Windoblinds and transparency

By on March 29, 2012 10:50:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

NapoleonI

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Your computer has a Windows Experience Index base score of 7.1
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WindowBlinds version : WindowBlinds 7.3 (build 309 - Windows 7 Edition) - 64 bit OS

WindowBlinds is installed correctly on this PC
WindowBlinds appears to be activated on this PC
(Dell 2407WFP (Digital)) 1 is attached to ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series

Wblind.dll         2011/10/05 13:06:20
Wblind64.dll         2011/10/05 13:06:08
Wbsrv.dll         2011/09/26 16:10:56
SevenConfig.exe         2011/10/04 11:01:38
Wbload.exe         2010/10/20 17:08:35
Wbhelp.dll         2011/10/04 11:01:37
Tray.dll              2009/10/23 21:12:19
Wbload.dll              2010/06/07 16:59:25
Screen.exe         2010/06/07 16:59:43

Windows 7 OS.  My graphic card software is up to date

My windowblinds transparency does not work correctly.  I can adjust transparency on Winsstep's docks and shelves with no problem.  When I adjust the transparency in Windowblinds the examples above on the Windowblind's page work as they should - becoming more or less opaque.  However when I slide the lever to the left to get more transparency and then select "Apply Changes"  the real world window boarders and start menu get much darker.  At the far end of the scale (most transparent) they are almost black.   Please tell me how to fix the problem.  Thank you.

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March 29, 2012 11:48:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Open TaskManager and see if dwm.exe is running in Processes. If not, go to services and see if UxSms is running. If not, start the service.

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March 29, 2012 4:46:42 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

dwm.exe is running.   I appreciate your help.   Any other thoughts?   Bill Detert / Springfield / IL

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March 29, 2012 4:57:15 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

However service UxSms is not running and I do not know how to start it.  Thanks again.

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March 29, 2012 5:04:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Right click on it in Task Manager /services tab and select Start service. You can type services into the Start Menu search box, select services, then find Desktop Window Manager and make sure it is set to Automatic. If it is not, right click on it, select properties and set to Auto. The service can also be stopped and started from this location, just harder to get to.

 And greetings from Lexington, IL

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March 30, 2012 12:19:33 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

The Desktop Window Manager was on automatic.   Any other thoughts?

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March 30, 2012 7:58:41 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

A screenshot of the issue may be helpful here.

Also try applying Windows Aero, rebooting and then applying the WB skin again.

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March 30, 2012 1:35:27 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting NapoleonI,
The Desktop Window Manager was on automatic.

Did you start the service?

Follow Neil Banfield's advice.  You won't find anyone who knows more about WindowBlinds than he does.

 

 

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March 30, 2012 7:25:19 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Hope this fixed the problem

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March 30, 2012 8:22:25 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Whatever you pasted that from, you shouldn't have.

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April 1, 2012 2:17:37 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

"However service UxSms is not running and I do not know how to start it.  Thanks again."

Perhaps I should be more clear.  UxSms is not even in the list.

Another funny thing.  When I go to control panel - personalization and double click on the first aero theme the only thing that changes is the wallpaper  everything else is the same as the theme I selected in windowblinds

I tried to post a screen shot of my opaque start menu but all I got was an ASCII text of the picture which finally figured out how to delete.


Any help is still appreciated.


PS when I run the "find and fix problems with transparency" it doesn't find a problem.  Everything is "issue not present"

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April 1, 2012 7:48:40 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

First what version of Win7 are you running?

If you can see UxSms in the Task Manager/Services Tab: Right click on it there and select Start Service

or, type services into the Start Menu search box, select services, then find Desktop Window Manager . Right click on it and select properties. You can start the service from here.

To post a ss, you need to upload it to a hosting site like ImageShack or Photobucket, copy the direct link and paste it into the box that appears when you click on the small tree icon (second row, top of reply box)

Did you try Neil's suggestion? Open WB config and select Windows Aero, apply changes, then reboot. Do you have transparency then?

If no, the problem isn't WB's. If yes, reapply a WB and see if it still works.

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April 2, 2012 1:01:01 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Thanks for your help.   I am running Windows 7 home premium.

There is no UxSms in the service list.  It goes from User profile service to Virtual Disk.  I can find an entry called "Desktop Window Manager Session Manager" (It is started and automatic)

Here is a link to illustrate my problem:

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=3Bas2jZu0ct

screenshot


Yes,  I did apply Windows aero in WB and reboot.  Nothing changed.  eg no aero.  

From above:

   Another funny thing.  When I go to control panel - personalization and double click on the first aero theme the only thing that changes is the wallpaper  everything else is the same as the theme I selected in windowblinds

I can adjust transparency (and themes) on Winstep's docks and shelves with no problem.


I purchased WB and Object Desktop and other Stardock productx and a Styler theme and I have yet to have anything better than the plain old aero (except now after running WB I cannot get aero to work at all)  Aero works fine in the WB config illustrations in the top section of the window.

 

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April 2, 2012 6:42:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Did you try rebooting after the WindowBlinds install?

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April 2, 2012 9:41:32 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I installed WB months and months ago.  I have just now decided to do something about it.  There is no uninstall function listed in the object desktop package.  Do I risk anything by uninstalling and reinstalling?

Thanks for your help.  It is appreciated.  Thank you.

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April 2, 2012 12:00:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting NapoleonI,
Do I risk anything by uninstalling and reinstalling?
Nope.  Go ahead.

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April 2, 2012 12:53:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Have you ever installed any sort of "style pack", or any other app that would modify Windows?

I suggest opening an Administrator command prompt. then type in  sfc /scannow to check for corrupt/damaged Windows files.

Let it run and follow any prompts. It will take a while.

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April 2, 2012 1:09:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Run command, type in services.msc, find Themes in the list, make sure it is running.

 

If you have ever used a patch to alter the uxtheme.dll file, then that would be your problem. Doing what Wiz said should help then.

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April 2, 2012 1:24:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting NapoleonI,
a Styler theme

Unless you are talking about a vStyler WindowBlind skin, elaborate a bit on that, please. What theme? From where? Link?

Did you install/run it before you ran WindowBlinds?

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April 2, 2012 1:34:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I think he means Styler the app that skins toolbars, etc. Wiz.

 

 

Try this, right click the desktop, personalize, window color, and make sure "enable transparency" is checked.

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April 2, 2012 3:18:34 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violation

Themes is started and automatic.

Theme is by vStyler.  Tried it when first started WB.

Here is a problem: After selecting the first window 7 aero theme and clicking window color there is no place to check "enable transparency"  It said that this window only applies if you have selected a windows 7 basic theme.   This is the same for all other window aero themes.

I do not know what is happening.

 

The answer that I do not want to hear is to reinstall Windows 7.  My disk does not have all the upgrades and releases

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April 2, 2012 4:15:16 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

uninstalling and reinstalling fixed it.

How could I have been so obtuse?

Thanks everyone.

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April 2, 2012 4:35:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hey, as long as it works, it's all good!

Enjoy your WindowBlinds in all their Aero glory.

I had Vista Basic for a short while so I know how WB's look without transparency. Not ideal, to say the least. 

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April 3, 2012 1:55:30 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Follow up.

I used Revo Uninstaller Pro.  After the normal uninstall it found 172 other items to delete.

Also fixed:  None of my windows 7 window manipulations worded  eg move to the edge and get 1/2 screen.  Shake to minimize other windows.  Max window when moved to top.

Also fixed:  I had installed window Fx 4 around the first of the year.  There was a band of heavy black lines when I moved any window on the desktop.  This continued even after I uninstalled Fx4.  I had to recover a C drive backup to fix the problem.   Fx4 now works now except for the animation which causes Fences Pro and Explorer to crash and restart  or is sluggish and unhides the icons.  Any help to fix this is appreciated

 

I was so happy to get aero fixed that I went out and bought a vStyler skin.

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