How To enable Aero in Windows Server 2008

 Windows Media Encoder Desktop Experience Component Installed

 

To install the Windows Media Encoder Desktop Experience component by using the Windows Server 2008 Server Manager

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
  2. In the left navigation pane, click Features, and then right click and select Add Features.
  3. On the Select Features pane, select the check box for Desktop Experience.
  4. Click Next from the Select Features pane, and then click Install at the Confirm Installations Selections pane.
  5. Click Close to leave the Add Features wizard.
  6. The server must be restarted for the changes to take effect.

Note : To install the Windows Media Encoder Desktop Experience component by using the Windows command line

  1. Click Start, Run, type cmd and then click OK.
  2. At the system command prompt, run the following command:

    ServerManagerCmd -i Desktop-Experience

  3. Type Exit to close the Windows command prompt.
  4. The server must be restarted for the changes to take effect.

After Restart Windows Server 2008

The following screen shot shows the Desktop Experiance option within the Add Features Wizard. By default however some of these features are not enabled and you must manually enable them. Windows Vista included the new Aero Theme which I must admit I really like and so I began looking at how I could enable this theme within Windows Server 2008. To enable Aero you must first enable the Themes Service within the Windows Services control panel applet, changing its startup setting from Disabled to Automatic.

Once the Windows Themes service is running you can right click on the desktop and select Personalize, and then choose the Theme link.

You’ll notice however that the graphics are set at this point Windows Vista Basic without the Aero Glass support that is enabled by default within Windows Vista on appropriate graphics hardware. If you have an appropriate graphics card within the machine you can enable Aero Glass within Windows Server 2008 by again right clicking on the desktop and select Personalize, and then choose the Windows Color and Appearance link and then change the Color scheme to Windows Aero.

When selecting the Windows Color and Appearance link again you’ll see the updated version of this form from Windows Vista.

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