Though the computers of today are strong enough to handle and run Windows XP, with all the visual enhancements enabled, some old computers, or systems with low amount of physical memory and/or a "weak" graphic cards could (and would) run more smoothly with those "cosmetic visual enhancements" disabled.
The default setting is to let Windows choose what's best for your computer, but in 90% of the time, "helping" it a little will surely improve your computer performance!
To disable those visual enhancements, all you have to do is follow the following 6 short steps:
- Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.
- Go to Advanced tab.
- Click Settings, under Performance section.
- Choose Adjust for best performance.
- If you would like to keep the "Windows XP Style" (as oppose to "Windows Classic" = Windows 98/Windows 2000 style), you will need to re-tick the 2 last options (Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop and Use visual styles on Windows and buttons). This will keep the nice graphical interface and will preserve Windows XP "fancy look".
- Click OK on Performance Options window, then click OK once again, to close System Properties.
- You can always turn the visual enhancements on by repeating steps 1-4 and choosing Let Windows choose what's best for my computer.
- To make ALL visual enhancements on, choose Adjust for best appearance instead.
Changes take effect immediately, no reboot required.
Another side-issue regarding visual styles is the wallpaper, or Desktop Background
Having no background (a solid color. Select None
in the background's settings under Desktop
tab in Display Properties
) will demand less resources from the computer and increase response time when showing the Desktop. On the other hand, having a large-size (both in scale and in file size) photo will need more resources (especially memory) to rescale and view/reload it, every time the Desktop is shown.