Friday, June 13, 2008

10 Steps to Reviving Windows Vista

10 Steps to Reviving Windows Vista

Windows Vista seem to be slower than ever? Here are 10 steps to reviving Windows Vista!

Vista, in it's efforts to make things easier and simpler often tends to fall short in other areas. For every plus there is a minus. Automatic tasks for example run on a preset schedule, however they steal valuable resources such as processor time and memory.

Turn off Automatic Disk De-fragmentation
Windows Vista has a disk defragmenter feature that is turned on by default. If you opt to manually defragment your disk once a week, there si no ned for this to be running all the time. To disable it;

- Click Start then Open Computer
- Right Click the C: Drive
- Left Click on Properties
- Select the Tools Tab
- Click Defragment Now
- Uncheck Run on Schedule

Remote Differential Compression
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. Turn this off:

- Open Control Panel
- Switch to Classic View
- Select Program Features
- Select Turn Windows features on and off
- Uncheck Remote Differential Compression

Windows Hibernation
Windows hibernation background services can use a large amount of system resources. It uses approximately 1.5 times your total system ram. Hibernation allows you to quickly restore the system from it’s last powered on state as opposed to cold booting. It saves some time during the boot up process, but also degrades system performance. Disabling hibernation adds time to the boot up process, but saves precious hard drive space and lessens the probability of system degradation over time.

Select the Control Panel then Power Options
Select Change Plan Settings
Click on Change Advanced Power Settings
Expand the Sleep selection
Expand the Hibernate After selection
Move the selector to zero and apply the changes

Turn off System Restore
System restore saves a system snapshot of all your settings and operating system information in case your system ever fails to load. It then can recall the information and reload the computer to the last known working state. System restore should only be disabled by advanced users, and it is a good practice to at least save a few restore points prior to disabling the feature. To disable system restore;

Open Control Panel, then System Icon
Click System Protection on the left panel
Uncheck the main system drive

Disable User Access Control (UAC)
User Access Control is a protection system by which every interaction with the control of the computer requires user intervention. It is a nuisance and is not essential to everyday computer use. To disable UAC;

Click start then Control Panel
Select User Accounts
Select turn user account on or off
Uncheck user account control box
Restart the computer

Disable Auto-Launch services at Start-up
Vista ships with a myriad of services pre-enabled that load at start-up that are seldom used. To see what services and programs are loaded at start-up, and to disable the ones you rarely need: (they can always be restarted manually later)

Select Start then control panel
Select Administrative Tools
Choose system configuration
Click Services Tab

You may safely disable the following:
Offline Files
Tablet PC Input Service
Terminal Services
Windows Search

Disable Excess Windows Features
Windows Vista ships with additional features which are listed separately from the startup usual services.
Clicking Start then Control Panel
Select Program Features
On the left panel, select Turn Windows Features on or off
You can safely deselect:
Indexing Service
Remote Differential Compression
Tablet PC Optional Components
Windows DFS Replication Service
Windows Fax & Scan
Windows Meeting Space

Windows Ready Boost (Additional Memory Cache)
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. However not all USB memory flash drives support readyboost. Check before you buy one. To enable Ready Boost;

Insert USB Flash Device
Click start then My Computer
Right click the USB drive in My Computer
Select the Ready Boost Tab and choose Use this device
Choose as much space as you can free up (RAM Usage vs Storage usage)

Turn off Automatic Windows Defender Operation (for advanced users)
Windows Defender is a real-time protection suite against malware, and spyware. It continues to run despite having Automatic operation disabled. To disable it:
Alternatively, you may opt to try other products such as Windows One Care
To disable Automatic Windows Defender;
Open Control panel
Select Windows Defender
Choose tools from the top menu
Select Options
Uncheck auto-start at the bottom of this window

Turn off Windows Search Indexing (not recommended)
Windows Vista search indexing is a service that runs continually, constantly reviewing files on your system to make their contents available for quick searching. It uses valuable resources, but it also very useful. If you choose to disable it;

Click start then My Computer
Right click on the drive you wish to stop indexing
On the general tab, uncheck index this drive for faster searching
On the subsequent dialog box, select Include subfolders and files