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Tuning Windows Aero performance on low-end video cards

If you are running Windows Vista on a computer that is Windows Vista Capable, but find that the performance of Windows Aero is sluggish there are a few things which you can do to increase performance without having to use the Windows Vista Basic theme.

Change advanced performance options

  1. Click on Start, and then click on Computer.
  2. In the Computer window, click on "System properties".
  3. In the task pane (on the left hand side), click on "Advanced system settings", and if prompted by User Account Control for consent, click on "Continue".
  4. Under "Performance" click on the "Settings..." button.
  5. Uncheck the following items:
    • Animated windows when minimizing and maximizing
    • Enable transparent glass (optional, performance change will depend on the level of graphics card you have)
    • Fade or slide menus into view
    • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    • Fade out menu items after clicking
    • Show shadows under menus
    • Slide open combo boxes
    • Slide taskbar buttons
  6. Click on the OK button to apply the new settings and dismiss the Performance Options dialog.

You should notice a gain in performance in terms of user interface responsiveness, although you will not see many of the cool transition effects.

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  • fabian said:

    the performance on windows vista sucks, with old video card and linux effect work fine, vista aereo is a poor effect and work bad with many mid-new card, omg

    December 8, 2006 4:06 PM
  • Jim said:

    you base this on what? youve only seend beta versions so far, and you certainly dont have vista drivers yet for any newer hardware. you should shut up, you sound dumb

    January 6, 2007 5:19 PM
  • zex4 said:

    Well I did test only RC1 version I am satisfied with windows vista performance. More Tips and Tricks for Windows Vista could be found in next link http://www.softwaretipspalace.com/MS_Windows_Vista/Tips_And_Tricks.html

    January 21, 2007 5:21 PM
  • overclocker said:

    well i think we can tell that fabian is linux washed lol

    i can't wait to get vista i got a Ge-Force 7900 GS KO Gaming graphics card that i overclocked to its highest potential so i don't think ii'l have a problem with the extra juice that vista needs

    January 22, 2007 10:55 AM
  • Mark said:

    I made the change in settings with a Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 with the max 128MB Virtual Memory.  I noticed an improvement in performance but that was not reflected in the WEI Score?

    March 8, 2007 9:04 PM

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