Windows 7 is available in six different editions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. Of all the editions, the Starter and Home Basic editions aren’t available in retail stores and they ship only with a PC in select regions.
Both Starter and Home Basic editions have some limitations. They don’t ship with a Media Center and don’t have many advanced features available in higher editions.
It’s a well known fact that the Home Basic edition of Windows 7 doesn’t support Aero by default. In order to enable Aero feature in Windows 7, you need to have Home Premium or higher editions. Users who’re on Home Basic edition and want to enable the Aero glass transparency are in luck as a small tool named Aero Enabler is now available to enable the missing feature with a click.
Related: How to enable Aero glass feature in Windows 8 and enable Aero glass with blur effect in Windows 8.
Additionally, Windows 7 might not enable Aero on Home Premium or higher editions if your PC lacks the minimum hardware required to enable and run Aero. When you install Windows 7 on a computer Windows checks for minimum requirements before enabling the Aero. Users who would like to enable Aero on Home Premium or higher editions running on a machine without Aero compatible hardware can also use Aero Enabler to enable the feature.
Aero Enabler is a small tool for Windows 7 that can enable Aero on Home Basic edition and additionally disable hardware check if required. So if your PC running Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate without Windows Display Driver Model specifications, you will be able enable Aero with this tool.
Sometimes, if your PC doesn’t meet Windows 7 minimum system requirements, you will not be able to see Aero. And if you’re running Home Premium or higher edition of Aero and the Aero glass feature is missing, we suggest you check out how to fix Aero glass issues in Windows 7 with the help of the official diagnostic tool.
If you also own a computer running on Windows 8, don’t forget to download Aero theme for Windows 8.