Shock Aero 3D is a task switching (alt-tab) utility that brings some of the Aero graphics (“Windows Flip 3D”) of Vista to Windows 2000 and XP. And though it requires a registration, it is free software.
- Start by downloading and installing Shock Aero 3D. The installation is very straight forward, you’ll just click “OK” and “Next” a few times. After it’s installed, make sure to select ‘run now’. You should notice a new icon in your system tray.
- Right-click that icon, and select Option from the pop-up menu.
- At this point you’ll probably be prompted to register the program. Don’t worry, it is free – but it requires a registration. Use a throw-away email address and sign up via the Get Serial Number from www.docs.kr link in the pop-up. Paste the info that’s emailed to you into the appropriate fields.
- Now you should be able to get to the options. The Screen Effect is probably the one you’ll want to try changing first. Below you’ll find screenshots of each of the types of Screen Effects. One last thing – to invoke Shock Aero 3D use the keyboard combo Windows Key + Tab, and then Tab to move through the open windows.
- Flip View
- Grid View
- Wave Flip View