Windows Server 2008 R2 + VMWare: Enable Aero effect

Are you missing the aero effect in Windows Server 2008 R2? Here are some simple steps, just follow them:

Command to install the Aero effect [Windows 7 Basic theme]: Open PowerShell/cmd and run the command: ServerManagerCmd -i Desktop-Experience

You would have to restart the server once installed successfully. After the restart, go to Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Click Personalization and select Aero theme. Or right click on the desktop and click personalization and select the Aero theme.

If the themes are there, but disabled; do the following:

Go to Start -> Run -> services.msc -> Themes -> Set the properties matching with the screenshot given below:

Log off and login again to see if the effect.


If the theme is still disabled then shut down the server, go to VMWare Settings -> Hardware -> Display and enable the “Accelerate 3D Graphics” checkbox.

Power on the Server 2008 R2.

Enjoy the Aero!!


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