How to Eliminate Fade Effect in XP Menus

In today’s fast paced world, people don’t want to wait on anything. So it is no wonder then that many Windows XP users find the menu fade effects to be a bit of an annoyance.  The slower the response time, the greater the annoyance becomes.

A simple registry tweak has been created to eliminate the fade effect in Windows XP menus.  This will increase the computer’s response time and decrease user wait time.

This is a simple procedure that anyone can use.  Remember to create a back-up of your registry first.  A back-up can be very handy if you would like to revert to your original registry settings.

1. To start the tweak, click Start (notice the fade effect?) and click Run.

2. Type in regedit and press Enter.  This will bring up the registry.

3. Click on the HKEY_CURRENT_USER key found on the left side.  Expand the folder by clicking on the little cross on the left side.

4. Go to the Control Panel folder. 

5. Find the Desktop folder.  Then look at the right side pane of the box.

6. Locate the UserPreferencesMask value on the right side.

7. Double click on the UserPreferenceMask.  A new box should pop up.

8. Change 3e to 28.

Important:  Do not change the other values.

9. Exit the registry and reboot your computer.