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Enable Ease of Access > Play animations in Windows with GPO RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have recently noticed that the Ease of Access configuration setting "Play animations in Windows" is disabled on our Windows 10 1607 PC's. When this setting is disabled it prevent users from enabling animated emoticons in the Skype for Business client. I don't know when the change occurred, but it was brought to my attention today.

    Is there GPO that can enable this setting?

    Did a recent windows update disable it by default?

    Are there other GPO that can cause it to be disabled?

    We are in the middle of deploying Windows 10, so it's possible a tweak we made could have caused it to be disabled, but I haven't been able to find anything obvious.

    Friday, December 2, 2016 9:16 PM

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  • Well not disabled on any system  I have checked So guess that is a setting or software causing that.

    Try a clean boot see to check if any third party software is involved. How to perform a clean boot in Windows

    Try a RSOP (resultant set of policies) have a look at what is being applied see if anything stands out. or gpresult /H C:\GPRsult.html to produce a report that can be expanded and searched.

    Saturday, December 3, 2016 9:30 PM
  • Hi,

    I also noticed this registry key could be related to this setting:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\MinAnimate: "1"

    Please also know that I have checked my cleaned Windows 10 1607 with latest updates installed, and the setting is enabled by default.

    Please pay attention to the settings for the registry key or the other user profile settings, like Mr Happy mentioned, check the RSOP and test if Clean boot can find the root cause.


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    Monday, December 5, 2016 5:40 AM
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  • Thank both of you for confirming it hasn't been universally changed. I had checked RSOP, but hadn't identified a single setting that would disable animation. From web searches on the subject, it require requires registry tweaks that we are definitely not applying.

    Kate Li, toggling the regkey you mentioned does not seem to immediately enable/disable the Ease of Access / Turn off all unnecessary animations. I will do further testing when I get to work. But thank you. This is the first place I have found that setting.

    Monday, December 5, 2016 2:19 PM
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    Friday, December 9, 2016 1:55 AM
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  • I just noticed this issue as well.  I had been running Office Professional Plus 2016, but fairly recently switched to Office 365 ProPlus First Release for Current Channel.

    For years I have been disabling animations through Control Panel->System->System Properties->Advanced->Performance Settings...->Visual Effects.  In Windows 10, if I disable these animations, the "Turn off all unnecessary animations" in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Ease of Access Center\Make the computer easier to see checkbox gets checked.  Possibly this occurred in previous versions of Windows, but I never noticed.

    I disable the animations because it makes UI navigation faster.  The Emoticon animations have no effect on the UI speed, so I don't think it makes sense to have the settings linked.

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:53 PM
  • Did anyone find a GPO or registry setting for this option?
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7:53 PM
  • i found this page

    https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/453143-ease-of-access-center-turn-off-all-unnecessary-animations-registry-value?page=1#entry-3056048

    which leads to this page

    https://www.freelists.org/post/thin/Anyone-know-if-their-is-a-GPO-or-registry-key-for-Turn-off-all-unecessary-animations,12

    Toggling 'Play animations in Windows' from off to on while doing a capture with process monitor, both MinAnimate and UserPreferencesMask are referenced

    11:43:34.4580356 SystemSettings.exe 9044 RegSetValue HKU\S-1-5-21-3428264072-2098276650-2872153817-53031\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask SUCCESS Type: REG_BINARY, Length: 8, Data: 02 00 02 80 10 00 00 00

    11:43:34.7338968 SystemSettings.exe 9044 RegSetValue HKU\S-1-5-21-3428264072-2098276650-2872153817-53031\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask SUCCESS Type: REG_BINARY, Length: 8, Data: 06 00 02 80 10 00 00 00

    11:43:34.9871504 SystemSettings.exe 9044 RegSetValue HKU\S-1-5-21-3428264072-2098276650-2872153817-53031\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask SUCCESS Type: REG_BINARY, Length: 8, Data: 0E 00 02 80 10 00 00 00

    11:43:35.2429025 SystemSettings.exe 9044 RegSetValue HKU\S-1-5-21-3428264072-2098276650-2872153817-53031\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask SUCCESS Type: REG_BINARY, Length: 8, Data: 0E 04 02 80 10 00 00 00

    11:43:35.5032839 SystemSettings.exe 9044 RegSetValue HKU\S-1-5-21-3428264072-2098276650-2872153817-53031\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask SUCCESS Type: REG_BINARY, Length: 8, Data: 0E 0C 02 80 10 00 00 00

    11:43:35.7578308 SystemSettings.exe 9044 RegSetValue HKU\S-1-5-21-3428264072-2098276650-2872153817-53031\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\MinAnimate SUCCESS Type: REG_SZ, Length: 4, Data: 1

    11:43:36.0121377 SystemSettings.exe 9044 RegSetValue HKU\S-1-5-21-3428264072-2098276650-2872153817-53031\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask SUCCESS Type: REG_BINARY, Length: 8, Data: 0E 0C 02 80 12 00 00 00

    I have tried setting the below via Policy but no success so far

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
    "MinAnimate"="1"

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    "UserPreferencesMask"=hex:0E,0C,02,80,12,00,00,00
    • Edited by jd-1984 Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:58 AM
    Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:57 AM
  • are you using Citrix? the below has fixed this for me

    https://discussions.citrix.com/topic/398578-skype-animations-in-server-2016-desktop/

    https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX205067?_ga=2.177109548.889058609.1540814225-988442745.1538921082

    The key and value in registry location HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask on the VDA might be overwritten by the wfshell.exe process each time a user logs into the session.

    To prevent this, create the following registry key on the VDA (server side) and set the value to 1:


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Citrix
    Name: EnableVisualEffect
    Type: REG_DWORD
    Value: 1

    Then after the session log on, UserPreferencesMask will not be modified .

    • Proposed as answer by jd-1984 Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:31 AM
    Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:31 AM