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Adjust Visual Effects for Increased PerformanceWindows XP ships with a number of visual effects that combine to give the Operating System its aesthetically pleasing appearance. These include such effects as fading or sliding menus, drop shadows for desktop icons, XP style title bars and buttons and a host of others.
While these effects certainly increase the visual appeal of Windows XP, they also consume system resources and can decrease the overall performance of the computer. However, you can easily adjust the visual effects to minimize this performance deficit.
If you have a computer with a fast processor and plenty of RAM, the performance gain achieved by disabling visual effects might well be negligible and you may not notice any difference. However, if you are running XP on a computer that is a little underpowered, adjusting the visual effects may give your system a small but welcome performance boost.
Of course, any gain in system performance is offset by the loss in aesthetic appeal. Nevertheless, you might be quite happy to lose the Windows XP eye-candy in exchange for a more responsive system.
Here's how to adjust your visual effects for the best performance:
To go back to the default Windows XP appearance:
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