Disable: Change the color scheme to improve Performance

A Windows 7 user recently wrote to me saying that he kept seeing a Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance message on his computer and asked me why he kept seeing it, what was the reason and what could he do about it. At times, the scheme was changed automatically and he even received a notification – The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic.

Change the color scheme to improve Performance

Specifically, you will see the following message:

Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?

Windows has detected your computer’s performance is slow. This could be because there are not enough resources to run the Windows Aero color scheme. To improve performance, try changing the color scheme to Windows 7 Basic. Any change you make will be in effect until the next time you log on to Windows

  • Change the color scheme to Windows 7 Basic
  • Keep the current color scheme, but ask me again if my computer continues to perform slowly
  • Keep the current color scheme, and don’t show this message again.

You will typically see this message if your system is running out of resources and to gain resources, it recommends turning off the Aero theme and going to the Basic theme, which requires lesser resources.

The recommended action would be to switch to the Basic theme.

If you see Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance message in Windows 7, ad you wish to disable this message, then this post suggests some solutions you may try and see if it helps you disable the message. We will also see how t deal with the The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic message.

Change the color scheme to improve Performance

1] Open Contol Panel > Action Center > Troubleshooting System Maintenance messages > Change Action Center settings > Disable Windows Troubleshooting messages.

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If you do this, you will not see this message, but you will also miss out other Windows Troubleshooting messages, which your computer may want to bring to your notice.

2]  Try this. Open Control Panel > Advanced System Settings > System Properties > Advanced tab > Performance > Settings. Select Adjust for best performance and click Apply. See if this helps you.

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3] If you have system resources  and video memory, but still see this message when using some applications or games in full-screen mode, then try the following. Right click the Program icon > Properties > Compatibility tab > Disable desktop composition.

The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic

You can disable Desktop Composition for every process this way, whenever you experience this problem. Doing this, will disable the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service during the execution of this application, and will help free up system resources. Disabling the Desktop Composition globally via Control Panel > performance Options is not recommended. See if this helps you.

Read: Does disabling Aero really improve performance in Windows 7?

4] If you wish to use the Registry Editor, do as follows, after you have opened regedit. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

Create a new DWORD named UseMachineCheck, and give it a value 0. If it does not exist, create it.

The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic

The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic

At times, you may directly receive a notification in the system tray that:

The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic. The current color scheme has exceeded its allowed memory so the color scheme has been automatically changed to improve performance.

The possible reasons for this happening could be:

  1. Your laptop switched to Battery Power
  2. Your computer is be low on memory
  3. A program you are presently running may be incompatible with Aero
  4. The hardware configuration or screen resolution of your computer may have changed.

In this case, you can run the built-in Aero Troubleshooter to restart the Desktop Windows Manager or you can open an elevated command prompt window and execute the following commands:

net stop uxsms
net start uxsms

This will restart the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager.

Make sure you have created a system restore point first, before you make any changes to your Windows system, and let us know if any of these suggestions helped you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.