Making Vista fly

I've read several posts over the last few weeks about people being disappointed with Vista performance. I've always been one of the type of people who tweaks and tweaks their system for ultimate performance. I'm continually looking to optimise and edit to make things run lightning fast and whilst I appreciate most people (everyone) doesn't want to do this and you shouldn't have to do this, I'd like to pass on some tips to ensure you're getting the best out of your OS.

  1. Remove the so called crapware - if your system tray looks like a Christmas tree when you boot up it's a good sign that you're probably running a lot of unnecessary programs at startup. Dell has recently released a line of PC's known as the Vostro with all evaluation and trialware removed (at the request of their customers) and I suspect they run rather better than those with all of that software. Go to Control Panel and click Uninstall a Program. Check down that list and prune for the things you really need rather than everything. See also How to zap the crap on a new Windows PC
  2. Run msconfig from the start menu and see what is in the Startup group. My guess is stuff like QuickTime, Acrobat and a host of other useful programs but they don't necessarily need to be there as soon as you bootup. Note that when you install an updated version of iTunes, QuickTime or other programs they install themselves back in there so it's good to keep an eye on it over time.

That's actually it from me - there are lots more tips and tricks at places like but these two things should noticeably improve performance.


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Comments (5)

  1. Michael Todd says:

    And speaking of Acrobat and iTunes, an application tweak that’s useful (if you are running Outlook 2007) is to turn off both of the Add-Ins that Adobe and Apple install there. From the Outlook main menu click Tools, then Trust Center, then click Add-Ins on the left. Near the bottom of the dialog click the ‘Go…’ button and uncheck anything related to iTunes or Acrobat and click OK. That reduces a lot of disk-thrashing and time spent waiting for your system to ‘settle’ after boot.

  2. Though, it might not be recommended for everyone. I find that using msconfig to turn off UAC really helps speed things up.  I notice it in cases like installing a program via an msi.  It feels like there is a 1-2 sec pause while it is trying to preform an action as a limited user before it brings up the UAC dialog to switch to an administrator.  When UAC is off, it feels like that pause isn’t there anymore, though it could be all in my head.  

  3. stevecla01 says:

    Nice find Michael – hadn’t seen that one!

  4. Nanny says:

    Windows vista working fine

    We have bought 2 laptops for office with the operation system. Each laptop hase   2 GB RAM. All  working fine.

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