by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 2, 2015)
The Aero interface features in Windows 7 are nice to look at, but they can have an affect on your system performance—particularly if you are low on available memory. If you don't like the "eye candy" that Aero implements, you can turn it off if you want. Simply follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Visual Effects tab of the Performance Options dialog box.
Note that the dialog box includes a long list of visual effects you can turn on or off. While you can take the time to do this, if you want, the easiest way is to simply click the Adjust for Best Performance radio button at the top of the dialog box. This turns off most of the visual effects and, thereby, most of the Aero features. The result is that your system runs faster.
When you are done making adjustments, click the OK button to dismiss the dialog box. You can also close any other dialog boxes open on your system.
This tip (12563) applies to Windows 7.
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