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How can I handle the window-sharing issue on Windows 7?
Type: Integration issues    Platform: Windows   Last Updated: 2021/04/06 23:28:20


When sharing a File Explorer window on Windows 7, the color of the search box of the shared window may appear abnormal (black) to remote users.

When sharing a File Explorer window on Windows 7, if the local user stretches or shrinks the height of the window, the search box of the shared window may appear abnormal.


When you enable the Aero theme effect on Windows 7, the window has the WS_EX_LAYERED attribute. As a result, the window image that the Agora SDK gets by GDI (Graphics Device Interface) DC (Device Context) is black.


To solve this problem caused by the Aero theme effect of the Windows operating system, Agora recommends the following steps.

  1. Determine the version of the Windows operating system before you start window sharing. If it is Windows 7, load the DWM (Desktop Window Manager) API, as follows:

     typedef HRESULT(WINAPI* DwmEnableCompositionFunc)(UINT);
     typedef HRESULT(WINAPI* DwmIsCompositionEnabledFunc)(BOOL* pfEnabled);
     DwmIsCompositionEnabledFunc is_composition_enabled_func_;
     DwmEnableCompositionFunc composition_func_;
     HMODULE dwmapi_library_ = LoadLibrary(L"dwmapi.dll");
     if (dwmapi_library_) {
         is_composition_enabled_func_ = reinterpret_cast<DwmIsCompositionEnabledFunc>(
               GetProcAddress(dwmapi_library_, "DwmIsCompositionEnabled"));
         composition_func_ = reinterpret_cast<DwmEnableCompositionFunc>(
               GetProcAddress(dwmapi_library_, "DwmEnableComposition"));
  2. Determine whether the Aero theme effect is enabled on Windows 7. If so, disable the Aero theme effect, as follows:

     BOOL result = FALSE;
     if (is_composition_enabled_func_)
     if(result) {
         if (composition_func_)
  3. Start window sharing.

  4. Once you have stopped window sharing, you can restore the Aero theme effect, as follows:

     if (composition_func_)