Re: Aero Icons Missing From Quick Launch

Use Notepad to recreate a 'Show Desktop.scf' file

1. Open Notepad and type or paste in the following command lines:


The text needs to be exactly as shown - except that the capital letters
are optional.

2. Save the file to your desktop as Show Desktop.scf. To do so, click File
Save As... > at 'Save in', choose Desktop > at 'File name', type in Show
Desktop.scf > at 'Save as type', choose 'All Files (*.*)' > Save > close

The file has to be named exactly as shown, including the white space and the
capital letters. This is because the file name also has to serve as the
hover label (tool tip) for the new icon.

3. After step 2, you will have acquired a writing-pad icon on your desktop.
Using the right mouse button, drag the icon over the Quick Launch bar,
release the mouse button and, at the pop-up menu, left-click on Move Here.
Finally, left-drag the icon so it is next to the Start button, and that's
it, finished.

Aero is not as easy because your graphics mode may be disabling it.

"Steve Sohn" <SteveSohn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Seems that there is no reference for missing "Show Desktop" or "Switch
Windows" icons.

These icons are SHORTCUTS, but I cannot find the location of the original
files. If I could find the original, executables, it might be possible to
re-create the shortcuts. Wonder if this is going to require a reinstall of

"R. C. White" wrote:

Hi, Steve.

JW may be confusing video RAM requirements with system memory. See this
page for the official word:
Troubleshoot problems with Windows Aero

SOME of the requirements are:
. 1 gigabyte (GB) of random access memory (RAM)

. 128-megabyte (MB) graphics card

My computer has an ATI Radeon X1600 Pro PCI-express card with 512 MB,
plus 4
GB of system RAM. Its lowest WEI score is 4.6 for Graphics (Desktop
performance for Windows Aero). I am not a gamer, and I'm very happy
that score. ;<)

R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)

"Steve Sohn" <SteveSohn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Sorry, JW, you are wrong. My previous ATI X800 card had less than
and I
had full Aero.

"JW" wrote:

Aero requires that your video card have 1GB of memory. Only the early
of Vista supported Aero with only with 512 MB of memory.
"Steve Sohn" <SteveSohn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
My video card died, and I had to use an old card with very limited
The emergency card did not support Aero.

I installed a new ATI card with 512 MB onboard memory (a Radeon
AGP 8X card) which supports Vista.

I got the Aero scheme back - transparency, etc., but the icons on
launch bar for 3D viewing of open windows or desktop are gone.

Is there a way to get them back?