Quick Tip: Speed Up Windows 7 Aero

Many of us like the transparent glass effect in Windows 7, it looks very nice. But those of you who are using Windows 7 on computers running an underpowered graphics adapter or on Netbooks with low graphics power will see a performance hit when transparent glass effect is enabled. Having the Aero Glass effect enabled causes slow and choppy animation effects even when you do simple tasks like moving around windows on your screen.

Some may advice you to disable Aero all together to get performance benefits but I will suggest a simple way by which you can get the performance benefits without disabling Aero altogether and voiding yourself from getting the other benefits of Aero, such as Flip 3D, Animations and Taskbar thumbnails. You can get all these benefits and some performance gains by only disabling the transparent glass effect. To disable the transparent glass effect follow the simple steps below:

  • Right-click on an empty space on the desktop and from the menu select Personalize.
  • Now, click on Windows Color.
  • Now just uncheck the Enable Transparency check box to disable the transparent glass effect.
  • Click on the Save changes button and see the performance gains yourself. :)

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