How to Optimize Windows Appearance Settings
Everybody loves nice-looking things and cool designs no matter whether it’s clothes, gadgets or your computer. That’s why most people love the way Windows 7 looks with all of its visual effects enabled. And that’s why people tend to download cool wallpapers and have elaborate screensavers. But did you know that cool looks come at a cost?
Graphics and visual effects are very resource-hungry and can severely affect system performance, especially if you have an older computer and an integrated video card that has no dedicated memory of its own. Even if you have a newer, more powerful system with a graphics card that has its own memory, you could make your computer run faster and smoother by optimizing Windows appearance settings.
Turn off wallpaper and disable screensaver
The first thing I recommend is switching off your wallpaper and screensaver. Wallpapers and screensavers can take up a massive amount of RAM and a fair bit of disk space. Both your wallpaper and your screensaver are not needed by your PC and only have an aesthetic value. True, screensavers were a necessity for old CRT screens, but now they are pretty much obsolete, just like the screens that required them.
Switching your wallpaper and screensaver off is super-easy:
Adjust color scheme and visual effects
Remember that the pretty Windows is not the fastest Windows, especially if you have the “eye candy” Windows 7 with Aero and transparency enabled. So, if in your book performance is more important than looks, you should consider choosing a more minimalistic look. Here is how:
This will make your Windows look very minimalistic and even out of date. If you don’t mind that, then simply enjoy the performance gain. But if you’d still like XP to look more like XP, simply select the Custom radio button and select the visual effect you like.
If it’s the first time you are customizing Windows 7 appearance settings, you will need to switch Aero off. Yes, it looks nice, but it’s also exceptionally resource-hungry. Here is how you can disable Aero:
If you want to keep Aero, but still gain some performance, click Window Color in the same window and uncheck the Enable Transparency box.
You can also use the Windows XP method described above to adjust Windows 7 for best performance.
There are other things you can do to optimize Windows appearance settings. We’ve covered them in our ebook “Turbo Windows – the Ultimate PC Speed Up Guide”. Download it for FREE now!