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    Visual Effects - Adjust in Windows 8

    Visual Effects - Adjust in Windows 8
    How to Adjust Visual Effects in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Adjust Visual Effects in Windows 8 and 8.1

    information   Information
    This will show you how to adjust the visual effects settings for your user account to how you want to use for the appearance and performance of Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    Note   Note
    If you apply any changes in the Control Panel -> Ease of Access Center, your visual effects settings will automatically get reset back to default.

    Tip   Tip
    The visual effect settings below are the most common ones to turn off (uncheck) to help improve performance.

    • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
    • Animations in the taskbar
    • Fade or slide menus into view
    • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    • Fade out menu items after clicking
    • Show shadows under windows
    • Slide open combo boxes





    Visual Effects - Adjust in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Visual Effects - Adjust in Windows 8
    To Change Visual Effects Settings in System Properties

    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to open Visual Effects.


    2. Use and open this "Visual Effects Performance Options" shortcut, and go to step 8 below.
    NOTE: Standard users will be able to also use this step.

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the System icon, and go to step 5 below.
    NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this step.

    4. Open the Power User Tasks menu, click/tap on System, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this step.


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    5. In the left pane, click/tap on the Advanced system settings link. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes, then close the System window.

    7. In the Advanced tab, click/tap on the Settings button under Performance. (see screenshot below)

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    8. From here, you can adjust your visual effects settings to how you like, and click/tap on Apply to see how you like the changes. (see screenshot below)

    Note   Note

    • Let Windows choose what's best for my computer - Windows 8 will select the settings that it determines will run fine based on your system specs.
    • Adjust for best appearance - This will select all settings.
    • Adjust for best performance - This will unselect all settings.
    • Custom - This will allow you to select and unselect the settings you would like to. This will also be selected by default if you manually select or unselect settings.



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    9. When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)

    10. Click/tap on OK to close System Properties. (see screenshot below step 7)






    Visual Effects - Adjust in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Visual Effects - Adjust in Windows 8
    To Change Visual Effects Settings Manually in Registry Editor




    1. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects


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    4. In the right pane of VisualEffects, double click/tap on the VisualFXSetting DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    5. Type in the value number below for the setting you want below, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    A) Type 0 (zero) for Let Windows choose what's best for my computer option, and go to step 8 below.

    B) Type 1 for Adjust for best appearance option, and go to step 8 below.

    C) Type 2 for Adjust for best Performance option, and go to step 8 below.

    D) Type 3 for Custom option, and go to step 6 below.

    6. Using the binary sets below, change the letters in them to turn on (1) or off (0) for each corresponding visual effect.

    Note   Note
    The visual effects below will require more work to change them in the Registry Editor.

    We will have to use the 3 sets of binary values below for the letter(s) of the Visual Effects below that you want to turn on or off, then convert each binary set to hex for the first 3 hex entries in the registry. This will be explained in detail on how to do this in the steps below.

    Binary sets (3)
    1001ABC0 00D1EF10 00000G11

    0=off and 1=on



    Visual Effects and their assigned letters
    (A) Smooth-scroll list boxes
    (B) Slide open combo boxes
    (C) Fade or slide menus into view
    (D) Show shadows under mouse pointer
    (E) Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    (F) Fade out menu items after clicking
    (G) Show shadows under windows


    For example, to turn them all off, I would change all letters in the binary sets to 0 (number zero) like below.

    10010000 00010010 00000011

    For example, to turn only the C visual effect on, I would change the letters in the binary sets like below.

    10010010 00010010 00000011


    7. Use a binary to hex converter to convert each separate binary set one by one to hex.
    NOTE: Make note of these hex values when converted from the adjusted binary sets. They are what you will be using in regedit at step 9 below.

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    NOTE: Press enter after entering the binary value to convert it.

    For example, from the example above to turn them all off, I would convert the 3 separate binary sets one by one to hex like below.

    Binary
    10010000 00010010 00000011

    converted to

    Hex
    90 12 3

    For example, from the example above to turn only the C visual effect on, I would convert the 3 separate binary sets one by one to hex like below.

    Binary
    10010010 00010010 00000011

    converted to

    Hex
    92 12 3

    8. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop


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    9. In the right pane of Desktop, double click on UserPreferencesMask to modify it, and do step 10, 11, 12, or 13 below depending on what you set in step 5 above. (see screenshot above)

    10. If you typed 0 at step 5 for the Let Windows choose what's best for my computer option, then change the values to be the same as the ones in red below, click/tap on OK, and go to step 14 below. (see screenshot below)

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    11. If you typed 1 at step 5 for the Adjust for best appearance option, then change the values to be the same as the ones in red below, click/tap on OK, and go to step 14 below. (see screenshot below)

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    12. If you typed 2 at step 5 for the Adjust for best performance option, then change the values to be the same as the ones in red below, click/tap on OK, and go to step 14 below. (see screenshot below)

    90 12 03 80 10 00 00 00

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    13. If you typed 3 at step 5 for the Custom option, then change the first 3 values (ex: 90 12 03) underlined in red below with the hex values you got from step 7, click/tap on OK, and go to step 14 below. (see screenshot below)

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    14. Close regedit.

    15. Sign out and sign in, or restart the PC to apply the changes.






    That's it,
    Shawn


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    I did the manual way on Windows 8.1 and found it did not work. It shows up under the performance options as what iv set "Adjust for best performance" After a restart did not change the settings. I had to go back to the Performance options and select Adjust for best performance again and apply and then the settings will work.

    I am trying to set Adjust for best performance as my default setting for ALL USERS and have had no luck

    Any thoughts or scripts i could try?

    Background of the Environment, Developing Windows 8.1 for VDI and this runs pretty poor with windows choosing what it thinks is the best performance, When Adjust for best performance has been applied is run like a dream!

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    Hello Steve, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I'm afraid that I don't know a way to apply to all users without repeating this while signed in per account.
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    Win 8.1 Update x64


    I tried doing the Option One to uncheck the 7 options under Custom - Visual Effects for increasing the performance. Also, did click Apply, Ok and again Ok.

    Now it is not showing any animations. But after i restart the system, the animations return back. I looked in the visual effect section and could notice 6 of the 7 items i unchecked, was automatically Checked back
    The "animations in task bar" is still unchecked though.

    Tried to unmark them again, clicked apply, OK. Till i shutdown system, it's OK. But when i restart system, the 6 options i unchecked are automatically checked.

    I've two user profiles - local Admin account & standard ms account profiles in my lap

    This happens only in my standard ms account. The admin profile , settings are okay and intact .

    Could someone help me here how to correct this bug.

    I did a sfc scan and dism, everything is okay.
    Last edited by visruth; 05 Nov 2014 at 05:51.
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    Hello Visruth,

    Since this is happening with a Microsoft account, I would guess that it may be because it's syncing your old settings still to restore them and hasn't updated with your new settings yet.

    You could temporarily turn off syncing for this MS account to test and see if that may be the issue.

    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Hi Shawn,


    Thanks for getting back to me

    I had already turned off Sync 1 month back.

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    So I tried turning it on again, unchecked the items from Custom - Visual settings again, clicked apply, ok:
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    Restarted system. But the problem still returns back:
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    So I thought it may be due to turning off Sync over metered connections, so I turned on sync over metered connections & then again I unchecked the items, Restarted system.
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    But the problem remains

    EDIT: Now, again I tried turning off Sync after unchecking the items. Restarted system, but the problem is not resolved.
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    Odd. Check to see how it behaves if you set it using Option Two instead.
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    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    When I reach Step 4 in Option 2, I could not find VisualFXSetting DWORD in the right pane:
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    I think the registry entry is no more there, what could have happened there? Any workarounds for changing the visual settings?

    EDIT: I could also note that only the change made in Custom option - Visual settings are the ones not getting affected on Restart.
    When I select Let Windows choose what's best for my computer or Adjust for best Performance, the changes are sustained after Restart.
    Last edited by visruth; 05 Nov 2014 at 15:46.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    That could be why then. Here's a copy of my VisualEffects key as a .reg file below that you can merge to restore for you. Afterwards, test to see if your setting will stick afterwards.

    VisualEffects.reg
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    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    How can I merge it to my registry path, I've to just download and open? Shall I try this tomorrow and get back to you, it's late night here, too tired ��? Thanks for all the help
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