windows 7 areo

Posted on 2012-09-13
Last Modified: 2012-09-19
I usually don't use the windows 7 aero features. In fact I right clicked on the computer icon, went to advanced system settings, chose the advanced tab, and clicked on the settings button under performance. I then chose "adjust for best performance ".
After that, I decided I wanted to use some of the Aero extras. so I went back to performance settings and chose " adjust for best appearance " but even after restarting I still can't do the thing where you hold the windows key down, and then hit the tab key to scroll through open windows. holding down Alt and hitting the tab key works, but I wanted to use the windows key.
I even looked at my settings in "adjust for best performance" and everything is checked. here's a screen shot

Any ideas what I'm missing?
Question by:JeffBeall
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    Assisted Solution

    For aero to work you need to use a desktop theme that supports aero.
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    Author Comment

    ok, so then i went to the display control panel and went to the themes under areo and chose windows 7

    but I still can't scroll through the windows with the windows key + tab thing.
    honestly I don't know why this is so important - it's more that it's not working that is bothering me. I can, of course, get by fine without this feature - to me at this point, it seems more important to learn something about windows and why something doesn't work.
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    Assisted Solution


    What happens if you hit the Troubleshoot link at the bottom of your screenshot?
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    Author Comment

    I got it. I experimented with a different pc and from that I know what's going on with the problem pc. I either don't have updated drivers, or my drivers don't support Aero. My experimental pc had every thing in the visual effects turned off, so I turned on everything, and made sure that an Aero theme was selected, and the windows key + tab thing worked fine. Then I installed generic drivers on my test pc, and all the same settings didn't matter, the windows key + tab thing wouldn't work. I'll check my drivers on the problem pc tomorrow, but I bet if it has the latest drives, then it doesn't support Aero.
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    Accepted Solution

    Sure enough - I checked the troubled pc and it had a standard video drive. It's a Dell, so I got the latest video driver from Dell. After the install, the windows key + tab thing works! So you need third things for Aero - the correct video driver, an Aero theme, and the correct options checked in the visual effects. ( although, I don't know which specific options need to be checked. )
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    I choose my answer because the other comments seemed particially correct

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