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Monday, November 29, 2010

How to Enable or Disable Aero Shake in Windows 7

Aero Shake is a shining feature in Windows 7 which allows you to minimize all running windows except the one which you are working on. Maybe you think this feature is unnecessary, and want to disable it, or just want to know how to control Aero Shake function by yourself.


This article will show you how to enable or disable Aero Shake for all users in Windows 7 to have open windows from being minimized or restored when the active window is shaken back and forth with the mouse.


NOTE: If Aero is not enabled, then Aero Shake will still not work even when enabled or turned on.

1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor

1 GB of system memory(RAM)

A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with at least 128 MB of memory.

The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 and the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).

The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Themes Services need to be set as Started and Automatic.

You must be have True Color (32 bit) set instead of High Color (16 bit).

Desktop composition needs to be enabled (checked) in Visual Effects.

Refresh or update your WEI score.


Through the Local Group Policy Editor

1. Click on start menu, type gpedit.msc in the search line then you will see

2. Click on gpedit to open the Local Group Policy Editor window, and then click on in the left pane to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Desktop, find Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture in the right pane.

3. Double click Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture  in the right pane.

Now you should see the setting window.

4. NOTE: the setting is named with "Turn off", so read the information in the below right pane.

Choose Enabled will disable Aero Shake..

Choose Disabled or Not Configured will turn on Aero Shake.

Then press OK to save your changes. It'll immediately work.

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