Computers nowadays are designed to perfectly fit the users’ preferences. They have improved graphics, nicer looks and feel, classy interfaces, different themes and screensavers, and all those apps and features added to improve overall interface while using the computer. The desktop and all the icons can be customized into the user’s preferred color, size, transparency and more. It makes the computer look prettier and depicts ownership to the user. The computer then becomes more of a personal machine. Computer personalization is one of the hottest things users are so into nowadays. But improving these features in your computer also has its downside.
Every change you put into the computer affects the overall performance of the computer system. It’s like “in every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Stretching the limit of your computer’s desktop appearances for personalization affects its speed. For instance, when you want to turn on Windows Aero in your Vista or Win7 operating system, it makes your computer look prettier with its smooth edges and 3D glossy effect but in return it lowers the speed of your computer and increases power consumption. Windows Aero is the default graphical interface for Vista and Win7 from Microsoft but is not available on Home Basic versions of the operating systems. It also requires a lot for it to be compatible and work fully in a computer. So it you want speed and better performance from your computer, better disable the Aero feature as it requires more power and lowers speed to make your desktop look nicer.
There are plenty of other ways to improve your computer’s performance minus the flashy look and feel. The Windows operating system offers ways to improve your computer speed. Performance Information and Tools, the Windows Experience Index and the Ready Boost all offer many ways to help boost speed for your computer, particularly the Vista and Win7. Adjusting the visual effects like transparency is one of the graphic options to change for an instant speed boost. Enabling transparency means that you will be able to adjust the transparency of the windows currently open and running in your desktop. The one you’re working on will be the one visible and the other open windows will look like shadows behind. It looks sleek and clean but will never work if the Windows Aero is turned off. Enabling transparency means added load to your computer resulting to slower performance added to the Aero.
Also, one instant speed boost is the adjustment of the power settings. Changing the battery consumption means longer life and faster resumption from hibernation. In Performance Information and Tools option of the computer, you can choose which feature to enable to get instant speed boost. The advanced option from Performance Information and Tools also help you which thing to choose to be able to get a higher speed. Lowering down the personalization options of your computer means faster performance. Less flashy is equal to better computer performance.