Disable Aero Shake in Windows 7 and 8


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Aero Shake! What was Microsoft thinking when they added that complete waste of time? Now maybe you are of the opinion that Aero Shake is a wonderful feature and I am way off with my thinking…  then OK, to each their own.

Or maybe you agree with my opinion that it is a waste of time…  then read on.

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For those who don’t know, Aero Shake is a feature in Windows 7 and 8 that allows you to get hold of a window titlebar with your mouse and shake it thus minimizing all other open windows. I know this sounds a bit negative but if I ever feel the urge to shake anything on my desktop it is usually the desktop itself and that is just before I throw it out of the window!

This tip involves editing the registry so my usual warning applies, make a system restore point and/or back up the registry before proceeding.

Now; with Windows 8 just type regedit on the Start screen and press Enter. Or with Windows 7, click on the Start Orb, type regedit in the searchbox and press Enter.

Navigate your way to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Policies\\Microsoft\\Windows
Right click on Windows and select ‘New’ then ‘Key’ and name this key Explorer.


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Click on the new key ‘Explorer’, then in the right hand pane, right click and select ‘New’ then ‘DWORD(32bit) Value’.

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Name this Dword NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts, double click on it and give it a value of 1.

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Click OK and close the registry editor.
Reboot or Log off then back on again to make the change take effect.

That’s another Aero annoyance you won’t have to put up with, but if you do want to enable it again, navigate back to the key and change the value to 0.

About the Author

Alan Wade

Alan is a semi-retired geek from England, who has lived in Sweden with his wife and family since 2001. His interest in computers began in the mid 1980’s with the introduction of the Commodore Vic 20 where he learned to hack game code so he could force his name to appear as the high scorer. Alan made his way through the horde of console computers in the late 80’s and early 90’s before settling on Windows with the release of Windows 3.1. He has worked in the broadband industry on both the technical and installation side. In his off time he enjoys building computers for family and friends as well as digging into the guts of the OS to customize and tweak the OS.

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