See Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Performance Information and Tools
and click Adjust Visual Effects on the left.
Interesting suggestion! I followed it and ticked "Adjust for best appearance"
- that's something I'd never done before. Everything is now turned ON.
Like you, I had most of it turned OFF, to maximise performance. It was one of the first things I did with my new laptop, almost without thinking.
I guess I had not really appreciated the fact that my HP Envy 14 has:
- Intel Core i7-720QM 1.6GHz Quad Core Processor
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD5650 1GB Dedicated Graphics
- and the 64-bit Windows 7 OS...
So it probably has power to spare - so why not squander some of it on better ergonomics?
I must admit to a strong dislike of animations though - they irritate me and slow things down - so I shall probably turn those off after a while.