Windows Basic

This article is about the Windows Basic theme used on Windows Vista and 7. For the Windows Basic theme included in Windows 8 and later operating systems, see Aero Lite.
Windows Basic
Microsoft Windows visual style
Windows Basic in Windows 7 build 7600.16385
Included inWindows Vista and later
First seen inbuild 5048

Windows Basic is the main theme on Windows Vista and Windows 7 Starter edition (where Windows Aero does not exist). It may also be used when the Aero theme is not working or to provide compatibility with older programs. The Basic theme can be used on Windows 8/8.1 when dwm.exe is not running. This theme is also present in the Preinstallation Environments of Windows 8 through 11 and in MDI child windows, and is also available in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 as a part of the optional "Desktop Experience" feature.

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