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

25 Apr 2011   #1
rossmodel

windows 7 professional 64
 
 
does classic view actually make the laptop run faster?

I have heard that using classic view can make windows run a lot faster, it that true? I have a weak laptop running a big external monitor (u2711)


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25 Apr 2011   #2
Bill2

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

Classic view cuts down on the detailed themes and the fancy eye candy so it frees up some RAM. Wouldnt make too much difference on a well-equipped machine but I guess with limited memory, you might notice some difference. Its ugly though!
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25 Apr 2011   #3
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

No Classic will not make the computer run faster. If your computer supports Aero then a good chunk of the UI is being handle on the GPU which is hardly ever used. If you switch to Classic (or Basic) then the UI is generated on the CPU only. This take CPU cycles away from your applications.

To recap, Aero runs on the GPU. Classic runs on the CPU.
Running Aero on a weak computer is the best thing to give it an extra life.
My little netbook* would be awful without Aero.

* Dell Inspiron Mini 10v (Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz; 1GB; Windows 7 Professional)
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25 Apr 2011   #4
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Well I disagree with both of the previous posts. Not sure where Aero runs and really don't care. Classic theme IMHO will cut down on the overhead your system has to deal with. Cut down overhead and you get more bang for your bucks. Simple logic.
There is also a tutorial on this subject on this site.
What can really help is turning off all the special effects.

Here is the tutorial.
Optimize Windows 7
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25 Apr 2011   #5
Bill2

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

And what is the definition of "overhead"?
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25 Apr 2011   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shootist View Post
Simple logic.
Simple maybe, but not correct. Aero offloads the work of those "eye candy" features to the GPU, even a weak GPU. The classic theme, while giving you little eye candy, still uses the CPU. I'm not going to make the claim one is better than the other, but my point is, disabling Aero won't suddenly speed up a laptop or make it snappier.

This is just another example of where people expect the rules and tweaks of XP to still work now, and they don't.
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25 Apr 2011   #7
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

If you set up your system for "Maximum performance", then all visual enhancements are disabled;



Enabling ANY enhancements slows performance.

The only exception to this is Aero, which offloads tasks to the graphic processor. This may make a difference on a weak machine, but on a high performance machine there is no noticeable difference.

Regards....Mike Connor
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25 Apr 2011   #8
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Doesn't matter where Aero "offloads" the work to...Aero is disabled in Classic View so it's irrelevant.

Have to agree with Mike's assessmant here...
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25 Apr 2011   #9
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patio View Post
Doesn't matter where Aero "offloads" the work to...Aero is disabled in Classic View so it's irrelevant.

Have to agree with Mike's assessmant here...
Well, that's really the point. It's not irrelevant. If you have a weak machine, and you enable Aero, it may be quite a bit faster than not using Aero, because Aero offloads tasks to the graphics processor, and using "Classic" doesn't.

Regards....Mike Connor
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25 Apr 2011   #10
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patio View Post
Doesn't matter where Aero "offloads" the work to...Aero is disabled in Classic View so it's irrelevant.
You're actually proving the counterargument, to be honest. It is a big deal where the offload is done. The point behind Aero is to allow weaker machines to run just as well with normal graphics, rendering the old "switch to classic" tweak irrelevant.

Once again, Windows 7 is not XP and shouldn't be treated as such. Can't stress that enough.
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