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Increase Windows Vista Speed / Performance

Although Microsoft Windows Vista is well known for its cool Aero transparency, Flip 3D and other cool graphical features but at the same time these features can slow down your PC as they require more RAM and processor power. Here is a list of ten tweaks that you can apply on Windows Vista to boost your Vista speed. Disabling useless services in Vista can save considerable amount of your system resources. If you are not satisfied with the speed / performance of Windows Vista then you must try these tweaks before you may switch back to older versions of Windows.

Windows Vista

Tweaks To Increase Windows Vista Speed

  1. Turn off Windows Search Indexing

  2. Windows Vista search indexing is constantly reviewing files on your system to make their contents available for quick searching. This is handy, but can severely impact system performance.
    To disable constant indexing:

    • Click Start then Computer
    • Right Click the C: Drive
    • On General Tab, Uncheck Index this drive for faster searching
    • On the subsequent dialog box, Select Include subfolders and files
  3. Turn off Remote Differential Compression

  4. Remote Differential Compression measures the changes in files over a network to transfer them with minimal bandwidth rather than transferring an entire file that has previously been moved. By constantly checking for file changes, this service can hinder system performance.
    To disable this service:

    • Open Control Panel
    • Switch to Classic View
    • Select Program Features
    • Choose Turn Windows features on and off
    • Scroll down and uncheck Remote Differential Compression
  5. Turn off Automatic Windows Defender Operation

  6. Windows Defender real-time protection against malware continues to run despite having Automatic operation disabled.
    To disable this feature:

    • Open Control Panel
    • Select Windows Defender
    • Choose Tools from the top menu
    • Select Options
    • Uncheck Auto Start at the bottom of the window
  7. Turn off Automatic Disk Defragmentation

  8. Windows Vista and its always-on defragment feature isn’t really that necessary and can cause system slow down. Just remember to run a defrag manually every week or so.
    To disable this:

    • Click Start then Computer
    • Right Click the C: Drive
    • Click on Properties
    • Select the Tools Tab
    • Click on Defragment Now
    • Uncheck Run on a schedule
  9. Add a 2GB or higher USB Flash drive to take advantage of Windows Ready Boost (Additional Memory Cache)

  10. Ready Boost is Microsoft’s name for using a USB thumb/flash drive to provide some quick access memory the operating system can use as extra RAM. The Ready Boost system can significantly improve system performance.
    To set this up:

    • Insert a USB Flash Drive
    • Click Start then Computer
    • Right Click the USB Drive in My Computer
    • Select the Ready Boost Tab
    • Choose Use this device
    • Select as much space as you can free up for RAM usage vs. Storage
  11. Turn off Windows Hibernation

  12. Windows hibernation background services can use a large amount of system resources. If you don’t use the Hibernate feature on a regular basis you may want to disable it to give Vista a performance boost.
    To disable Hibernation:

    • Select the Control Panel then Power Options
    • Click Change Plan Settings
    • Click on Change Advanced Power Settings
    • Expand the Sleep selection
    • Expand the Hibernate After selection
    • Crank the selector down to zero
    • Click Apply
  13. Turn off System Restore

  14. Analysis and restore point creation by Windows Vista can eat a fair amount of system resources. Disabling this service will obviously mean the system restore feature in Vista will not be available in the event of a system crash. Change this at your own risk.
    To disable this service:

    • Control Panel > System
    • Click System Protection on the left panel
    • Uncheck the main system drive
    • Agree to the confirmation
  15. Disable User Access Control (UAC)

  16. This much-loathed new Vista feature attempts to protect your system from malware infection by making you manually confirm a whole host of everyday user operations. While it doesn’t directly impact performance, it can be annoying and might be more hassle than good.
    To disable User Access Control:

    • Click Start then Control Panel
    • Select User Accounts
    • Select Turn User Account Control on or off
    • Uncheck User Account Control Box
    • Restart as recommended
  17. Disable excess Windows Services that Auto-Launch at Startup

  18. Just like Windows XP, Vista ships with all kinds of services enabled that load at startup and may never be used by most users.
    To see what loads at startup and disable the ones you likely won’t be needing (they can always be started manually later):

    • Click Start then Control Panel
    • Select Administrative Tools
    • Choose System Configuration
    • Click the Services Tab
    • You can safely deselect:
      1. Offline Files (unless you’re using Offline File Sync)
      2. Tablet PC Input Service (unless you have a tablet PC)
      3. Terminal Services
      4. Windows Search (If you have already disabled indexing)
      5. Fax (unless you’re using a fax modem)
  19. Disable Excess Windows Features

  20. Windows ships with other features that are listed separately in the Vista operating system from the startup services.
    You can view and disable these features by:

    • Clicking Start then Control Panel
    • Select Program Features
    • On the left panel, select Turn Windows Features on or off
    • You can safely deselect:
      1. Indexing Service
      2. Remote Differential Compression
      3. Tablet PC Optional Components
      4. Windows DFS Replication Service
      5. Windows Fax & Scan (unless you use a modem for faxing)
      6. Windows Meeting Space (unless you use the Live Meeting Service)

If you have got any other tweak to increase the speed of Windows Vista, please do share it with others in comments.

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    skynet11 years, 1 month ago

    Very simple way to boost your computer: remove vista and install windows 7… a huge jump in speed!

    Peter Black11 years, 9 months ago

    Hi, you can speed up your computer by the following ways: a antivirus software to scan your computer fully.
    virus usually impacts the speed of computer.
    If there is no virus, see the possible reasons that make computers slow down and solutions.
    2.Registry is the centre database of your computer operating system which contains information and settings for hardware, operating system software, most non-operating system software, and per-user settings. You must load the registry whenever you launch any programs on your computer. If the registry is too fat or with some errors, computer’s performance will seriously be impacted. So, you need to clean up registry and fix its errors.
    If you are not familiar with registry, don’t remove files away from it and clean up it easily for you may delete important things that will make your computer in trouble. You’d better choose to use a professional registry cleaner.
    3.There must be too many programs start up automatically when you start your computer.Run a registry defrag or cleaner to stop those unnecessary start-up programs.
    4.Have you ever clean up your computer since you bought it? If the answer is never, I am sure that there are lots of junk files on it. Junk files is also one of reasons that will cause computer slowing down. You’d better delete them regularly.
    2,3,4 can be realized by a registry optimizer.
    5.If a registry optimizer doesn’t work, add RAM or do a fresh reinstall of windows. Before you do a reinstall, please remember to back up.However, you should know that frequent reinstall is harm to hard disk.
    6.Put programs on other drivers ,not C driver, because commonly C is for operating system. And defrag hard disks every 2 months.
    7. do not run too many programs at one time
    Good luck.

      Administrator10 years, 6 months ago

      I am an Network Administrator and we have a lab for CIT students to use. This lab is setup in a PXE boot environment. Basically it just lets you reinstall operating systems faster. Anyways each of the hard drives in the 30 computers in the lab have easily had either Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or SUES Linux installed on them at least 2000 times and all of these computers are still working flawlessly.

      My point, don’t ever think you should not frequently reinstall your operating system because you are worried about damaging your hard drive. Actually it is the only guaranteed way to make sure you have removed all viruses from a computer.