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Visual Styles of Microsoft Windows Vista includes Windows Aero, Vista Standard, Vista Basic and Windows Classic

The latest Operating system luanched by microsoft has got four different visual styles. The names of thses themes are Aero, Standard, Basic and Classic.

Windows Aero:

The premier feature and visual style of Windows Vista is the Windows Aero theme. It is built on a new desktop composition engine called Desktop Window Manager. Windows Aero theme supports 3D graphics also known as Windows Flip 3D, glass / transluency effects, windows animations and features like live thumb nails.To use these features with good processing speed the Windows need to access the video memory very frequently which helps the tearing free movements of windows. The minimum requirement is for 128 MB of graphics memory which depends upon the resolution being used by the user. Windows Aero is not available in the Starter and Home Basic editions. It is availble in  Home Premium version and higher versions.

Windows Vista Standard:

It is a bit modified version of Windows Aero with most noteable features that are not present are the glass effects, window animations, and other advanced graphical effects such as Windows Flip 3D.It is also built on Windows Desktop Manager and has the same system video memory requirement. Windows Vista Home Basic Edition got this mode as default that can be changed in to other mode. Windows Vista standard theme does not comes with the starter edition of the window.

 Windows Vista Basic:

It is very similar to Windows XP's visual style and got nearly all aspects of XP’s visual style with the addition of subtle animations such as those found on progress bars. It is not designed on the Desktop Window Manager. It got no support for features like transparency or translucency, window animation, Windows Flip 3D or any other kind of feature that is provided by Windows Desktop Manager. The Basic mode does not require the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) for display drivers and got the same hardware and software requirments which Windows XP got for its visual style. For those users whose computers cant support Windows Aer theme can use this theme as a default.

Windows Classic:

Windows Classic resembles Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, does not use the Desktop Window Manager, and does not require a WDDM driver.This visual style supports colour scehems  which basically is collections of colour settings. Windows Vista includes six classic color schemes. There are four high class colour scehmes newly designed and the default color schemes from Windows 98 and Windows 2000.


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