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How can I adjust the Windows XP Themes for more performance or disable it totally?

This is valid for Windows XP Home and Pro. I have observed between 4 MB to 12 MB of RAM used for the new themes.

After that, Disable and Stop the Themes Service.

I also remove the desktop picture. Why? Usually, back in the old days, the desktop picture was a ".bmp" which is very uncompressed. Since I do not like a bit map taking up so much memory (from 1.2 to 3 MB per image) I make them go away. Small tiles or .jpg's are better if you just have to have a desktop and not a blank color.

You can also check out my Windows XP Super Tweaks Page.