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Speed Up Windows XP by Changing the Appearance

Filed under: PC Speed 

No matter how nice Windows XP looks by now, we have to keep in mind that all these beautiful graphics demand a lot of performance from the graphics card. Actually not only the graphics card, even the CPU is affected by animations and other graphics processing. Windows Vista takes the look of the graphical user interface even a step further, which results in even higher hardware requirements.

Of course not everybody has the latest and fastest graphic cards in their computer systems. In some cases the graphic card even uses shared memory, which effectively reduces the amount of memory available for applications. Other people do not even like all the graphics and animations in the first place.

One way out is to configure Windows XP to maximize performance by reducing the effects in the graphical user interface. This will free up memory and increase computer performance in general. Follow these steps to configure the visual effects in Windows XP for maximum performance:

  1. From the Windows Start menu, select Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance (this assumes the Category View).
  3. Next, select Adjust visual effects.
  4. In the Performance Options window, select the Adjust for best performance radio button.
  5. Click OK to confirm and close the window.

You have now turned off all visual effects, which will help speed up windows and reduce the CPU load for this type of graphics processing. Especially with less powerfull PC’s or notebooks, the performance impact will be noticeable.


2 Comments to “Speed Up Windows XP by Changing the Appearance”

  1. maria says:

    how do i restore it if i turned off all visual effects?

  2. Jules says:

    Maria, You open the Control Panel, then select System. Next select the Advanced tab in the System Properties dialog box.
    Click the Settings button in the Performance section.
    Now you can select “Adjust for best appearance” or “Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer” to restore the visual effects. Click OK and the visual effects are restored.


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