Friday, May 16, 2014

Windows GPO Settings to disable Windows Animations

This kind of stuff is also controlled via the computer properties > advanced >
performance > visual effect option. If you set it to best performance, all
the stuff you want turned off is turned off.

Unfortunately this changes a whole bunch of registry values but if we just
narrow down on the stuff you want, there are 2 registry values involved:

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask

This is a reg_binary value. Change this value from 9E 2C 07 80 12 00 00 00
to 9E 2C 07 80 10 00 00 00 .

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\VisualFxSetting 
 
I prefer this value 
90 32 07 80 10 00 00 00 
 
The VisualEffects key doesn't exist by default. There are a bunch of value
that can be defined under here but the only one that really matters is
VisualFxSettings. Set this to 2 to disable a lot of the animations and also
to tick "Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible)" .

So if you're willing to do a reg hack on logon life is easy. In fact prior
to Vista/Server 2008 that was really your only option unless you had were
using the DesktopStandard GP extensions because Reg_binary values couldn't
be changed via group policy.

Now that Microsoft have acquired DesktopStandard most things are possible
provided you've got the MDOP GP extensions. If not then it's back to
scripting or turning things off for the default profile and using that plus
a profile management solution.

However there are still a couple of other things you can try tweaking.

If you go to user configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows
Components > Desktop Windows Manager, there's an option "Do not allow window
animations".

And there's also configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows
Components > Windows Explorer, "Turn off common control and window
animations".

There used to be a free DesktopStandard registry extensions download that
would do the trick but I'm not sure it'll work with Server 2008. If you want
to try it send me an email and I'll get it to you to make available for
download.

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