Many people have upgraded their computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the free upgrade program offered by Microsoft. So basically, if you bought a Windows 7 computer in around 2009 and have upgraded it to Windows 10, you are using an almost 10 year old PC. This kind of old computer may show signs of aging and fatigue in various components. If you have not upgraded its hardware components, then it will perform very poorly. If you feel the slowness when opening windows or when switching from one window to another, then you can significantly improve the performance by disabling the animation effects used in Windows 10.
Here is how you can disable animation in Windows 10:
- Press the hotkey Win+R to bring up the Run dialog.
- In the Run dialog, type SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe and press Enter.
- This will open the “System Properties” window. Select the Advanced tab and click on the Settings button in the Performance category.
- In the window that opens up, select Visual Effects tab and uncheck two checkboxes – Animate controls and elements inside Windows and Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing.
- Click on the OK button to save the settings.
From now on you will not see any of the in-built Windows 10 animations. This will significantly improve the performance of your Windows PC during your everyday use of the PC. If you want to further speed up the computer and make it consume lesser system resources then you can disable even more visual effects.
These steps are unnecessary on newer and more powerful systems. In general, if you have a relatively newer computer (not more than four years old) or your PC has very good hardware configuration (more than 4 GB of RAM and at least 2 GHz quad-core CPU), then you do not really have to disable these animation effects in your Windows 10 PC.