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Windows 7: Can windows appearance be changed per user?

12 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
Can windows appearance be changed per user?


I would like to streamline a user account on my Win 7 PC so it maximises performance. This is due to an overheat problem I have been experiancing since my Win 7 upgrade.
I have created a new user account that I would like to run an application really smoothly so have taken some performance tweek advice and turned off the aero peak function, and most of the fancy visual apperance settings, set some services to manual and assumed it would only apply these settings for the current user, but it applies the settings to all users registered on the computer.

Is it possible to set up two (or more) different accounts so one could have all the default features and visual apperance settings as standard (for email, Web browsing, media centre, gadgets, all that nice stuff), and onther user account be bare bones, no nice graphics and visuals, less defautl services but run high demand programs better? This type of solution would be of great benefit to me. Can it be done with Win 7?

Many thanks,


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12 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 8.1/8.1 Pro/Windows 10 TP

Hello Matt it appears you can only Enable or Disable for All Users - How to Allow or Prevent Changing Window Color and Appearance in Windows 7 but if this prevents damage to your computer than it will at least serve a purpose.

If you could try to explain in more detail the why, when your computer started overheating than more knowledgeable members than I may be able to help with that pressing problem too as some may have experienced the same issue and found a resolution that may be helpful and prevent hardware failure.

The dust around the fan intake slots (if laptop) may have to be cleaned to improve airflow thus lowering temperature.
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12 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 32 bit


Thats a shame as it is only high performance programs that seem to cause the problem. Under normal use for Web surfing and general media use the laptop seems fine and I am happy strip back features when using these versus using the laptop just for normal everyday use.

You can find a link to the temperature problem I am experiencing below:

Laptop oveheats after W7 upgrade
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12 Apr 2011   #4

W7 Professional x64

Do you feel that you have the know-how to be comfortable opening the case itself, and doing a more thorough dusting? Just cleaning the fans won't really accomplish much if the inside is caked with dust.

Also, somethign to consider is investing in a laptop cooler. This might not be viable if you're a highly mobile individual, but I know that these days my laptop is rather stationary, so I use one for it.
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13 Apr 2011   #5

Windows Seven Ultimate x64 SP1

I thought you can change settings for different accounts. Unless he is talking about something else.
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