Configuring the Windows GUI for best performance

One of the recommendations regarding virtualising a Windows Server was to adjust the GUI effects for best performance; now this is a user based configuration and as far as I can see to implement this through a group policy object requires the creation of user registry preference policy.

The registry preference that needs creating is:

Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\

Key: VisualFXSetting; REG_DWORD which equals 0x2 in hexadecimal.

In order to implement this user policy to Windows Server 2003 client you’ll need the group policy preferences client side extensions which can be found here: and here:

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