How to Minimize Graphics Use with Terminal Server

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The use of animated graphics can slow the screen refresh rate on a Terminal Server client. Minimize the use of animated graphics within programs and the operating system whenever possible.


WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Administrators can use registry keys to control users' desktops to minimize graphics use. Use the following registry key to eliminate the animation effects used by the Windows 2000 shell:

Value Name: MinAnimate
Data Type: REG_SZ
String: 0 (to disable)
Administrators can use a Terminal Server registry hive to override user settings, such as wallpaper, animation effects, and screen savers. Create a key named UserOverride in the following location:
Then, re-create the user keys and values that you want to override as they appear in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop key.

For example, to override the Windows animation effects for all users, set the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-tcp\UserOverride\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

Value Name: MinAnimate
Data Type: REG_SZ
String: 0


Article ID: 226931 - Last Review: February 27, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
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