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50 ways to customise Windows Vista
Personalise Windows Vista to your individual tastes with this sleek and stylish collection of tips


1. Where's Aero gone?
Windows Vista’s Aero interface is found in all version of Windows Vista except Home Basic. If your version of Windows Vista stacks up, but your PC refuses to give you the benefit of its stunning – yet practical - visuals, make sure your PC is up to the task. You’ll need a 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM installed alongside a graphics card with at least 128MB RAM that has a WDDM driver, supports DirectX 9, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel. Use the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor to check if your system should be using Windows Aero or not.

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2. Start personalising
The best place to start customising your system is via the Personalization Control Panel (right-click a blank space on the desktop and choose Personalize). You’ll see a number of options available, some of which we’ll cover below.

3. Change colour
Don’t like the default Windows Aero colour scheme? Click Window Color and Appearance to change it – if the seven options don’t tempt you, select Show color mixer and use the three sliders to get your own choice of colour and blend.

4. Get the wallpaper out
Get inspired with a different desktop background to the default. Click Desktop Background and choose from the supplied wallpapers (use the drop-down menu to pick from different categories), or click Browse to select your own picture. You can also choose how to display your image on-screen.

5. Change automatically
If you want your background to change periodically without having to do it yourself, download and install the free version of Wallpaper Master from here - select your group of images and choose when to swap them.

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