Is there a way to turn off the "Play animations in Windows" setting via command line (batch/vbs/reg commands, etc.)? Normally, you have to navigate to PC Settings > Ease of Access > Other Options and the setting is at the top, under Visual options; you have to slide the setting to Off.

I need to implement the disabling of this feature in a script. I have already tried setting the VisualFxSetting registry parameter to 2 (see this SO thread) and it seems to turn off all the other stuff, but not this one setting. You can test whether or not it is enabled by maximizing/minimizing a window.

Thanks for any pointers.


Not sure how to change the toggle, but this will turn the animations off. Restart or re-login after running as Admin.

REG ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics" /v MinAnimate /t REG_SZ /d 0 /f >nul 2>&1
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  • that did it - exactly what I was after. THANKS! Yeah, it didn't change the PC Settings toggle button (which might confuse a user), but I don't care - does what I want. – atreyu May 25 '16 at 13:39

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