Visual Effects - Windows XP

25 July 2009

Removing un-needed visual effects with Windows XP will increase the overall performance and speed of you computer, not dramatically, but it gives Window’s less to worry about if it doesn’t have to add all the special visual effects that aren’t needed.

This is down to personal preference and so if there’s any visual effects that I mention that you want to leave on then just skip it and move on to the next.

  1. Go to your desktop

    • Right click and then click “Properties” from the menu
    • Select the “Desktop” tab
    • From the list select “None”
    • Click “Apply” and then “Ok”

  2. Click “Start” and then click “Control panel”

    • Click the link “Appearance and themes”
    • Click the “View” tab
    • Un-tick “Launch folder windows in a separate process”

  3. Click “Start” and then click “Control panel”

    • Click the link “Add or remove programs”
    • Go down the list and remove any programs that you no longer use, if you’re unsure what a program is then check first in case it’s a system file or Windows update

  4. Click “Start” and then click “Control panel”

    • Click the link “Printers and Other Hardware”
    • Click the link “Mouse”
    • Click the “Pointers” tab
    • From the “Scheme” drop down select “Windows default (system scheme)”
    • Un-tick “Enable pointer shadow”
    • Click “Apply”
    • Click the “Pointer options” tab
    • Un-tick “Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box”
    • Un-tick “Display pointer trails”
    • Click “Apply” and then “Ok”

  5. Click “Start” and then click “Control panel”

    • Click the link “Performance and maintenance”
    • Click the link “Adjust visual effects”
    • Select the “Adjust for best performance” radio button
    • Click “Apply” and then click “Ok”

  6. Right click the “Start” button

    • Click “Properties” from the menu
    • Click the “Taskbar” tab
    • Un-tick “Auto-hide the taskbar”
    • Un-tick “Show quick launch”Un-tick “Show the clock”
    • Un-tick “Hide inactive icons”

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