Enable New Window Effects in Vista

The transitions in Windows Vista are neat, but there’s only one of them. Everyone keeps talking about how Vista is so much like Mac OS X, but OS X has a bunch of really neat hardware-accelerated window transitions, like flip, twist, fall down, etc.

Here’s how you can get more transitions out of Windows Vista:

Once you have Aero turned on, you can enable additional transition effects. Follow the steps below to add some additional desktop and explorer effects:

1. Start > Run, type “regedit” and hit Enter
2. Look for HKEY_Local_Machine > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Explorer
3. Create a new DWORD and call it MILDesktop
4. Set the value of MILDesktop to 1
5. Create a new DWORD and call it MILExplorer
6. Set the value of MILExplorer to 1
7. Exit and restart.

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