V Windows 7 Standard has the same hardware requirements as Aero, which we'll examine in the next section.

Windows 7 Standard is essentially a visual compromise between Windows 7 Basic and Windows 7 Aero. That is, it features the look and feel of Windows Aero, minus the trans-lucency effects. Under the hood, however, it utilizes the less sophisticated display technologies utilized by Windows 7 Basic.

In addition to losing Aero's transparency feature, Windows 7 Standard also dispenses with many other Aero features, such as Flip 3D and live taskbar thumbnails. Windows 7 Standard is shown in Figure 4-5.

If you are running Windows 7 Home Basic and would like to upgrade to Aero, you need to utilize Windows 7's unique Windows Anytime Upgrade service—available to Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium customers—to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate Edition. We discuss Windows Anytime Upgrade in Chapter 2.

Figure 4-5: Windows 7 Standard looks like Windows Aero, but without the translucency and Aero effects.

Secret If you're using Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate,

Vyou can emulate Windows 7 Standard: just disable transparency. To do so, open the Personalization control panel, click Window Color, and then uncheck Enable transparency.

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