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Windows 7: does classic view actually make the laptop run faster?

25 Apr 2011   #11

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Proof of the pudding is in the eating. OP, why dont you just switch to classic view and find out? Maybe do some benchmarking.

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25 Apr 2011   #12

Windows 7 Pro x64

Also when in Classic mode you can turn off and disable the Theme service which stops one more service from loading at startup.
Not sure how that will affect the overall system performance.
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25 Apr 2011   #13

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

I think there are 2 aspects here- since aero uses the gpu, it actually frees up cpu cycles in contrast to classic view. At the same time since dwm.exe consumes memory, switching to classic releases a certain amount of RAM. Any performance gains you see will be the net of these 2 opposing effects but in any case they are unlikely to be phenomenal.
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25 Apr 2011   #14

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

I had an old Dell Dimension 8100 (I believe), has a Pentium 4 1.5 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, and an ATI Radeon 9700 Pro. This thing barely ran Windows XP. Just because I felt like it I threw Windows Vista on this machine couple months after it was released. Now it ran as well as Windows XP, slow but bearable. However, anything having to do with the UI was responsive and fast, if I turned Aero off on this machine it was horrible. Even with classic.

Using Aero is not going to bring around any more overhead then any other. The GPU can better handle the workload of Aero with ease, compared to processing games Aero is a walk in the park for any DirectX 9 graphics card. The Radeon 9700 came out in around 2002 and it is more then capable of running Aero. What you have to watch for is embed craphics.

Also as for memory, Aero lives on VRAM not System RAM if you have WDDM 1.1 drivers, otherwise only a portion of Aero resides on System RAM. However, the amount used is so insignificant. Freeing up CPU cycles versus freeing up RAM will net much better results for performance.
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25 Apr 2011   #15
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

May also be of interest;

What is the Aero desktop experience?

Regards....Mike Connor
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