Windows 10 Optimization – Part 4 – User Interface

afterbeforeI think I create my to-do lists wrong. I never feel like I’m making any progress. For example, one item on my to-do list was “Fix sailboat rudder”. It was looking pretty gnarly, plus my tiller broke, which made for an interesting sail back to the mooring.

This one item on my list took me almost 2 weeks to complete! Talk about not making any progress. What I should have done is break the tasks down into small chunks like

  1. Remove rudder hardware
  2. Sand
  3. Fill cracks/holes
  4. Sand and clean
  5. Paint first coat
  6. Sand and clean
  7. Paint second coat
  8. Sand and clean
  9. Paint third coat
  10. Sand and clean
  11. Paint fourth coat
  12. Sand and clean
  13. Paint fifth coat
  14. Sand and clean
  15. Paint sixth coat
  16. Reattach rudder hardware

Now I don’t feel so bad that it took so long.

I’m beginning to feel the same way about this Windows 10 optimization blog. It was a good idea, but WOW, there are quite a few things to cover. So far, we’ve gone through

  1. Default apps
  2. Services
  3. Scheduled tasks

And remember, although it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, adhere to our XenApp best practice:

For the best combination of user experience and resource consumption, optimize appropriately

This batch of optimizations are on the user interface optimizations.

Optimization Configuration
Disable default system Screensaver HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\ControlPanel\Desktop

“ScreenSaveActive”=dword: 00000000

Disable the Windows 10 First

Logon Animation



Hide Hard Error Messages [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Windows]


Settings “Visual Effects to Custom” [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects]


Disable “Show translucent selection rectangle” [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]


Disable “Show shadows under windows” [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]


Disable “Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing” [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ControlPanel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]


Disable “Animations in the taskbar” [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]


Disable “Enable Peek” [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]


Disable “Save Taskbar Thumbnail Previews” [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]


Disable “Smooth edges of screen fonts” [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Control Panel\Desktop]


Disable the rest of the visual effects [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Control Panel\Desktop\]

“UserPreferencesMask”=RegBin: “90,12,01,80”

Disable cursor blink rate Disable “Cursor blink”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Control Panel\Desktop]


Disable Internet Explorer First Run




Reduce menu show delay [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Desktop]

MenuShowDelay”, “0”

Now all i have to do is wait until May before I get to put the boat back in the water.

Note: The complete Windows 10 optimization blog series

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