10 Simple Ways to Speed up Windows Vista
Kline over at Connected Internet posted an interesting article about 10 simple ways to speed up Windows Vista. I actually tweaked Windows Vista right when I unpacked my notebook which had Windows Vista Home Premium preinstalled, got rid of a lot of useless stuff that I did not need anyway, and also modified a couple of system settings to increase the system's performance further.,
Some of the optimization that I made can be found in Klines articles as well. If you are new to Vista or just would like to read what others are doing to speed up Windows Vista it is definitely worth a read. I would not recommend some of the tips that he is giving but most make sense.
What I really recommend are the tips 2,6,7 and 8. Those are 'Disable Aero', 'Get rid of the sidebar', 'Defender has a use?' and 'Tweak your services'. Why don't you head right over and check it out.
Here are all ten tips:
- Turn off UAC, or at least make it less annoying so that you are not interrupted during work all the time.
- Disable Aero to speed it up by disabling a couple of eye candy features.
- Use Readyboost to speed up your system if you do not have lots of RAM.
- Disable Search indexing, only recommended if you do not use search.
- Fix the rest of the search options
- Get rid of the sidebar if you do not use widgets at all
- Make use of Windows Defender
- Tweak your services. Disable services that are not needed to speed up system start and block unneeded processes from running on the system.
- Tweak your programs
- Personalization options.
You do not really have to apply all tweaks and modifications to speed up the operating system. Some like turning off Aero have a larger impact than turning off UAC though, and others may have an impact besides performance or workflow improvements. While turning off the User Account Control may speed up your workflow, it may also reduce the security of the system at the same time.
It is interesting to note that some of the tweaks can be applied to newer versions of Windows as well. It makes sense to go through the services listing for instance to disable any that you do not need. If you do not use a printer for instance, it does not really make sense to run the printing service on startup.Advertisement