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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 3: Fine-Tuning Windows Vista’s Appearance and Performance
4. Click Advanced Settings.
5. On the Adapter tab, click Properties.
6. In the Driver tab, click Update Driver. This starts the Update Driver Software
Wizard.
7. Click “Browse my computer for driver software.”
8. Click Browse to select a search location. Use the Browse for Folder dialog box to
select the start folder for the search, and then click OK. Because Windows Vista
searches all subfolders of the selected folder automatically, you can select the
drive root path, such as C, to search an entire drive.
9. Click Next. Click Close when the driver installation is completed.
Optimizing Performance
In addition to the previously discussed features, you can fine-tune your computer’s
performance by setting these performance options:
Visual effects
Application performance
Virtual memory
Memory protection
ReadyBoost
The sections that follow discuss each performance option in turn.
Fine-Tuning Visual Effects
The Windows Vista interface has many graphical enhancements including visual
effects for menus, toolbars, windows, and the taskbar. Because displaying these
visual effects can require substantial system resources, Windows Vista lets you opti-
mize the way visual effects are used. You can optimize for appearance or for perfor-
mance. You can also customize the settings or let Windows Vista choose the best
configuration.
The visual effects available are:
Animate controls and elements inside windows
Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
Enable desktop composition
Enable transparent glass
Fade or slide menus into view
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Fade or slide ToolTips into view
Fade out menu items after clicking
Show preview and filters in folder
Show shadows under menus
Show shadows under mouse pointer
Show thumbnails instead of icons
Show translucent selection rectangle
Show window contents while dragging
Slide open combo boxes
Slide taskbar buttons
Smooth edges of screen fonts
Smooth-scroll list boxes
Use a background image for each folder type
Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop
Use visual styles on windows and buttons
You can configure Windows performance by completing the following steps:
1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click the System and Maintenance category heading link.
3. Click Performance Information and Tools.
4. Under Tasks, click “Adjust visual effects.” This opens the Performance Options
dialog box shown in Figure 3-20.
5. On the Visual Effects tab, you have the following options for controlling visual
effects:
Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer
Enables the operating system to choose the performance options based on
the hardware configuration. For a newer computer, this option will proba-
bly be identical to the “Adjust for best appearance” option because of its
hardware and performance capabilities.
Adjust for best appearance
Enables all visual effects for all graphical interfaces.
Adjust for best performance
Disables all visual effects.
Custom
Allows you to enable or disable the visual effects options individually.
6. Click OK to apply your settings.

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