Optimize Windows 10 performance by adjusting visual effects

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Although Microsoft claims – and rightly so – that Windows 10/8 is the best and fastest operating system, there will always be enthusiasts and power users who want to take advantage of the latest performance drop to make Windows run faster. Windows 10 also offers visual effects, animations and features that can be disabled to improve performance – similar to what was offered in Windows 8/7.

Today we will talk about optimizing the visual performance of Windows 10/8.

Disable visual effects on Windows 10/8

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Getting started :

1 Press the combination Windows key + X to display the following menu. Select System in the lower left corner.

2 In the System window, click Advanced System Settings in the left pane.

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

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

  1. Let Windows choose what best suits my computer
  2. Define the best look
  3. Define the best performance.

Choosing Customize for the best performance can make Windows work a little better, but you need to do without the visual effect – and that’s something you may not want to do.

Here are the settings I prefer to turn off. Do not hesitate to modify them and adapt them to your needs.

I prefer to remove the check marks from the following options :

  • Hide menu items after clicking
  • Enable clear glass (however, you will lose the Aero cool. See)
  • View or move animations in the taskbar
      • View or display menus
        • View or move tooltips
      • Animate window while minimizing and maximizing
        • Show shadows under windows
        • Drag combo boxes

deactivation of all unnecessary animations (if possible). Select the check box and click Apply.

Of course this setting is also available under Windows 7 !

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