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Launching CS4 disables aero theme on Windows 7 64-bit

Mar 11, 2013 9:43 AM



Whenever I launch InDesign CS4, Windows switches my desktop aero theme off.


This is something fairly new. I never used to have problems running CS4

in Windows 7 64-bit.


Even now, if I run the Display Troubleshooter, it fixes the problem, and

reports that "Desktop windows manager is disabled." When the

troubleshooter turns that back on, everything is fine, Aero returns, and

CS4 is up and running as it should be.


Does anybody know why InDesign CS4 might be shutting of the "Desktop

Windows manager", and what I can do to prevent this?


I've got several CS5 components installed, as well as InDesign CS6

installed right now. So to reinstall CS4 would mean uninstalling a whole

bunch of apps first, and hence is something I would prefer to avoid.


Thanks for any help,



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    Mar 11, 2013 9:50 AM   in reply to [Ariel]

    Doesn't happen here. Just a wild guess, but check the properties for the shorcut you use to launch CS4 and look a the compatibility tab. Is anything checked under Settings?

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    Mar 11, 2013 10:18 AM   in reply to [Ariel]

    Sorry. That was my best guess...

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