win7 themes service not running, also reporting DWM disabled? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Aero troubleshoot output;


    Issues found
    Themes service is not running
    Themes service isn't running
    <data id="Description" name="Description">Starting the Themes service will enable Aero desktop effects such as transparency.</data>
    Not fixed

    Start the Themes service
    Desktop Windows Manager not running 
    Desktop Window Manager is disabled
    <data id="Description" name="Description">The Desktop Window Manager must be enabled in order to display Aero desktop effects such as transparency.</data>

    Potential issues that were checked

    Monday, March 13, 2017 5:33 PM

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  • Hi,

    According to the error message, it seems that the “Desktop Window Manager” service is disabled. We could try to start it manually.

    Run “services.msc” to open the service control panel then try to start “Themes” service and “Desktop Window Manager” service manually. Configure the “startup” type as “automatic”.

    If it is not available to run them manually, please open an administrator command line and run “sfc /scannow” to check the health of system files firstly.

    Check the Event Viewer (Windows logs\Applications, System) for more information to troubleshoot this issue.

    Best regards,

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    • Proposed as answer by Joy-Qiao Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:11 AM
    Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:56 AM