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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Desktop Composition

Learn how to disable desktop composition in Windows 7.

This policy setting controls how some graphics are rendered and facilitates other features, including Flip, Flip3D, and Taskbar Thumbnails.

If you enable this setting, the desktop compositor visual experience will be turned off.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, desktop composition will be turned on, if the required hardware is in place.

Changing this setting will require a logoff for it to be applied.

Do Not Allow Desktop Composition

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Desktop Window Management in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Do not allow desktop composition in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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