Windows Aero theme disappeared!

(I know this has been posted several times before but none of the solutions seem to help my problem.)

So I was using my computer tonight and all of the sudden I noticed my Aero theme was gone.
I tried to set it back but when I click on the Aero theme and OK, it loads it like it should but once it says it's finished, it's still not there. And when I check my settings, it's automatically back to Windows Vista Basic.
This happened to me once before on my old laptop which was a Dell, and I never got it fixed. Now I have the same problem on my Acer. I looked it up and found an Aero troubleshooting page on here but nothing helped. I downloaded the Microsoft Fix It thing it told me to and ran through that process but it didn't work.
I've looked through my settings and I seem to have all of the basic requirements for it, and I had it before, but now it's just gone.
If I remember correctly, when this happened to my old laptop, it gave me an error when I selected the Aero theme. This time it just won't load.

Is there anything I can do to get it back? Will I have to redownload it completely?
If so, can someone link me to a safe download?
Or will something like a system restore work? (That doesn't affect my personal files, right?)


Question Info

Last updated January 3, 2019 Views 2,826 Applies to:


Try a System Restore to a Date before the problem started:



Restore Point:

Do System Restore in Safe Mode, if unable to do it in Normal Mode.

Try tapping F8 at startup, and from the list of startup selections, select Safe Mode by using UP Arrow Key to go there > then hit Enter.

Try a System Restore once there, to pick a Restore Point before your problem..

Click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore > pick a different time > Next > etc


Read the above for a very good Graphical display of how to go back more than 5 days in System Restore Points by ticking the correct Box.


Read the above re the Vista Themes.

How to Turn on Aero in Windows Vista at above link.

If you still have problems re-download the Graphics Drivers:

Go to your Laptop/Computer Manufacturer's website > Drivers and Downloads Section > Key in your Model number > Look for latest Vista Drivers for it > Download/install them.



Mick Murphy - Microsoft Partner

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