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Originally Posted by JoeChamberlain View Post

I like 8.1, well... If there was one thing I hate the most is all the moaning and gigantic threads about it.

 

Yeah, they need to stop complaining and just be glad that we have options like StartIsBack and all that other stuff. For me, StartIsBack is slightly superior to Windows 7's start menu anyway.

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I don't like that I can't disable Aero. Its only by doing that that I can effectively stream and record gameplay using Open Broadcast Software.

What happens on 8 if you enable the Aero Lite theme? That can be done through copying and editing the theme file for Aero because the sub-folders still contain all the lite theme files. There's no patching of Windows files required.

Will using the Aero Lite theme disable the tech used by Aero?
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What happens on 8 if you enable the Aero Lite theme? That can be done through copying and editing the theme file for Aero because the sub-folders still contain all the lite theme files. There's no patching of Windows files required.

Will using the Aero Lite theme disable the tech used by Aero?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_Window_Manager

TLDR, GDI renders the GUI via the CPU. DWM renders the GUI via the GPU. The aero theme in windows 7 uses DWM, whilst the classic and basic theme in windows 7 use GDI. In Windows 8, there are no GDI based themes included, both the default theme and the light theme are rendered by DWM and it cannot be disabled at all, because the new interfaces have only been built for DWM.

Also: like the problems Deadboy90 is having, being forced to use the Aero/DWM GPU rendered UI can cause many issues, I've personally had problems with it when testing Windows 8 Embedded in various scenarios.

The only realistic way to disable Aero/DWM is to get Server 2012 R2 and run it in core mode ^.^

The lite theme might give some improvement though, enable the lite theme and set the visual settings like so:

Edited by Bearybear - 4/10/14 at 12:01pm
post #194 of 241
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Is this Aero Lite theme included with 8.1 and 8.1 Pro? I am using the Enterprise Evaluation and I don't have any "Aero" themes at all. All I have are "Windows", "Lines and Colors", "Flowers", and the 4 high contrast themes.

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Look up screenshots of Windows Server 2012 R2. That's the AeroLite theme. The normal theme you are seeing currently on your screen is the Aero theme. That weird AeroLite theme is actually still in the sub-folders somewhere, what's missing is the .theme file for it. Those .theme files are actually text files and you can make a copy of the default one you have and edit it to get access to the AeroLite theme.

What you'd do is take the aero.theme file that's in "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes" and copy it to your desktop, then rename it to aerolite.theme. If you open it with a text editor, it has a line somewhere close to the start that says "DisplayName=". You should change the name mentioned there into something else. It will be the name that will show up in the Personalization window. Somewhere towards the end of the file is a section named "[VisualStyles]" with an option called "Path=". That's where you add "lite" to get it to look like this:

Path=%ResourceDir%\Themes\Aero\Aerolite.msstyles

That's it. Copy it into the "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes" folder so that you have both aero.theme and aerolite.theme files in there.
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LOL You're right. This IS kind of a weird theme. What was Microsoft thinking? I think I'll keep it just to be different. lol

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OMG NO, I CAN'T KEEP USING THIS UGLY THEME. LOL

 

Wow. It made Outlook 2003 almost completely white! LOL Good lord that was horrible. hahahaha It was fun though. hehe

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Yeah, because it looks that crappy I thought it might disable that GPU acceleration stuff of normal Aero. That's why I was asking if it might help with that OBS problem, but I guess it just looks plain ugly for no good reason. tongue.gif
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Microsoft's prolly like, "LOL"

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oh And my network connectivity drops quite often. Reboot fixes it most of the time.
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