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Updated: August 1, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista

VisualEffects specifies additional display settings.

This setting has no effect on Server Core installations of Windows Server® 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012.



Specifies whether font smoothing is enabled, and which type of font smoothing is enabled.


Specifies the system default Windows background color scheme appearing on first boot, and on LogonUI if no user is selected.


For the list of the supported Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.

The following XML output shows ClearType enabled for font smoothing.


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