Turn your Windows Basic into Home Premium!

Discussion in 'Performance & Tweaks' started by Jason, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Jason


    Sep 26, 2005
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    1 of the best features of Vista is Aero, and Basic tries to cut that out.

    This same registry edit to enable older video cards to work w/ Aero will turn aero on in Home Basic.

    Aero fix for older video cards:
    Vista RTM comes with a bundle of WDDM drivers for most common video cards. If you're having problems with video performance and/or can't get Aero Glass theme enabled on Vista RTM, you should check your computers bios settings and try to set AGP Arpenture Size to 128 or 256 MB.

    Note: AGP Aperture memory will not be used until your video card's on-board memory is running low. That means it will usually not impact your gaming performance because developers are trying hard to not exceed the on-board memory limits.
    The bigger your video memory, the smaller your Aperture Size could be. However with later games requiring more and more texture memory a good number seems to be 128MB Aperture Size for all cards with 64 MB to 256 MB Video RAM.
    Setting the Aperture Size to HUGE values will not increase performance because this merely sets the maximum amount of physical memory that can be used.

    If there's any other setting for making the bios share more memory with your video card enable it or set it.

    Then when you are inside Windows Vista try to set the following registry key's and restart the UXSMS service to make Windows Vista load that Glass Theme Aero on the old video card.

    1) Ensure that you have the following registry values set to:

    <DIV class=body_code>[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]

    2) Restart DWM by opening a command prompt with administrative privileges:
    Type 'net stop uxsms'
    Then 'net start uxsms'
    Jason, Jun 24, 2007
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