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Visual effects in Windows 10/11 are not kept after a logoff and logon


Martin Elsigan

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Dear Citrix Dev-Team

 

Below text leans on the following articles:

https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX217373/visual-effects-in-windows-10-vdis-are-not-kept-after-a-logoff-and-logon

https://superuser.com/questions/1416189/citrix-receiver-specifically-concentr-exe-disables-visual-effects

 

I run Citrix Receiver (now bundled in Workspaces) on my personal Windows 10 & 11 desktop. I have found that it automatically disables Visual Effects, specifically "Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing". Further research points to "concentr.exe" as the culprit

 

What I have noticed in trying to fix this issue:

 

  • Performance Options already has "Adjust for best appearance" checked (with all the effects checked off as well including "Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing") but the windows are not animating
  • Cycling once between "Adjust for best performance" and back to "Adjust for best appearance" fixes the issue (but the issue reappears on reboot)
  • In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects the VisualFXSetting is already set to "1". Cycling between "1" and "2" and back to "1" does NOT fix the issue (the cycling has to happen in the Performance Options dialog box for the issue to be resolved)

 

Why is this the case? I don't want any applications to change visual effects on my device, and also the registry-hacks don't even work consistently. Please fix this in one of the following releases.

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