Tip: Use the Aero features of Windows without the transparency effect

Many of you know by now that the Aero transparency built into the most current versions of Windows is a nice effect but is also a major RAM hog. However, simply turning off Aero is not a desirable option since many people like the Aero Flip in Windows Vista/Windows 7 and some of other effects that come with Windows 7. Which leads me to this quick tip. The actual glass/transparency effect that uses so much memory can be disabled, while the effects such as Aero Flip and Aero Shake can be kept.

This tip is actually very simple; so some dotTechies may already know it. Before we proceed, please note that the steps to turn off transparency are slightly different in Windows Vista and Windows 7, so this article will discuss them separately.

Windows Vista

  • First go to your desktop, right-click on the desktop wallpaper, and click on “Personalize”:

  • Once you click on “Personalize” and you should see the personalization window. At the personalization window you need to click on Windows Color and Appearance:

  • Once you click on Windows Color and Appearance you should be presented with a window similar to this:

Select the color that you want your windows and taskbar to be, and then make sure to uncheck the box that says Enable Transparency.

  • Once you are done click OK.

Windows 7

  • First go to your desktop, right-click on the desktop wallpaper, and click on “Personalize”:

  • Once you click on “Personalize” and you should see the personalization window. At the personalization window you need to click on Windows Color:

  • Once you click on Windows Color you should be presented with a window similar to this:

Select the color that you want your windows and taskbar to be, and then make sure to uncheck the box that says Enable Transparency.

  • Once you are done click Save changes.

Conclusion

Now you will be able to use all the Aero features, minus transparency and the RAM hogging that comes along with it. Enjoy!

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  1. Connah
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    @Prema: In theory my friend, yes, since your computer would not have to process the graphical transparency, at the same time, a lot of it is processed by the graphics card and so would probably only reduce the use of graphics processing and memory.

    Note: In most modern computers, with windows 7 as mentioned by Samuel, the impact of the Aero transparency is little, to nothing anyway.

  2. Samuel

    The RAM hogging of Areo and it’s features was really only a problem in Vista…the difference in 7 is really negligible unless you’re using Software mode, which means you’re running it on a REALLY old machine.