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Windows 7: How do I turn off visual effects?


23 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
How do I turn off visual effects?

How do I turn off visual effects?

I donít like the way Windows 7 animates windows when maximizing and minimizing. Iíve know how to turn it off, but I want to turn it off permanently.

Iíve been to System->Advanced->Performance Options->Visual Effects and unchecked the corresponding option - "Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing". Iíve also unchecked ďEnable Aero PeekĒ.

This turns off the animation only for a while. Perhaps a day or two sometimes just a few hours. I was wondering if there was a registry hack to turn this off permanently.

Can any one help?


Jessica

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23 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Right after you set the options, try logging off, then log back on. That should flush the registry to disk. I don't know why it would forget settings, but it looks like that's what happens.

If that doesn't work, try adjusting the settings, then reboot right away.
If that doesn't work, I'd check Microsoft Knowledge Base to see if it's listed as broken.
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23 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply. All the knowledge base tells you is how to turn animation off and on. Thereís nothing on how to disable it permanently. Iíve googled it, and found that there are quite a few people with the same problem. Cheers.
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23 Mar 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Here's a tutorial that should help you with that,
Visual Effects Settings - Change[2]=Appearance Personalize
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23 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jessica View Post
Thanks for the reply. All the knowledge base tells you is how to turn animation off and on. Thereís nothing on how to disable it permanently. Iíve googled it, and found that there are quite a few people with the same problem. Cheers.
Do you mean you want to disable Aero theme altogether?

If so you could take a look at this howto:
Disable Aero on Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek
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23 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Once again, thanks for the replies.

I know how to turn it on and off. Iíve even been into the registry and made sure that ĎMinAninateí is set to '0'.

For some reason, Windows 7 keep turning animation back on. I then have to switch it off again. This happens four or five times a day.

All I want to know is; is there a way of setting it OFF permanently. Does any one know of a registry hack to achieve this?

Thanks.
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23 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Jessica, have tried rebooting right after you change the settings?
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23 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jessica View Post
Once again, thanks for the replies.

I know how to turn it on and off. Iíve even been into the registry and made sure that ĎMinAninateí is set to '0'.

For some reason, Windows 7 keep turning animation back on. I then have to switch it off again. This happens four or five times a day.

All I want to know is; is there a way of setting it OFF permanently. Does any one know of a registry hack to achieve this?

Thanks.

If it's not a bug then all I can think is that some program is changing the settings back. You may need to use the ProcessMonitor utility to see if some program is messing with the settings.
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24 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Does any of this look like it could be related to the problem?

Setpoint 4.72 XP x64 re-enabling of window max/min... - Logitech Forums
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24 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks MilesAhead,

Yes, It does.

Thanks for the link regarding possible compatibility problem with Logitech software.

Not so long ago, I had an issue with Setpoint 4.80 and NAV2010. According to Norton, Setpoint was trying to access files on my computer and was being logged as ďUnauthorised Accessed LoggedĒ and was being blocked by Norton. Why the fuss I hear you ask, well it was being logged 10 times per minute!! The resulting log file was E N O R M O U S. This actually had an impact on my computer's performance.

I posted on the Logitech support site and the answer was to turn off ďAutomatic UpdatesĒ and remove the Logitech icon from the system tray. This actually worked. Norton now logs about one or two per hour.

Recently, I bought a Logitech steering wheel and installed Logitech Gaming Software v5.08. This has started Norton off again and this time thereís no automatic updates to turn off and no icon in the system tray.

I believe Logitech software is responsible for animation being turned on all the time.

I posted on the Logitech support forum and Iíve emailed Logitech through their support system. Hopefully, Iíll have an answer soon.

Thanks for the help.


Jessica
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