Disable Aero on Win8? RRS feed

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  • I understand that DWM_EC_DISABLECOMPOSITION is depreciated on Win8. Is there any way to turn off Aero in Win8?


    • Moved by Sheng Jiang 蒋晟 Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:30 PM Not dev related. Windows user forum is at answers.microsoft.com.
    Thursday, June 7, 2012 9:50 PM


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  • Aero is already going to be dropped, system wide, on Windows 8, which is why this is deprecated (it's meaningless if Aero doesn't exist).

    This was mentioned in this blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/18/creating-the-windows-8-user-experience.aspx 

    For a summary, I'd refer you to a media site, such as: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/05/microsoft-drops-aero-glass-ui-in-windows-8/

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    • Marked as answer by WolfKC Thursday, June 7, 2012 10:20 PM
    Thursday, June 7, 2012 10:01 PM
  • Thanks, that is good info.


    Thursday, June 7, 2012 10:20 PM
  • Really? Dropping Aero & calling it something else are not the same thing. I'm using Windows 8 RTM & the Aero effects from Windows 7 seem to be enabled with no way for me to turn them off. My taskbar is transparent for some reason and there is no visible option to change this...

    So, if it was dropped then what the hell are all of these Aero effects?
    Monday, October 22, 2012 1:10 AM
  • If you want to disable Aero in Win8 RTM you can do it manually or you can just google/bing AeroLite themepack
    To do it manually:

    1. press your windows key + r to bring up the run dialog
    2. type in resources, hit ok
    3. open the themes directory
    4. open aero.theme with notepad
    5. go to line 5 and change the display name to simply say "Aero Lite"
    6. go to line 51 the VisualStyles section and change where it says aero.msstyles to aerolite.msstyles
    7. save the file to your desktop and make sure you do not save it as a txt file, it must be saved with the extension .msstyles
    8. now copy that file to your themes directory

    Now you're done. Right click desktop, click personalize and select the theme "Aero Lite" and voila, no more Aero BS.

    ((Thanks for the bad intel Mr. Reed Copsey Jr... You should lose points for that.))

    Now, THIS is the best answer.
    You're welcome! ;)

    • Proposed as answer by Kain Highwind Monday, October 22, 2012 2:23 AM
    Monday, October 22, 2012 2:23 AM