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Windows Aero Not Is Enabled Error

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Hi.  I just bought and downloaded your photo software onto my PC desktop.  I get a Windows Aero is not enabled error and it shuts down.  I've tried to reinstall and ran the repairs.  Can't open it. 

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Hi ralbiero ,
Welcome to the forums :)

The following exert is from our Windows Install FAQs found here

On 12/10/2016 at 9:22 AM, Patrick Connor said:
  • Aero requirement to run the Software

We require Desktop Windows Management Composition, rather than native Graphics drivers. This is natively on for Windows 8 and 10, but on Windows 7 this is most easily achieved by turning Aero ON. If you are not willing to turn the Aero theme on there is a work around described in this post, but any issues when running the software won't be logged unless they've been verified as still occurring with DWM Composition enabled.

If you're happy to enable Aero, rather than using the above workaround then this is shown in the following video:

 

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Ok, so Affinity has been installed, and working for months......with no changes made to my PC's theme.  Why all of a sudden am I getting this error?

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Hi SandyKron :)

Sorry to hear it! Has your computer automatically updated itself recently? This can occasionally revert previous changes made, such as theme. Is the Aero theme still shown as active in settings?

If you change to a different theme, then back to Aero, do you still see the error message when launching Affinity?

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If I change my desktop theme to the blue windows theme in 7 Affinity works.  If I switch back to the theme I like, I get the error message for both Photo and Designer.

I guess I'll have to switch themes when I want to use Affinity, or just stick with the boring blue windows theme.

Thank you for your reply.

 

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You can change the default colours of the Aero whilst retaining the important features Affinity requires in the background, or alternatively you can disable the Aero requirements and use any theme, as explained in the above post :) 

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With your favorite Aero theme installed, have you checked you have the 4 main Aero features ? You can very well disable the rest, or, at least, if it's giving you an error, check that these 4 are CHECKED to be active  (from a recent post of mine) :

 Desktop Composition (also, this one is key for Affinity),   Show thumbnails instead of icons,  Smooth edges of screen fonts and  Use visual styles in windows and buttons .

To establish these just go to :

1) Start menu ---> 2) Control Panel --->   3) System --->  4) Advanced system configuration (at the left area, in that window) 5) 'Advanced options' tab 6) in "performance" area, hit the "configuration" button. 7) Now in "Visual Effects" tab, check that the 4 above features are CHECKED, ON. That should do it, with any theme you use, no matter what. The procedure here should be : first set your fav theme, THEN check the settings manually, set what you need. As clicking on a theme tends to overwrite whatever you manually set in the procedure I explained, keep it in mind.

 


Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo licenses, Windows 7, i7  860 (2009) 2.8 GHz,  8 GB RAM, GTX 1050 2 GB, HD 7200 RPM.  Wacom Intuos 4 XL.

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