I like the Microsoft Windows Aero GUI and use it all the time. I like the way it looks and the way it works, and I don't want to turn it off. However, there are certain applications that have trouble while Aero is running. Fortunately, you don't have to turn Aero off just to satisfy those problem applications. You can make a simple change to their properties that will fix the problem when those applications are running.
The example shown is Windows 7, but Windows Vista should work exactly the same.
Edit PropertiesIn Windows 7, right-click on the icon of the application in question and navigate to the Properties configuration screen (Figure A). Click the Compatibility tab and look for the check box next to the Disable Desktop Composition entry.
Click the check box, and now when your run the application, the Aero interface will be disabled. When you Exit that application, the Aero interface will return.
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.