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Desktop Composition - Disable for a Program

How to Disable Desktop Composition for a Program
Published by streetwolf
29 Aug 2009
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How to Disable Desktop Composition for a Program

information   Information
Desktop composition is also known as Aero. It can either be disabled globally or on a program by program basis. Having it disabled while running such things as 3D games may provide a performance bump.
Note   Note
When set to disabled, the program Aero will only temporarily be disabled. After the program ends Aero will be turned on automatically.
warning   Warning
Keep in mind that you may need to select the main executable in step 1 below. Some games for example use a launcher to start the game which then starts the main program. In this case you do NOT want to change the launcher.

Here's How:
1. Navigate to the executable or shortcut for the program you wish to disable desktop composition using Explorer.

2. Right click on it and select Properties.

3. Select the Compatibility tab and check Disable desktop composition, then click on OK.

29 Aug 2009   #1
Orbital Shark


Nice tutorial mate.

You may want to note that you can also right-click the Desktop/Start Menu links to produce the same results

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29 Aug 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Thanks streetwolf !!
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29 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 RTM Retail

Good tip to increase your benchmarking scores. My Furmark score went from ~3800 to ~4350. Almost a 15% increase!
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19 Jan 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate x64

I don't get it, doesn't 'Aero' disable on it's own when starting up games?
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29 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7

Seems like this should get Diablo II to run for me, but it doesn't. I've been fiddling with video settings like this and it still just flickers, makes a weird sound, and then doesn't actually start. Any advice?
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21 Aug 2010   #6


Thanks for that. Can you arrange a similar setting for processes like HPWAmain.exe and sidebar.exe etc?
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