The FixMeTip: Disabling animations that slow down your PC

The FixMeStick can help get rid of viruses that slow down your computer. But not just viruses and online infections can slow down your PC. Various things, including settings you have on your computer, can affect its speed.

Windows likes to keep your system appear modern, smooth, and cutting edge. This includes aesthetic choices that can slow your machine down. Turning some of these animations off will not change how your Windows system looks and speed it up for sure!

1. Get into your Performance Options Menu

  • Windows XP
    Right-click on My Computer and select Properties. At the top select the Advanced tab. Then click the Settings button under the Performance section.
  • Windows Vista
    Click on your Start Menu and then select Control Panel. Select System and Maintenance, followed by Performance Information and Tools. Then click on Adjust Visual Effects. You will then have the Visual Effects tab open.
  • Windows 7 
    Click on your Start Menu and then Select Control Panel. Pick System and Security and then Advanced System Settings (on the left). Then select the Advanced tab and click on Settings under Performance
  • Windows 8 and 10
    Right-click on your Start Menu and select Control Panel. Pick System and Security, followed by System. Then select Advanced System Settings (on the left). Then select the Advanced tab and click on Settings under Performance

2. Uncheck any animations you do not need

Once you have the Performance Options open, you can then uncheck any animation you may not want.  Here are some unnecessary animations that we suggest disabling:

  • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
  • Animations in the taskbar
  • Fade or slide menus into view
  • Show shadow under mouse printer
  • Show shadows under windows
  • Use drop shadows for icon labels desktop

You can always play around with the animations and turn off others if you want. The good thing is, if you don’t like how it looks without the animation, simply go back and turn the animation back on! There is no risk, so give it a try and get a faster computer.

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