Make Windows Run Faster This post is part of the 17 Tips Series on How to Make Windows Run Faster.

Windows is a great OS. One of the reasons of instant success of Windows XP was the superior visual effects that give the user an aesthetically pleasing appearance. There are a lot of visual effects like fading or sliding menus, drop shadows for desktop icons, XP style title bars and buttons etc. which make it a charm to work on Windows.
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But these visual effects are detrimental to your efforts to speedup your Windows. In fact they are a drag on the precious system resources and your PC can perform a lot better if you disable them, specially on a low RAM, low processor speed computer.

Although it is well established that this makes your Windows run faster, but it makes the user interface quite dull and it looks like earlier versions of Windows like Windows 95 and Windows 2000. So this is a trade off between looks and performance.

How to make Windows run faster by adjusting visual effects

Simple and easy steps

  • Right Click on My Computer > Properties.
  • Select Advanced tab > Settings Tab.
  • Click on Adjust for best performance > OK.

If you don’t like the appearance of the results, then you can also selectively disable the different visual effects.

I will suggest that you can keep the following visual effect and remove rest.

  • Show shadows under menus
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons

See also the other 16 tips to How to Make Windows Run Faster.