The high quality graphics features in Windows Vista make the operating system more visually attractive. But if you’re low on memory, or if you have a graphics settings conflict, these graphics features can cause Windows Vista to perform poorly. By disabling or changing certain graphics settings in Windows Vista, you can significantly speed up your computer. Lowering your graphics quality may also make older programs like games run more smoothly in Windows Vista.
1. Click the “Start” button, then click Control Panel. Select “Appearance and Personalization” and then “Adjust Screen Resolution.” Move the slider under “Resolution” to the left. Watch the screen resolution settings below the slider. Click “Apply” to test the settings.
2. Preview the resolution to determine whether the settings look right. When prompted to keep the screen resolution settings, click “Yes” if they look right and “No” if they look distorted. Repeat these steps until you obtain a lower screen resolution that displays properly on your computer’s monitor. Also select “16 bit” from the drop-down menu under “Colors.” Click “OK.”
3. Click “Change Desktop Background.” Under “Choose a desktop background” and beside “Location,” select “Solid Colors” from the drop-down menu. Choose a color from the list, then click “OK.”
4. Click the “Start” button, then “Control Panel,” then “Performance and Maintenance.” Click “Performance Information and Tools” from the “Programs” list. Select “Adjust visual effects” from the left pane. Click the “Visual Effects” tab. Select “Custom” and disable individual features to balance appearance with performance in Windows Vista. Select “Adjust for better performance” to disable all of the graphics settings in the list. Click “OK.”
5. Click “Customize Colors” in the “Personalization” menu. Click “Open classic appearance properties for more color options.” Deselect the check mark beside “Enable Transparency” to turn off Aero Glass but keep Windows Aero active. Select “Windows Vista Basic,” “Windows Standard” or “Windows Classic” to disable Windows Aero entirely. Select a high contrast color scheme if you or another user has vision problems.
6. Click “Effects” in the “Appearance Settings” window. Uncheck the boxes beside “Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts,” “Show shadows under menus” and “Show window contents while dragging.” Click “OK.” “Click “OK” to save your settings.
7. Select “Change the theme” under “Personalization. Beside “Theme,” select “Save As…” Give your theme a new file name, then select a folder to save it in and click “Save.” When you need lower graphics quality in Vista, select this theme to change your settings without adjusting each setting individually. If you need higher graphics quality again, you can quickly select another theme, such as “My Favorite Theme,” “Windows Vista” or another personalized theme which you’ve saved yourself.