Win 7 update breaks AERO transparency

By Rosstamon ·
Been dealing with this for a long time and can't figure it out.

Windows update KB2670838 breaks AERO transparency. Taskbar becomes opaque. I would like to maintain transparency, just looks better.

Problem is, if you don't install this update, you can't update Internet Explorer so you're stuck with version 9. I've installed Chrome but I also have a password manager which doesn't seem to work well with Chrome. I've tried to install just the new IE without the KB2670838 update but seems that they come as a pair so when I install IE 10 or IE 11 this windows update automatically installs as well. I've then uninstalled the windows update and it backs me out of IE 10 and IE 11 and puts me back in IE 9.


Thank you.

HP Pavilion dv7; Windows 7

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So what have you done?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Win 7 update breaks AERO ...

I get you can not install this patch and get what you previously had and that Infernal Exploder can not be updated but what else have you tried?

The obvious would be to check for updated drivers and depending on the Video Card maybe even a BIOS update but if you've already done that then it's not going to make any difference.

Incidentally with all the Password managers I have ever used they have all worked with IE & Firefox but very few worked with Chrome unless they are the current version of the product. Older versions may work with the current version of IE but not the newest versions of FireFox or Chrome.


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