How to Get Aero Effects Back From Windows 7 Basic Color Scheme

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Most of the Windows laptops running the premium or Ultimate versions of Windows 7 adopt the basic color scheme when running on battery, in order to save power. Like, my Dell Latitude laptop goes into the power saver mode when I put it on battery power, and I get the following message popping up on the system tray:

The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 basic. Click here to see the details.

That means you lose all the aero and transparent glass effects which consume power. That’s fine provided the effects return when you plug in the power source. Now, this is where the problem arises. A lot of times the computer fails to restore the aero effects and it stays with the basic color scheme even when it’s not in the power saver mode anymore.

The problem can be resolved by restarting the system, but there’s a more convenient method available. This article talks about that.

So here’s how it works. Windows 7 has a visual effects troubleshooter that allows you to troubleshoot aero problems. On the start menu search bar, just type “aero” and you will see an option that says Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects. Click on it.

fix aero problems

You’ll get the aero troubleshooter window. There’s an “Advanced” link at the bottom that lets you automatically fix the problems. Make sure it is checked.

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get back aero effects and color scheme

Once you click next, it starts checking for problems with aero effects. This problem arises because the Desktop Window Manager service is disabled. It goes ahead and fixes that automatically.

enable desktop window manager

The following screen would appear if you didn’t select the “apply repairs automatically” option under Advanced in the first box. So, here you can check the repairs and apply them.

get aero effect back

A good thing about this troubleshooter is that it also checks for other problems related to video card and visual effects, and attempts to fix them if any of them are found.

fix visual problems

That’s about it. Your desktop should automatically return to the normal color scheme from Windows 7 basic scheme, and you should now have those cool aero effects and other visual bonanzas that come with higher versions of Windows 7.

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  1. slgoober says:

    soo helpful!! :)

  2. wow,thanx,good one right there, ” you wont learn till you get the problem”
    didn’t know that troubleshooter exist. Thanks again.

    By Reign Gush

  3. Jaspermontealegre says:

    tnx…. very easy nd simple tips

  4. troubleshooting couldn’t identify the problem

  5. Anonymous says:

    Eugh, do NOT enable Desktop Windows Manager. If you don’t mind non-transparent bars, leave it off. That way it won’t bug you saying “Your computer is slow, would you like to change the theme to basic”

  6. Amy V says:

    Thank you! This was exactly the info I needed!

  7. Alexander says:

    THank you so much. I was browsing the internet on my desktop computer and I got the message that my color scheme was reverted and I really got scared because I couldn’t find what was the problem and how to fix it untill I came here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I got back my aero and it’s fine. Thanks agian. 😀

  8. rhan says:

    thx time serving tips thank you very much

  9. i run system restore on my desktop and my aero is disabled now how do i get it back.. it dont give me a option to enable it

  10. B-dog says:

    Whenever I ran some games, my computer changed the colour scheme to Windows 7 Basics, but it usually changed back. Though, one day it didn’t for some reason. When I try to do as you described, it changes back to the colour scheme I want, but when the troubleshooter finishes, my colour scheme will be changed back to Basics. Anything I can do about it?

  11. Palak Patel says:

    am i going to have to do this every time it changes to basic

  12. amr nashwan says:

    thank you very much

  13. MoToR says:

    Abhijeet, you waste your and others time by posting such dumb and iffy workarounds instead of doing some research and post real solutions.

    In command prompt run:
    net stop uxsms
    net start uxsms

    • Matt says:

      Brilliant. I look all over the web and find the solution in the comments of a blog that didn’t work. Thanks for sharing MoToR.

    • Prince Akeem says:

      thank you so much. so sick of shit blogs giving shit information and no solutions

    • Ragnos13 says:

      I’d also like to thank you profusely. You sir, are truly a gentleman and a scholar.

    • Rob Woolcock says:

      Thanks mate the only use of this original post was that it put me onto you
      thanks again mate

    • Rob Farrow says:

      so much rubbish out there and this works quick and easy, perfect! thanks

    • Axiom Ethos says:

      Still fail for me. Tastbar icon previews will not go away. Seems no matter what I try they stay.

    • ADTC says:

      Thank you MoToR! Quick and easy fix! No thanks to Abhijeet Mukherjee.. useless advice man! Go work for Microsoft.

  14. J-Frag says:

    thanks! it worked for my desktop… *thumbs up*

  15. njgio9736 . says:

    Thank you it fixed the problem right away!

  16. Tressina says:

    This helped me!!

  17. vebjorn says:

    write “@echo off
    net stop uxsms
    net start uxsms
    exit” and then save it as all types and name it NAME.bat then run as administrator

  18. aggarwal says:

    when you will recieve that ‘The color scheme has been changed’ it is wriiten in the last that ‘window will automatically change the color scheme back to when this program or other programs performing similar actions are no longer running.’

  19. armin says:

    thanx a lotttt it solved mu problem!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Adrian says:

    You are a god!

  21. gio devi says:

    Thank you so much

  22. Teddy Bear says:

    OMG!!!! TY SO SO MUCH!