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Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

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6.2. Turn Off Graphics to Improve Performance

You can turn off some or all of the visual effects that Windows 7 uses to display screen elements. This reduces the load on your computer, which improves the overall performance of your machine.

These visual effects include the animation Windows 7 uses when you minimize or maximize a window. For example, when you minimize a window, it appears to shrink down to the taskbar. Such effects are designed to help novice users better understand what is happening on their computer.

For graphics in general, and the visual effects in particular, performance is mostly determined by the amount of memory on the graphics adapter. This is a circuit board inside your computer that processes the graphical data generated ...

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