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    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #40

    Brink said:
    It varies per settings, but the links in the green info box in option 2 are for those not included for option 2.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Unchecking Animate Windows when Minimising and Maximising using the REG File you provided, also Unchecks . . .

    • Fade or slide menus into view
    • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    • Fade out menu items after clicking
    • Show shadows under mouse pointer
    • Slide open combo boxes
    • Smooth-scroll list boxes

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  3. Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       #42

    Paul Black said:
    Thanks for the reply.

    Unchecking Animate Windows when Minimising and Maximising using the REG File you provided, also Unchecks . . .

    • Fade or slide menus into view
    • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    • Fade out menu items after clicking
    • Show shadows under mouse pointer
    • Slide open combo boxes
    • Smooth-scroll list boxes

    Just in case if anyone finds this thread and needs a quick sum-up, the correct answer is:

    Code:
    REG ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics" /V MinAnimate /T REG_SZ /D 0 /F
    Also protip, if you're ever having problems with any individual lines, go into Performance in Windows and pull up RegEdit with the key/value you have documented, disable the option in the GUI, press F5 in Regedit, enable the option in Performance, press F5 in Regedit again and verify the value changed in a way you expected it to. If it does that's typically faster than logging out and logging back in.
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       #43

    CompSuperAC said:
    Just in case if anyone finds this thread and needs a quick sum-up, the correct answer is:

    Code:
    REG ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics" /V MinAnimate /T REG_SZ /D 0 /F
    Also protip, if you're ever having problems with any individual lines, go into Performance in Windows and pull up RegEdit with the key/value you have documented, disable the option in the GUI, press F5 in Regedit, enable the option in Performance, press F5 in Regedit again and verify the value changed in a way you expected it to. If it does that's typically faster than logging out and logging back in.
    Except it's required to sign out/in or restart computer to apply the change when made manually in the registry.

    Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing
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  5. Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       #44

    Brink said:
    Except it's required to sign out/in or restart computer to apply the change when made manually in the registry.

    Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing
    That's true, you're right. I guess I should probably say "start with checking it that way in the GUI to know if you're on the right path, then apply the command either by command line, .bat file, or some sort of logon script to double check" or something like that
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  6. Posts : 249
    Win 10 1809 LTSC
       #45

    I guess I am the only one with this issue, build 21H2 LTSC.

    So I am trying to preconfigure the dreaded visual effects box.

    I have read the guide listed here.

    I can confirm the resulting registry file I made matches if I manually configure it.

    However i will give an example.

    1 - I set "let windows manage" (windows default).
    2 - I import the registry changes.
    3 - I either restart explorer, sign out then sign in, or reboot.

    Result is only some settings have changed, the registry is applied correctly but some settings not taking effect.

    The settings in the dialog box dont match to whats in the registry when this happens.

    It also happens on font smoothing, that one is very easy to confirm, toggle it, lsign out, sign back in, no changes to font smoothing, but then toggle in the settings, click apply and works.

    Seems there is now a missing piece of the jigsaw as if windows executes something when changing manually, and a registry import is no longer enough?

    Or is my local install just been weird?

    Code:
    ;note the following to be imported correctly require launch windows in separate process to be disabled, its ok to set if that got enabled but not yet rebooted, otherwise disable it first
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects]
    "VisualFXSetting"=dword:3
    
    ;disable animate control, fade options, slide open combo boxes
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    "UserPreferencesMask"=hex:98,32,07,80,10,00,00,00
    
    ;Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
    "MinAnimate"="0"
    
    ;Animations in the taskbar
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
    "TaskbarAnimations"=dword:0
    So if click windows manage, then import that file, should end up with following ticks in order.

    untick 3 times
    tick
    untick 4 times
    tick 5 times
    untick
    tick 3 times

    instead end up with

    tick twice
    untick
    tick 4 times
    untick twice
    tick 8 times

    the default compared to what changes is animations in the taskbar, so only the animations in the taskbar setting actually changes.

    the following all fail to change

    top 2 animation options
    all 3 fade options
    slide open combo boxes.

    --

    Found the culprit.

    If the following option is enabled in explorer.

    "Launch folder windows in a separate process" it prevents an easy registry import to set these options.

    So if using that option would need to set it later.

    I added a comment to the code box to reflect this.
    Last edited by Chrysalis; 2 Weeks Ago at 13:56.
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  7. Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       #46

    Glad you got it figured out, not gonna lie I couldn't follow this at all but it's important to note in my testing back in 2019 I had to sign out and back in twice to get all of the settings to apply for me. I'm not sure if you mentioned you tried that or not.
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  8. Posts : 249
    Win 10 1809 LTSC
       #47

    Yes signing out wouldnt work, not even a reboot.

    I have found what I think is a better way now though, which is to change the defaults (windows managed).

    Code:
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Animate controls and elements inside windows > Off
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\ControlAnimations]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing > Off
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\AnimateMinMax]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Animations in the taskbar > Off
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\TaskbarAnimations]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Enable Peek > On
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\DWMAeroPeekEnabled]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Fade or slide menus into view > Off
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\MenuAnimation]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Fade or slide ToolTips into view > Off
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\TooltipAnimation]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Fade out menu items after clicking > Off
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\SelectionFade]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Save taskbar thumbnail previews > Off
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\DWMSaveThumbnailEnabled]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Show shadows under mouse pointer > On
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\CursorShadow]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Show shadows under windows > On
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\DropShadow]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Show thumbnails instead of icons > On
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\ThumbnailsOrIcon]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Show translucent selection rectangle > On
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\ListviewAlphaSelect]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Show windows contents while dragging > On
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\DragFullWindows]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Slide open combo boxes > Off
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\ComboBoxAnimation]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Smooth edges of screen fonts > On
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\FontSmoothing]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Smooth-scroll list boxes > On
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\ListBoxSmoothScrolling]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    
    ; Start > Settings > System > About > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance (Settings) > Visual Effects > Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop > On
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\ListviewShadow]
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
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