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How much of a difference would I see performance-wise by switching from a custom theme (Radium Vista Pack, or even standard XP) to the classic windows theme? If you set the My Computer section to "Best Performance" it defaults to the Windows 98 theme. Is this really that much faster than using the XP theme? And does using a custom theme, like the Radium Vista Pack, slow your computer's boot or minimizing time at all? I mean even milliseconds. I'm trying to get this computer as fast as I can. Super fast booting, extremely minimalist desktop (only an ObjectDock with only 5 icons, no Recycle Bin, even) everything to make the Windows environment as fast as possible.

So, will 98 really be faster than XP, assuming I turn off all of the shadows and animations for both?

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The old theme will be faster because you won't have to load everything. For example, if you disabled everything, you would get a slightly faster performance. There is a guide somewhere by someone [lol] that tells you to disable some things without noticing a big change in appearance. Adjust it to your own preference. Using skins will slow down pc but not by a lot depending on your rig. Let's say if you used an older P4 system, you will see a noticeable gain as in how much faster things load. If you're on a faster system C2D for instance or another fast CPU, it wouldn't be that noticeable since it's faster anyway.
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OK, thanks for all the specificity (big word, w00t)
    
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Classic Theme is teh 1337theme.
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Is 37 seconds a good time from pushing the power button to log-in screen?
    
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That kinda depends on hardware, cause I know for certain my RAID card adds 4 seconds to boot up with it's own bios screen. =P
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Originally Posted by dannyyboii
The old theme will be faster because you won't have to load everything. For example, if you disabled everything, you would get a slightly faster performance. There is a guide somewhere by someone [lol] that tells you to disable some things without noticing a big change in appearance. Adjust it to your own preference. Using skins will slow down pc but not by a lot depending on your rig. Let's say if you used an older P4 system, you will see a noticeable gain as in how much faster things load. If you're on a faster system C2D for instance or another fast CPU, it wouldn't be that noticeable since it's faster anyway.
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I hate the XP theme, and I am a die-hard classic user. On vista RC2 I'm using it, because Aero sucks (because it renders it even when a game is running.) and I don't like all the see-throughness of it.
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