Remove the Special Effects
Windows XP really changed the way windows looks. Your start button
is now a funky shade of green, the taskbar is a nice shaded blue,
things scroll and jump around. It's all very pretty, but it's all
slowing you down. If you change those items back to the boring gray
colors, things will speed up!
To get started, we need to access the system properties. Click
on [start] and then [control panel]. If you see an icon that says
[system], click on it. If not, then you probably have an icon that
says [performance and maintenance]. Click on it, and then you can
click on [system] on the next page.
After you've clicked on [system], you should see a window like