One of the coolest effects on the background and the taskbar is the transparency effects, which Microsoft introduced when releasing windows 10 and this is also included in Windows 11. This adds a sort of shine to the background and improves the appearance of the user interface.
Recently, many Windows users started complaining that the transparency effects are not working correctly on their windows 11 system and they are not sure why it has stopped working.
We went through and researched many possibilities that might be causing the transparency effects to stop working and we have gathered a few fixes that might help in resolving this issue and get the transparency effects back in action.
Are you also facing this problem on your system? Don’t worry! Just keep reading this article and try our fixes that are explained below.
- Please check if you are using genuine Windows on your system. Otherwise, you might have to buy or activate the Windows OS.
- The transparency effects always work when the power cable is connected to the system and it is charging OR the battery power is more than 20%. So make sure you have connected the power cable or battery is more than 20%.
Fix 1 – Turn On the Transparency Effects in the Settings app
If the transparency effects feature setting is turned off in the system settings, then the transparency effects feature will not work on the system. So let us see how this can be enabled using the steps explained below.
Step 1: Press the Windows + I keys together to open the Settings app on the system.
Step 2: Click the Personalization option on the left side panel as shown below.
Step 3: Next on the right side select the Colors from the options available.
Step 4: Now you can see there is an option called Transparency Effects with a toggle button.
Step 5: You need to click on the toggle button to turn it On as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 6: Once done, close the Settings app window.
This will enable the transparency effects on the windows system.
Fix 2 – Enable Transparency Effects Feature using Registry Editor
Sometimes, in spite of having all the criteria and system settings, a few of the features might not be enabled by default and this can be enabled by editing the registry file on the system using the registry editor.
Here are the steps on how you can do it.
But before proceeding, we recommend you take a backup or export the registry file so that you can revert it back if something goes wrong while editing.
Step 1: Press the Windows + R keys and type regedit and then press Enter key.
Step 2: Accept the UAC prompt on the screen by clicking Yes to continue.
Step 3: In the registry editor window, clear the address bar and then copy-paste the below line in it and press Enter.
Step 4: Now you will reach the Personalize registry key on the left panel of the editor window.
Step 5: On the right side of the editor window, double-click on the EnableTransparency DWORD value to open its edit window.
Step 6: Enter 1 in the Value data textbox, click OK to make changes and close the window.
Step 7: Once done, you can close the Registry Editor window and restart the system once.
Fix 3 – Change the Power Settings
Some windows users have claimed that they were able to fix the issue by changing the power plan on their system using the control panel. So let us also give it a try and see if that works for us too.
Here are the steps on how to change it.
Step 1: Press the Win+R keys together and type control and then press Enter key.
Step 2: This opens the control panel window.
Step 3: Select the Large icons from the View by dropdown and then click Power Options from the control panel items as shown in the below image.
Step 4: On the Power Options page, choose the High Performance power plan by clicking on its radio button as shown below.
Step 5: After this, you can close the Power Options page and see if this resolved the issue.
Fix 4 – Update your Windows System
The outdated windows system often causes many unknown troubles and errors which are really not easily detected and fixed. So we really suggest our users keep their windows updated from time to time.
Follow the steps below on how to update their windows system.
Step 1: Press the Windows + R keys together to open the Run box.
Step 2: Next type ms-settings:windowsupdate and press Enter key.
Step 3: This opens the Windows Update page on the system.
Step 4: If there are any pending updates available, then please download and install them all.
Step 5: Otherwise, simply click Check for updates on the top right corner of the Windows Update page as shown below.
Step 6: This will start checking for any updates that are available and displays them.
Step 7: You can then download and install it and keep the windows updated.
Fix 5 – Turn off the Battery Saver Mode on the system
The transparency effects feature will not work on the system if the battery saver mode is enabled even though the battery power is more than 20%. So we can try disabling the battery saver mode and check if this gets the feature working.
Let us see how this can be done using the steps below.
Step 1: Open the Run command box by pressing the Win+R keys together.
Step 2: Type ms-settings:powersleep and press Enter key.
Step 3: This opens the Power & Battery page on the system.
Step 4: Now scroll down to the Battery section and click the Battery saver option to expand it.
Step 5: Then, click the Turn off now button in the Battery saver option as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 6: You can close the window now.
Fix 6 – Troubleshoot using Clean Boot
There might be some other application installed on the system, which is probably running in the background, that is actually stopping the transparent effects feature from working. So to find that application, you need to safe boot your system by disabling all the start-up apps and Microsoft services and then enabling one app at a time.
Follow these steps below on how to do it.
Step 1: Open the Run command box by pressing the Win+R keys together.
Step 2: Then type msconfig in it and hit Enter key.
Step 3: This opens the System Configuration window on the system.
Step 4: Go to its Services tab and first click Hide all Microsoft services and then click Disable all at the bottom as shown below.
Step 5: This will disable all the services that are possible and now enable any one service by clicking its checkbox.
NOTE – Some very important services can not be disabled and this won’t cause any issue with the system.
Step 6: After disabling the services, go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
Step 7: This opens the Task Manager’s Startup Apps tab.
Step 8: Just make sure all the apps listed here are disabled by right-clicking on each of them and selecting Disable from the context menu.
Step 9: After this, go back to the System Configuration window and click Apply and OK.
Step 10: Now restart the system and check if this worked! If this is working, it means the enabled service is not causing the issue. So you need to enable one more service this time and check again.
Step 11: Do it till you get the service which is actually causing the problem and disable only that service.
Fix 7 – Update the Graphics Driver on the system
The graphics card plays an important role in the graphical representation of the components that appear on the monitor. So if the transparency effects are not working, then it could also mean that the graphics driver on the system might be outdated. So updating it might be the solution.
Step 1: Press the Win+X keys together and then press the M key on the keyboard again to open the Device Manager window.
Step 2: Double-click on the Display adapters option to expand it and select the display adapter and right-click on it.
Step 3: Now click Update driver from the context menu.
Step 4: Then, click the Search automatically for drivers option.
Step 5: This will automatically search for the latest driver and then downloads & installs them accordingly.
Step 6: Once done, close all the windows and restart your system and check if this worked for you.
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