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Windows XP: How to adjust visual effects

Windows XP, while not as visually appealing as Vista's Aero interface, does have the capability to produce some neat visual effects. These effects range from smooth edges to small animations, and they are typically all enabled by default. However, if you have at some point disabled them or if they have been turned off by another user (or if you want to turn them off) here are the steps to adjust Windows XP's visual effects:

A. Right click on My Computer (either from the Start menu or from the desktop).

B. Select Properties.

C. Go to the Advanced tab.

D. In the Performance section, click the Settings button.

E. The list of visual effects will appear. Put a check mark next to the effects you want enabled, and remove the check mark next to any effects you want to disable.

F. When you have made your selections, click OK or Apply to save the changes.

You can also turn all of the effects on at once by choosing "Adjust for best appearance," or turn all of them off by choosing "Adjust for best performance." The first option on the screen, "Let Windows choose what's best for my computer," allows the system to make the selections for you. (Typically, if you choose this option, all of the effects will be enabled.)

If your computer is running slower than you'd like, and you don't really care about window animations or icon shadows, turning all of these features off might free up a little bit of system memory. You can always try one setting or the other and then come back in later to change it.

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dont get aero


To display Aero effects such as transparency in Windows 7/Vista, follow these steps:

1. Click on Start menu.
2. Type the following text into the Start Search box: Aero
3. Click on a search result listing under Control Panel group that named as the following:

Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects.

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Trick: If you don't see "Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects" in the search results, click on Control Panel to see all Aero related items in Control Panel.

4. An "Aero - Troubleshoot computer problems" wizard dialog will appear. Click on Next button.

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5. The troubleshooting wizard will try to detect any problem by running a series of checks against various components required to make Aero works and running, such as video memory, Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) service, color depth, theme, power settings and etc. At the end of the analysis, the wizard will attempt to fix the issues related to Aero service and restart the Aero feature.

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Tip: If there is still items that are marked with red cross which indicates is the problems that prevent Aero from working properly, fix the issues and then rerun the "Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects" troubleshooting wizard again.

Tip: To create a shortcut to 'Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects', right click on it on search results, and then click on Open file location. On the "All Tasks" window opened, right click on Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects again, and select Create Shortcut to place the shortcut on desktop.

Hope this help. Goodluck!

Mar 28, 2011 | Biostar P4M890-M7 Motherboard

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When i connect my graphics card to my pc i get a black screen there is no beeps and i cant even hear an windows sound. when i disconnect my gpu my pc works fine i have tried to disable onboard graphics through the bios is my gpu dead ? ram 1.5 gb motherboard gigabyte 8i865GME-775-RH Cpu 2.6 ghz


Hello xvanpersiex, these are "Full Specifications" of your [Graghis Card].
"Check this to the 'Specs' of the "Motherboard to see if it 'Supports' the Graphic Card?"
"Try 'disconnecting, and reconnecting' the "Graphis Card"
Verify that 'all' the "Connections" are "Tightly Inserted."
*Go to the Control Panel > Device Manager > AGP Graphic Card > Verify Installed? >
Update Driver! > Restart Computer"

"If this information helped? Return and give a "Helpful Rating," please!
Thanks, paul7of9"
ATI Radeon X1650Pro (AGP 8x, 512MB) General

  • Device Type Graphics adapter

  • Enclosure Type Plug-in card

  • Vista Capability This graphics card is capable of running the new Aero interface featured in Windows Vista Home Premium and higher.

  • Interface Type AGP 8x

Processor / Memory
  • Graphics Processor / Vendor ATI Radeon X1650 Pro

  • Graphics Card Performance This card's graphics processor and memory mean that it is not recommended for most games, but it will still be fine for office applications and other normal computing tasks.

  • RAMDAC Clock Speed 400.0 MHz

  • Video Memory Installed 512.0 MB

  • Technology DDR2 SDRAM 128-bit

  • Features Avivo Technology

Video Input
  • Type None

Video Output
  • API Supported OpenGL 2.0,
    DirectX 9.0

  • Max Monitors Supported 2.0

  • TV Interface HDTV out

  • Analog Video Format S-Video,
    Composite video

  • Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)

Expansion / Connectivity
  • Interfaces 1.0 x DVI-I (dual link) - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15),
    1.0 x HDTV output - 29 pin combined DVI,
    1.0 x VGA

  • Compatible Slots 1.0 x AGP

Miscellaneous
  • Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista

Software / System Requirements
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows XP,
    Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005,
    Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition,
    Microsoft Windows Vista

  • Recommended Power Supply 350.0 Watt

  • Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM

Feb 22, 2011 | ATI RADEON X1650 Graphic Card

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vista windows style


Windows Vista had a new interface dubbed Aero. Vista will automatically detect if your pc hardware is up to task for using the Aero interface and - if not - will disable it. Your friends are likely using the Aero interface, which has neat transparency effects and the aforementioned fancy window launching/minimizing animations.

Feb 17, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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