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I have a Windows 2008 R2 server which I try to change its theme to Windows-7 a-like by the following procedure:

I have the following problem: "Themes" service seems to be running. However, when I try to choose another theme, I get an error message that says this service is not running.

Please advice.

Thank you

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closed as off topic by ceejayoz, Michael Hampton, joeqwerty, Magellan, Ward Oct 15 '12 at 3:47

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Did you install the manufacturer video card driver? – Chris S Oct 14 '12 at 13:59
It's a virtual machine, hosted in a cloud. Do you think its necessary? – user986086 Oct 14 '12 at 14:34

If you're connecting via RDP: You'll have to configure both your RDP client and the Server to allow themes over RDP. On the client it's as easy as Options->Experience->All Checked. For the sever search "RDP Enable Themes" or check out these directions. Note: Aero Glass over the Internet is going to lag a bit (or a lot, depending on your connection).

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