Back on April 5, 2007 I wrote a piece about he Intel 915 Express Card and how it would not support Aero in Vista. [Story is here.]

So today I received a comment from reader Hubbak Khan who indicates there is a way to enable Aero on non-WDDM video cards. I personally have not tried this, since I do not have a system in which Aero does not function. So I thought I would pass this on and if anyone wished to try it, let us know how it works or doesn’t work.

Enable Aero Glass On NoN – WDDM Video Cards:-

By Hubbak Khan

If you have upgraded your >4 year old computer to Vista (versions with aero effects), this is disabled because your video card doesn’t pass the WDDM specs.
Here is how to enable those cool-looking Aero Effects:

1. From the Start menu, click All Programs and then expand Accessories.

2. Right click on “Command Prompt” and click “Run as Administrator”.

3. Click on “Allow” from the Windows Security dialog.

4. In the Command Prompt window, type “regedit” (without the quotes) and press Enter.

5. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM (if this key doesn’t exist, create it)

6. Create a new DWORD (32-bit value) of UseMachineCheck, and set its value to 0.

7. Create a new DWORD (32-bit value) of Blur, and set its value to 0.

8. Create a new DWORD (32-bit value) of Animations, and set its value to 0.

9. from the Start Menu, Click “Run”

10. Type “cmd”, and click Ok

11. At the command prompt window, type “net stop uxsms” (without the quotes)

12. after that finishes, type “net start uxsms” (without the quotes)

13. Reboot

12. Goto Personalization in the Control Panel, Click on Window Color and Design

13. Apply Aero !!!!!!!

By Hubbak Khan

I haven’t tried this so be careful!

Comments welcome.