System Performance and Visual Effects
Windows XP's visual effects such as fading and sliding menus, and drop shadows
for icon labels makes your system look pretty cool. However, they can take a big
toll on system performance.
You can balance these visual effects against system performance by turning off all visual effects, letting your system decide which to use, or picking and choosing which effects to turn on and off.
1. Right-click on My Computer, choose Properties, and then click on the Advanced tab. The System Properties dialog box appears.
2. Click on Settings under the Performance section. The Performance Options dialog box appears.
The default to let Windows determine which visual effects to turn on and off. To
turn off all effects, choose Adjust for best performance. To use all visual
effects, choose Adjust for best appearance. To turn on and off individual
effects, choose Custom, then check the effects you want to use, and uncheck the
ones you don't.