Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MS: Enable Aero on Windows Server 2008 R2

How to Enable Aero on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

1) Install latest Video Drivers for your machine. If your manufacturer doesn’t provide a Windows 2008 x64 ones, use Windows 7 x64 drivers. Aero doesn’t work with Standard Video driver provided by Microsoft.

2) Install Desktop Experience feature: Control Panel -> Programs -> Turn Windows features on or off -> Features -> Add Features -> Desktop Experience and reboot machine

3) Enable Themes service: set Themes service to Automatic startup and start service.

4) Adjust Windows for best appearance: Control Panel -> System and Security -> System -> Advanced system settings -> Performance -> Settings -> Visual Effects -> Adjust for best appearance
5) Set Aero theme: Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Change Theme -> choose Windows 7 Aero Theme.

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