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  • I have noticed that sometimes when you run an older program in Vista, Windows forces the application to run in the Standard or Classic theme mode.

    Currently, I am doing development on a large medical software suite that was originally written in VB6. When Windows is using Aero we have noticed some UI issues. When we run the application under Standard or Classic themes, these issues go away.

    Is there a way within our suite to force Windows to run the application in a Classic or Standard theme?

    Cheers,
    Mark
    Friday, June 13, 2008 6:08 PM

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  • Hi Mark

     

    Please post this question where the MS developers answer questions. Post your message in the following forum and they will direct you to the proper experts.

     

    Where Is the Forum For...? - MSDN Forums:
    http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=881&SiteID=1

     

    Hope this helps.


     

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    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Friday, June 13, 2008 9:13 PM
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  • I dont think that you can modify the UI theme at an application level. You can however use group policy to enforce classic shell so that the users are running Windows Classic as opposed to the Aero interface. Its under User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, Display, Desktop Themes and enable the "Load specific theme or force Windows Classic setting" This should take care of your issue.

     

     

    Friday, June 13, 2008 8:46 PM
  • Hi Mark

     

    Please post this question where the MS developers answer questions. Post your message in the following forum and they will direct you to the proper experts.

     

    Where Is the Forum For...? - MSDN Forums:
    http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=881&SiteID=1

     

    Hope this helps.


     

    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer button at the top right of this message.
    This will help others who are having this issue find the answer quicker.


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Friday, June 13, 2008 9:13 PM
    Moderator
  • Unfortunately, as a developer, I don't get to play the role of system administrator and enforce/change group policy at the sites that use our software. We need to be able to do something at the application level in order to make sure that it will work no matter what the configuration of the desktops at the sites.

    Thanks for the tip, though.
    Monday, June 16, 2008 3:51 PM
  • Try usiing the vista application compatibility toolkit from MS website you should be able to turn off aero while the program is running automaticallly as well as other vista features that might  not play well
    Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:44 AM
  • Create an AERO OFF shortcut thus:
    Right click on an empty area on your desktop.
    Select New > Shortcut.
    In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, type : Rundll32 dwmApi #104
    Click Next. Name the shortcut : AERO OFF , and click Finish.
    Then select an appropriate icon for it !

     

    Similarly, to Create an AERO ON shortcut;
    Right click on an empty area on your desktop.
    Select New > Shortcut.
    In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, type : Rundll32 dwmApi #102
    Click Next. Name the shortcut : AERO OFF , and click Finish.
    Then select an appropriate icon for it !
    From WinVistaClub.

    Thursday, July 17, 2008 12:08 PM
  • Anand

     

    Thanks for this tip. Saves a lot of time.

     

    BTW, kudos for your website, it's one of the best for Vista information.

     

     

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Thursday, July 17, 2008 4:50 PM
    Moderator
  •  Ronnie Vernon MVP wrote:

    Anand

     

    Thanks for this tip. Saves a lot of time.

     

    BTW, kudos for your website, it's one of the best for Vista information.

     

     


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

     

    Ronnie, coming from you ... it means a LOT to me Smile Thank You !

    Sunday, July 20, 2008 3:55 PM