Re-enabling desktop effects in Windows 7

Every once in a while, Windows 7’s Desktop Window Manager (DWM) spontaneously goes funky on me and loses its effects (transparency, blurring, shadows).

When this happens, you can get your effects back by going to Services and restarting the “Desktop Window Manager Session Manager” service, or by going to an Administrative command prompt and running:

net stop uxsms
net start uxsms

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  • Loraine Vacation

    Thank for the tips! Once it happened to me and I should admit it is kind of disturbing. Now I know how to deal with. Thanks again!
    Vacation