Classic Theme Slow Issue in Windows® 7
Do you want to know the various tips to fix the issue of Classic theme going slow in Windows 7?
A theme is a package of sounds, colors and images on our PC. It comprises of desktop background, sound schemes, screen savers, mouse pointers, desktop icons, window border color, etc. Windows Classic theme is one among them. It gives the PC a classic look just like the older versions. Windows 7 can be changed to Classic view just by altering the Start menu or Control Panel. Also, you can use Windows Classic theme, which will cause broader change. The steps involved for changing the Start menu are- Click on 'Start' menu and choose the 'Control Panel' option. Click on 'Appearance and Personalization' and then click on 'Taskbar and Start' menu. Click on the 'Start Menu' tab and choose 'Classic Start' menu and click 'Ok'. The system will change to Classic view. The problem with Windows 7 Classic theme is that it lowers the performance level of the system. The new add-ons of the Windows 7 like Aero Peek, the new thumbnails, etc. will not work properly with the Classic theme.
Discussed below are some points related with Windows 7 Classic theme slow problem:
- Classic theme features
- Problems with Classic theme
- Tips to solve the problem
Classic theme features
Classic theme gives the new Windows 7 operating system a classic look i.e. a look of earlier versions of Windows operating systems. Not only in appearance, but also in performance the system behave like the older versions. The folders will also change to the classic look with no toolbar and navigation pane in each folder windows. It will provide you with more space for displaying the folders because of the absence of above mentioned panes.
Problems with Classic theme
The Classic theme may slow down Windows 7, since it is not hardware accelerated. The theme offers much lesser performance than Aero of Windows Vista. Even after moving back to Windows 7 theme from the Classic theme, some features are still there which create slow down issue. The other problems with Classic theme are that it may not support Live Thumbnails, Aero Peek functionality and the glassy effect of the new Windows 7.
One solution is to add hardware accelerated Classic theme since the problem may have come up due to the theme not being hardware accelerated. Another solution is to change the settings back to normal Windows 7 theme. After restarting, the older theme will take effect. If the user is still experiencing difficulty, you need to follow certain steps. Right-right click on the desktop and choose 'Personalize' from the menu. Click on the 'Window color' icon which is seen at the bottom. Then, click the link showing 'Advanced appearance settings' and then check various options there.
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