Control XP Performance Settings

Chris Jones
07-10-2005, 03:02 AM
>>>>>>I want to prevent XP users from using visual effects. I want to enable
performance. Can I do this through SBS GP? I could not find it if its in


I use a downloaded registry settings file on logon for certain users and you
could perhaps do the same, or simply login to the client and change the
registry setting. If that's of any use, I found the following article:

Please let me know if you need help with this as editing the registry
shouldn't be attempted unless you have first backed it up and know what you
are editing.

I would like to control all XP workstations on my domain and force them to
use "Best Performance" under visual settigs. Is there a way to do this. I
have tried registry edit, and the change is made (Box is Checked) but the
default settings are still used. Below is my post to another newsgroup.

Hi Chris,

Thank you for your reply.

I have performed the test locally and the results is the same as yours.
After performing the research, I would like to provide the following

1. When we change this setting in the System Properties, the OS will use
the API to configure all settings that is listed under Best Performance,
and then modify the registery key.
2. If we simply modify the registry key, the option "Adjust for best
performance" will be selected. However, since the OS didn't use the
necessary API to configure all performance settings, you still see the
default XP settings.

In this situation, this issue has become an Windows XP question. We need
to know what policy or way that we can use to let all users on 1 WinXP
machine to use "Adjust for best performance". After that, we can use AD
to deploy this setting. I recommend you post this question in
microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain newsgroup so that other users
that may share the experience with you. Your understanding is highly

Best regards,

Crina Li (MSFT)

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| From: "Chris Jones" <>
| | Subject: Re: Group Policy Question
| Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 14:19:21 -0400
| Lines: 68
| | Newsgroups:
| |
| The registry setting is taking effect, Best performance is checked, but
| is still operating in the XP default mode no matter how many reboots. So
| appears as if the change works, but the settings are not changing. Even
| though the registry edit checks "Adjust for Best Performance" box, the
| settings are still as XP default. You should try the registry edit
| on a test machine, you will understand clearly. And it doesnt matter
| workstation the registry edit is applied too, it does the same on all
| workstations. Read this link and these people will tell you the same
| thing....
| Thank you for helping me with this issue.

Control XP Performance Settings