How to preset Visual Effects settings in TD? These settings you can get to from Control Panel-->System-->Advanced-->Settings (Performance)-->Visual Effects.
The Visual Effects settings are mapped to the following registry value:
That flag should be set to 2 to optimize the system for best performance. Value 1 is for best appearance.
The same value could be set under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch to affect all user accounts (global policy). Or under HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT branch to effect the default user accounts as well as all other user accounts since on XPe they all use Default User settings for defaults during FBA.
No component in TD brings in that registry value by default. It is probably getting [re]set during FBA.