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December 02, 2006

Windows Vista: Four different styles

Windows Vista has four different visual styles

Windows AERO


  1. this is the most advanced style of the four
  2. it contains glass, 3D, and animation effects
  3. to enable all of these effects, the open windows store content in video memory to enable tearing-free movement from windows
  4. tearing movement: the image rendered first, overlaps the second rendered image creating a torn, rough image
  5. uses Desktop Window Manager


Windows Vista Standard


  1. a variation of AERO without the glass, 3D, and animation effects
  2. has the same video hardware requirements as AERO
  3. uses Desktop Window Manager

Windows Vista Basic


  1. similar to Windows XP visual style
  2. subtle animation on progress bars
  3. no glass and 3D effects
  4. computers that are not powerful enough to support AERO will have this as the default
  5. does not use the Desktop Window Manager

Windows Vista Classic

  • similar to Windows 2000 and 2003
  • does not use the Desktop Window Manager
  • its theme is dependent on color schemes

    There are four different desktop aesthetics for the new Vista. However, I find it's difficult to see the difference between Windows AERO and Windows Vista Standard. I would be perfectly happy with either of those, they would be a great improvement to Windows XP. On the other hand, it's easy to see the differences in Windows Vista Basic and Classic compared to the first two. While Windows Vista Basic looks fine, I think that the Classic version is very unattractive. When Vista is released to non-business consumers in January 2007, I would love to buy a copy and change my computer's boring old look!


    Posted by stwiener at December 2, 2006 11:05 PM

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