Optimize Windows 10 Performance by tweaking Visual Effects

Although Microsoft claims – and with justification too – that Windows 10/8 is the most optimized and fastest OS provided by them, there will always be tweak enthusiasts and power users who want to squeeze out the last drop of performance to make Windows run fasterWindows 10 too offers some visual effects, animations and features can be disabled to improve its performance – similar to what was being offered in Windows 8/7.

Today in this article, we’re going to talk about the visual performance optimization of Windows 10/8.

Disable visual effects in Windows 10/8

To start:

1. Press Windows Key + X combination to see the following menu. Select System in the bottom left corner.

2. In the System window, in the left pane, Click on Advanced system settings.

3. In the System Properties window, pick Settings for Performance.

4. In the Performance Options window, you will see 3 options:

  1. Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer
  2. Adjust for best appearance
  3. Adjust for best performance.

Selecting Adjust for best performance may make your Windows perform slightly better, but you will have to sacrifice on the visual effect – and that may be something you may not want to do.

Here are the settings I prefer to uncheck. Feel free to change them and make them suit your needs.

I prefer to remove check marks from following options:

  • Fade out menu items after clicking
  • Enable transparent glass (you will lose the cool Aero look though)
  • Animations in the taskbar
  • Fade or slide menus into view
  • Fade or slide Tool Tips into view
  • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
  • Show shadows under windows
  • Slide open combo boxes

Finally click Apply and then OK. Now you could access to Desktop, if you like using Windows + D key combination.

You’ll now see that, performance of your Windows 10/8 may have increased marginally.

You also have another way and that is as follows:

Open Control Panel > Ease of Access > Make the computer easier to see. Here you will see a Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible) setting. Check the box and click Apply.

This setting is of course available in Windows 7 too!

See this post if you frequently receive 100% Disk Usage message.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.