Disable Vista Aero when running an Application

If you want the best performance possible from a certain application (i.e. your favorite game, Photoshop, or Virtual PC) you can set the compatibility mode on that application to automatically disable Vista Aero when ran and automatically re-anable it when closed.  To do this:

  1. Right-click the shortcut used to access the application and select “Properties”
  2. On the Compatibility tab, check the box to “Disable desktop composition” (for even more performance, you may also want to check “Disable visual themes”)
  3. Click OK on the properties window.