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Vista/Win7 Aero on Win 8.1?

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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1

    Vista/Win7 Aero on Win 8.1 Query


    Planning on a new Win 8.1 laptop quite soon.

    I quite like Aero interface, but I've heard it was deprecated on Windows 8.1 initially. Then there was an update that added it, correct?

    When was this update released and what is the KB number?
    Last edited by iain; 13 Nov 2014 at 16:57.

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    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    No Aero on 8.1, not even on 10, at least not officially, if there was, I would have already installed it.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    No Aero on 8.1, not even on 10, at least not officially, if there was, I would have already installed it.
    Pity that. However on a brighter side, I believe I've found the KB number here:
    Kb2919355

    ... also known as Windows 8.1 Update 1, Update 2 .... etc.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    No Aero on 8.1, not even on 10, at least not officially, if there was, I would have already installed it.
    What's this? :
    Here is how to enable the Aero Peek feature in Windows 8.1 | Winaero
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    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64
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    That feature is called "Aero Peek" because that is the name it had in Windows 7. It has nothing to do with the full Aero interface, portions of which are present in Windows 8.

    There is third party software that will enable Aero Glass in Windows 8 but it is essentially a hack. It could break under a variety of circumstances with unpredictable results. Not recommended for use on a computer used for important purposes.

    Aero may be supported in Windows 10.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    Thanks for the information.

    Fortunately Toshiba, who are custom building my new laptop, offer the option of Win 7 Pro "downgrade". I believe I will select that option as I quite like Aero Glass, a lot, even though it's an extra cost option.

    Then when Windows 10 is finally released, I'll evaluate that before upgrading.
    Last edited by iain; 14 Nov 2014 at 11:16.
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