Gpo to adjust for best performance on all XP SP3 Client


  • Hello everybody,

    First, i wish you a happy new year .

    So we have 1000 Xp SP3 Client and we woud like to set the option "Adjust for best performance" on System Properties on all clients.

    Is anyone have an idea if is it possible to do that with GPO or is it necessary to modify registry ?

    We have Windows 2003 R2 server Domain Controller.

    Thanks a lot,




    Thursday, January 06, 2011 7:47 AM

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  • as far as I know, no GPO exists for this.

    But the setting is stored in registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\VisualFXSetting
    0 = Let Windows choose what's best for my computer.
    1 = Adjust for best appearance.
    2 = Adjust for best performance


    You coudl create a custom .reg file with this setting and deploy it to the clients in your preferred way (also possible with GPO!)

    Thursday, January 06, 2011 2:35 PM
  • That reg setting is only for the GUI radial marker.  It doesn't actually apply any changes :-(

    I found more settings, which I've listed here:


    But it still doesn't apply the changes :'(

    Friday, January 21, 2011 9:53 AM
  • Have just spent most of my morning trying to crack this. 

    Download this -

    It works flawlessly every time. Have tested on XP, Windows 7 & Windows 8 machines.

    The original compiled code can be found here -

    I grabbed AutoIt, and pasted the code in, making sure to change the following below, to provide an additional, separate script for 'Adjust for best appearance'.

    ;click on "Adjust for best performance"

    So glad I came across this, thought it might make a few more people happy.

    • Proposed as answer by MR JH Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:57 AM
    • Edited by MR JH Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:23 PM edit
    • Unproposed as answer by arnavsharmaMVP, Moderator Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:06 PM
    Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:57 AM