Aero contains transparency, live thumbnails, and animations. The new effects are provided through the new Desktop Window Manager (DWM) compositing layer in Vista, which handles drawing to the screen.
Not all computers can run the Windows Aero Glass interface. According to Microsoft, these are the minimum requirements:
- 1GHz processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- DirectX 9 compatible video card with a Vista-enabled driver (WDDM), Pixel Shader 2.0 and 128 MB RAM.
- At least a 10 Hz refresh rate and 32 bit color
If you have a fairly recent video card from a major manufacturer such as ATI or NVIDIA, you should be able to run Aero without any problems, although disabling it may still give a small speed boost, especially when running graphics-intensive programs such as 3D games or CAD packages.
It is possible to disable Flip3D through a registry hack, and even replace it with an alternative such as Switcher.
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- Disable Aero on Windows Vista
- Disable Flip3D in Windows Vista
- Enable Slow Motion Aero Animations in Windows Vista
- Increase Size of Windows Vista Taskbar Previews