Fix: Aero Peek not working in Windows 7/8/10

If you find that the Desktop Aero Peek feature is not working in your Windows 10/8/7 even after you have enabled it through the Control Panel, or through the Taskbar & Start Menu Properties box, it is quite possible that you may have tweaked your visual settings, as a result of which your Aero Peek too may have got inadvertently disabled.

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Desktop Aero Peek not working

Perhaps this may help you:

Open Control Panel > Performance Information and Tools > Adjust Visual Effects.

Ensure that the Enable Aero Peek box is checked.

Also ensure that:

  • Enable desktop composition &
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons

is checked. Clicked Apply > OK.

Better still, select Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer and click Apply/OK.

It should help!

But if it doesn’t help maybe your Desktop Manager Session Manager Service and the Desktop Window Manager has been disabled.

In such a case you may want to see this post on How to troubleshoot & Fix Aero issues in Windows.

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  1. pezza


    I just wanted to share that i had issues with the Aero suddenly stopping working.

    For me, i eventually noticed that the colour had been dropped on my display settings to 16 bit. After changing this back to maximum 32 bit, all started working again.

    Hope this helps others?



  2. Appreciate the inputs…thanks 🙂

  3. user

    Hi, thanks for posting this. In my case, everything was as it should have been (aero peek enabled), but it was still not working. I just toggled the setting off and then back on and it started working again. Windows was just stuck.

  4. AznKd66

    Umm well i did this but for some reason there is no enable aero peek box .___. btw i have Windows 7 ultimate…

  5. Andrew

    It may seem stupid but check that ur computer is running at 32 bit color. I recently found out that was my problem and a few others.

  6. Ajisafe Taiye

    Thank you very much,now with your help, my aero peek is back in action.

  7. Josh

    Looked all over the net and that was never posted. Thank god i decided to read the first comment, fixed my problem instantly. Your comment is a year old but idc, I love you Pezza. Come to find out I had to change it to 32 bit on my secondary monitor also, i had it on 32 on my main, but not on my second.

  8. Ethansluv4u

    thankssssssss bro

  9. ck

    Hi i want to share also. in my case, eventually i only need to install microsoft silverlight

  10. VICTOR

    thank you so much, this really work and i even learned alot from the description

  11. Munib Hamza

    The current video card may support Aero with a driver that is compliant with the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM). Contact the manufacturer of your computer or video card for a WDDM-compatible driver.

    Please help no updates of driver is available

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