This issue occurs because the Windows Aero feature has specific hardware requirements, software configuration requirements, and resource requirements that must be met for it to function correctly on a Windows Vista-based computer. If these requirements are not met, or if computer resources become insufficient during use, the Windows Aero feature may not function correctly. Additionally, the Windows Aero feature may shut down during the current session.
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If the Windows Aero feature turns off shortly after you start Windows, you may have to update the system BIOS to resolve the issue if an updated system BIOS is available.
Important Try this troubleshooting method only after you have tried the other troubleshooting methods in this article. Updating the system BIOS is an advanced user step. If you do not feel comfortable with advanced troubleshooting, you may want to obtain help from a friend. Or, you may want to contact technical support.
For system BIOS updates, contact the computer manufacturer and obtain an updated version of the system BIOS.
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Issue 1: The Windows Aero feature may temporarily turn off shortly after you start Windows.
Cause: This issue may occur because of an incompatible BIOS.
Resolution: To resolve this issue, update the system BIOS by using the latest BIOS version that is supplied by the computer manufacturer.
For more information, see the "Update the system BIOS" section.
Issue 2: When you run many programs, or when individual programs use more memory to operate, the available resources on the computer may be reduced. This may cause the Windows Aero feature to be temporarily disabled.
Resolution: To resolve this issue, limit the number of programs that run at the same time. Or, install additional RAM to increase available resources on the computer.
Issue 3: The Windows Aero feature may work incorrectly when you start a Java program that uses an earlier version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
Resolution: To resolve this issue, update the Java program to use the latest version of the JRE. Computers that run JRE versions that are earlier than version 6.0 are incompatible with Windows Vista.
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