|Aero on Windows 7 RTM.|
|First seen||Longhorn 6.0.4039|
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, minimum hardware requirements for Windows Aero are a DirectX 9 GPU with the following features: support for the Windows Display Driver Model, Pixel Shader 2.0, 32 bits per pixel, and a minimum 128 MB of video memory. If capable hardware is not present, the operating system will fall back to the Windows Basic theme.
A variation of the original theme, called Aero Lite was first seen in Windows 8 Build 7955. The original theme was changed in Windows 8 Build 8102, and was later flattened in the Release Preview, becoming visually similar to the Watercolor theme used in earlier versions of Windows XP.
In Windows 8, starting with Milestone 2, the theme is capable of being rendered by the software, allowing one to use the visual style without capable hardware, though this may result in degradation of system performance.
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