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[Q][8.1 Pro] Animations are laggy with acceptable specs.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    [Q][8.1 Pro] Animations are laggy with acceptable specs.


    8.1 Pro fresh install. Core 2 duo E4600 (2.4ghz). 2GB DDR2 ram. X1550 gpu.

    Animations are very laggy (especially the metro tabbed start). Opening or closing any window, opening an app, in app transitions... There all very laggy. From what I understand they should work smoothly. Any ideas?

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Although 2GB RAM meets the minimum requirement to run Windows 8 Pro 64bit it is not ideal. Consider upgrading the RAM if possible.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    It's not 64 bit. It's 32 bit.
    @nuccii
    Last edited by wutbit; 01 Jul 2014 at 17:28.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by wutbit View Post
    8.1 Pro fresh install. Core 2 duo E4600 (2.4ghz). 2GB DDR2 ram. X1550 gpu.

    Animations are very laggy (especially the metro tabbed start). Opening or closing any window, opening an app, in app transitions... There all very laggy. From what I understand they should work smoothly. Any ideas?
    Perhaps it would be in your best interest to keep Windows from using up your slim resources and turn animations off.

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    Animations - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You could also adjust visual animations by creating new registry entries but ONLY if you are comfortable doing so.
    (I always suggest creating a restore or backing up the registry or both, before performing any tweaks!)


    The Start Screen displays a pronounced animation effect when it first loads up after Windows startup. Subsequently, whenever you switch to it, it shows a smaller animation. If you want to control how the animation effect is used on the Start Screen, go to the following location in the Registry:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Grid]
    Launcher_SessionLoginAnimation_OnShow=0
    The DWORD above does not exist by default. If it is created and set to =1, the Start Screen will always use the more pronounced startup animation effect whenever it is switched to during a Windows session.
    You can also control individual animation effects for the Start Screen by creating the following additional new DWORDS under the key above:
    Launcher_SessionLogin_Icon_Offset=3000
    The value above determines from how far the user account image at the top right will slide across the screen. Higher values mean the image will start further away and slide all the way to its resting place on the right.
    Launcher_SessionLogin_IconText_Offset=100
    The value above determines from how far the user account name at the top right, next to the account image, will slide across the screen. Higher values mean the user name will start further away and slide all the way to its resting place on the right.
    Launcher_SessionLogin_Tower_Offset=500
    Launcher_SessionLogin_IndividualTower_Offset=3000
    The value above control how the tiles are spread across the screen. Higher values for the first and lower for the second will mean the tiles travel from right to left, and the opposite if the values are switched.
    Experiment with the variables above to achieve the effect you are after. Note that you must have the Launcher_SessionLoginAnimation_OnShow=1 for any of the additional animation variables to work when switching to the Start Screen. Furthermore, all values must be assigned in Decimal view, not Hexadecimal view. To undo the changes, delete all of these newly created DWORDS to revert back to normal animation for the Start Screen.
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