Windows XP: Reduce Visual Effects to Speed Up Computing

Posted August 25, 2006 by Rob Rogers in Windows networking

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Windows XP looks great. Unfortunately, the default appearance settings can be a waste of resources in terms of performance. Using the steps in this tutorial, you can compromise a little and speed up your computing, while keeping that XP look and feel.

Optimize the performance of XP by turning off some of the unnecessary visual effects.
1. Right-click on My Computer on your desktop, and choose Properties.

2. Choose the Advanced tab.

3. From the Advanced tab, click the Settings button under Performance.

4. Select Adjust for best performance. This will uncheck all the options. Then, go back and select the following options:
Smooth edges of screen fonts
Use common tasks in folders
Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop
Use visual styles on windows and buttons

After you adjust these settings, you will noticed a marked improvement in the speed of your XP system.


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Once a prolific author here on Tech-Recipes, Rob has moved on to greener pastures.
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