|Component of Microsoft Windows|
|Introduced in||Windows Vista build 5048|
|Last included in|
- This article is about the Windows Basic theme used on Windows Vista and 7. For the Windows Basic theme on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, see Aero Lite.
Windows Basic is the main theme on Windows Vista and Windows 7 Starter edition (where Windows Aero does not exist). It also may be used when the Aero theme is not working or to provide compatibility with older programs. The Basic theme can also be used on Windows 8/8.1 when
dwm.exe is not running. This theme is also present in Windows 8/8.1/10/11's Preinstallation Environment.