Make Windows Vista Appear Faster

There are some things you can do to make Windows Vista seem a little faster without upgrading the RAM. Usually there are visual effects that are enabled by default that don’t need to be for Vista to function. I disabled them in XP and now finally decided to do the same in Vista, just to see a small improvement.

Some of you may already know about this and some may not. I just wanted to share with you the ones I chose to disable and how it helped.

Right click on Computer in Vista and click on Advanced system settings on the left side of the window. You can also access the System Properties window from the Control Panel. Click on the Settings… button under Performance in the Advanced tab. You will notice in the Visual Effects tab that there are a few options to choose, including a Custom one. Because I still want some of the visual effects to be enabled, I use Custom by disabling the ones I don’t want:

  • Uncheck Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
  • Uncheck Fade or slide ToolTips into view
  • Uncheck Fade or slide menus into view
  • Uncheck Fade out menu items after clicking
  • Uncheck Slide open combo boxes
  • Uncheck Slide taskbar buttons

Optionally, you can disable any of the other visual effects or all of them if you choose. I find that disabling the ones above really helped Vista to appear faster. I’m not saying Vista is slow (at least not for me), but I also disable the visual effects in XP because it helped in XP, too. Do you really need things to fade or slide? I don’t.

Could I just disable other unnecessary effects, like Aero? Yes, but I do like the transparent appearance over the ugly plain one.

Now windows and menus open much faster, instead of slowly appearing on the screen.

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