As long as the hardware allows it, Windows 10 has a series of effects, which are activated automatically, that make using the operating system more pleasant. Although they only last a few moments, if we look at it when opening the start menu, or when opening any window, it does so with a fade in / fade out effect that undoubtedly improves our experience. However, these effects can often be the reason why our computer is slow, and why certain tasks take longer than necessary.
If the computer’s resources are being used by other applications, or we simply have a relatively old computer, surely we have ever seen how when clicking on the start button the menu took time to appear. The same happens, for example, when we open a window, we maximize, minimize or do any other task with it.
Normally Windows usually adjusts the effects of the operating system according to the type of hardware that we have automatically. However, in case of having these problems very often, we can always configure these effects ourselves to speed up the opening of the start menu and windows, among other things.
How to configure Windows 10 start menu and windows effects
Windows 10 performance options are found within advanced system settings. To get to it, the first thing we will do is open the computer properties by right-clicking on «This computer» and, in the window that appears, selecting the option « Advanced system settings «.
In the tab «Advanced options» we can see a section dedicated to the performance of the equipment. Click on the «Configuration» button to enter these options.
The option that is marked by default is the one that lets Windows decide what type of effects to activate or not depending on the performance of the computer. The first thing we will do is select the “Customize” option to be able to manually choose the settings we want. In the list of elements at the bottom, the ones that we must deactivate because they influence the performance of the equipment are:
- Animate windows by minimizing and maximizing.
- Animate controls and elements within windows.
We deactivate these two boxes, apply the changes and restart the computer. When Windows reboots, these visual enhancements will be disabled, and therefore animations will not appear when using Windows, but the operating system will run faster and smoother.
How to further improve Windows performance
In the previous point we have explained how we could improve the opening speed of the start menu and Windows windows at the cost of sacrificing the effects that are activated by default. However, if we want, these can even be improved a bit more.
Within the Windows visual effects configuration window we can find other options. For example, we can choose whether we want Windows to offer us the best appearance (although sacrificing performance), or the best performance, at the cost of disabling all visual enhancements.
We will also be able to adjust the performance of the computer by choosing what we want the processor to have the highest priority, whether it is Windows programs or background services.
Finally, if we want, we can also adjust the virtual memory of the computer, very useful if we have little RAM in Windows 10.