How to increase overall performance of Windows Vista

1st – Turn off User Account Control

Disable annoying pop-ups that appear each time you open a program.

  1. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety (or clicking User Accounts, if you are connected to a network domain), and then clicking User Accounts.
  2. Click Turn User Account Control on or off. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Select the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer check box to turn off UAC, or clear the check box to turn off UAC, and then click OK.
2nd – Turn off Windows Indexing.
Vista comes with a new indexing service which improves desktop search. It not only makes search faster, but also adds some nice features. However, as the volume of hard disk increases exponentially, the service has proven to be a resource intensive program causing massive slowdowns when Windows start to index the millions of files in the system.

To speed up my Vista performance, i am going to disable drive indexing so that my C Driver is not wasting valueable disk space and slow down my CPU performance.

  1. Select Start then choose Computer, right click on your C Drive and select properties.
  2. Under the General Tab, uncheck “Index this drive for faster searching”. On the next dialog box, choose “Include subfolders and files”. Do the same for the other Drives.

3rd – Optimize your registry setting

  1. Click the Start button and Search for Regedit and press Enter
  2. Expand (HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel)
  3. Click on Desktop
  4. Look at the right side for MenuShowDelay and double click on it. Set the value to 1 to 20
  5. After that, Expand (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > Current Control Set and CLICK Control)
  6. Look at the right side for WaitToKillServiceTimeout and double click on it. Set the value to 2000 to 10000
  7. Once finished, close the Registry Editor

4th – Remove unnecessary start up programs.

When Vista boots up, many programs execute at the start up either in the background or as pop up Windows. Some of these you do not need. You need to take control and eliminate these memory suckers that are lurking in the background. Open your start menu, go to run, and type in ‘msconfig‘, choose the Startup tab and uncheck any items that you do not want to auto-load and click OK.

5th – Cleaning your Hard Drive to improve System Performance

  1. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking System Tools, and then clicking Disk Cleanup.
  2. In the Disk Cleanup Options dialog box, choose whether you want to clean up your own files only or all of the files on the computer. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. If the Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection dialog box appears, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.
  4. Click the Disk Cleanup tab, and then select the check boxes for the files you want to delete.
  5. When you finish selecting the files you want to delete, click OK, and then click Delete files to confirm the operation. Disk Cleanup proceeds to remove all unnecessary files from your computer.
6th – Defrag your hard disk.
  1. Click your mouse on the “Start” button and then go to “All Programs”.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Accessories file”. This will take you to a list of programs and folders. Scroll down the list until you reach a folder named “System Tools” and click on it with the mouse.
  3. click on the “Disk Defragmenter” icon
  4. Click on the “Defragment Now” tab and wait for the job to finish. This could take from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on when the last time your hard disk was defragmented and how fragmented it is.

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