+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10
Windows 7 Thread, No Aero for domain users in Technical; Just added our first Windows 7 station to our domain and everything was fine except that domain users get a ...
  1. #1
    u8dmtm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    231
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 13 Times in 12 Posts
    Rep Power
    20

    No Aero for domain users

    Just added our first Windows 7 station to our domain and everything was fine except that domain users get a horrible basic grey taskbar and windows instead of Aero. This issue did not affect our Vista stations when we added them.

    Can anyone sugest why aero is disabled / not working, it works for local users and domain admin users.

  2. #2

    Gatt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    6,678
    Thank Post
    861
    Thanked 650 Times in 431 Posts
    Rep Power
    499
    Quote Originally Posted by u8dmtm View Post
    Just added our first Windows 7 station to our domain and everything was fine except that domain users get a horrible basic grey taskbar and windows instead of Aero. This issue did not affect our Vista stations when we added them.

    Can anyone sugest why aero is disabled / not working, it works for local users and domain admin users.

    OOh I came across this the first time i joined Win7 to the domain - I'm sure it was a policy settings somewhere, or related to the Performance Index, or both...

    This was way back in August tho so cant think waht I did to resolve it...

  3. #3
    mrbios's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Stroud, Gloucestershire
    Posts
    2,541
    Thank Post
    362
    Thanked 263 Times in 215 Posts
    Rep Power
    100
    Two things, first being i assume your GPO has "Force a specific visual style or force windows classic" set to the aero theme?

    Secondly have you run the Performance assessment jobby and got a score >1 on graphics?

    Assuming both of those are done...ive no idea

  4. Thanks to mrbios from:

    u8dmtm (4th March 2010)

  5. #4
    stevenwba's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Dudley
    Posts
    323
    Thank Post
    110
    Thanked 16 Times in 11 Posts
    Rep Power
    13
    if its disabled related to performance index you can force it with a registry hack

    Hack to Force Enable Aero in Windows 7 My Digital Life

  6. #5

    Gatt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    6,678
    Thank Post
    861
    Thanked 650 Times in 431 Posts
    Rep Power
    499
    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    Two things, first being i assume your GPO has "Force a specific visual style or force windows classic" set to the aero theme?

    Secondly have you run the Performance assessment jobby and got a score >1 on graphics?

    Assuming both of those are done...ive no idea
    This sounds familiar - I think I removed that GPO for it to work!

  7. Thanks to Gatt from:

    u8dmtm (4th March 2010)

  8. #6
    u8dmtm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    231
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 13 Times in 12 Posts
    Rep Power
    20
    Did the performance rating and it didn't change anything.

    We're using Server 2003 DCs, could that be the issue as the 'Force specific visual styles..' GPO isn't on it. Set it locally to the Aero theme but that too doesn't work.

    I'm also getting a blank back background instead of the Group Policy wallpaper, all very frustrating.

  9. #7
    Zenden's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    154
    Thank Post
    71
    Thanked 32 Times in 25 Posts
    Rep Power
    17

    Smile

    check out Windows 7 Gotchas/Tips/FYI for the answer to your wallpaper issue.

    to sort the aero theme, export the admx files from a windows 7 machine and import them to the group policy central store on the server. That should allow you to use the policies for win7 (even on win 2003 domain) and set it to aero

    hope that helps mate

  10. #8
    nicholab's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    1,506
    Thank Post
    4
    Thanked 98 Times in 94 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    52
    Don't you what the Grey style?

  11. #9

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    1
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    GPO

    Hi, this thread is showing up on google so I wanted to give a final answer here as this thread helped me fix the same problem I was having.

    I had a GPO set to force the Luna style for XP. It is called "Force a specific visual style file or force Windows Classic" and can be located at User > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control panel > Personalization

  12. #10

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by u8dmtm View Post
    Just added our first Windows 7 station to our domain and everything was fine except that domain users get a horrible basic grey taskbar and windows instead of Aero. This issue did not affect our Vista stations when we added them. Can anyone sugest why aero is disabled / not working, it works for local users and domain admin users.
    We ran into this when we migrated. Open your GPO that you're using with gpmc.msc - or the local policy editor via gpedit.msc. Navigate to User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization Look for the setting named 'Prevent changing theme' and make sure it is disabled or not configured. This will no longer prevent users from changing the themes, but they WILL be required to manually change to another theme (such as Aero). You might want to make sure that User Group Policy loopback processing mode is turned on so the settings will apply to the machines versus the users - depending upon where the GPO is applied. (Computer Settings>Administrative settings>System>Group Policy) I hope this helps.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. can parent domain users log into a sub domain
    By eastofsmeg in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 27th January 2010, 03:04 PM
  2. Aero Shake
    By enjay in forum Windows 7
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 21st January 2010, 08:53 AM
  3. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10th February 2009, 05:33 PM
  4. 1 Domain + 1 domain + syncronised users = possible?
    By tarquel in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 52
    Last Post: 30th October 2006, 02:08 PM
  5. aero feature
    By Chris in forum Windows Vista
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 14th August 2006, 02:12 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •