and Windows 7.





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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista


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  • Thanks, works like a charm.

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