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Running Windows Vista? Here is how to speed yourself up!

April 29, 2011

Ok, everyone and their mom complains about Windows Vista.  When it came out, here were the biggest problems with it.

VISTA PROBLEMS WHEN IT CAME OUT

  1. It did not automatically defragment the OS
  2. The system restore points would corrupt, and mess up the data around it
  3. User Account control would make the PC run slow, and it would ask you to confirm every single execution you wanted to do.
  4. The indexing service would be constantly using the hard drive, so file transfer slowed to a crawl. Indexing is basically making searches take less time by constantly reading the hard drive for changes. It’s pretty ridiculous when you are just on a home PC. Maybe for searching long lists of documents for work, but home applications it makes little sense.
  5. Al of your old menus and settings were just thrown around in different places, making less sense and causing you to search more to change advanced settings. They even broke up all the tabs in the menus like “Display Properties” into different categories and strewn them across a screen under “Personalize”. Nonsensical.

VISTA PROBLEMS AS OF NOW

  1. It now automatically defrags (After the release of windows 7 and Vista Service pack 1.) (Most important thing they could have done)
  2. The system restore points are still trouble
  3. User account control is still trouble
  4. The indexing service is much better, but I still recommend you disable it to keep your HDD living longer (less work = longer life)
  5. The menus still suck.

So, with this in mind, here is how you compensate for that junk…

PART ONE -DISABLING USER ACCOUNT CONTROL

  1. Go to your Start Menu
  2. Control Panel
  3. User Accounts and Family Safety
  4. User Accounts
  5. Turn User Account Control on or off.
  6. Turn it off.
  7. Now, at the bottom right of the screen, the PC will yell at you about he security settings. We will put it in it’s place by clicking on the notification icon.
  8. Look to the left of the screen and there will be and option that says “Change the say Security Center alerts me” and click it. Click “Don’t notify me and don’t display the icon (Not recommended)”.

PART TWO – CLEANING YOUR SYSTEM RESTORE FILES

  1. Go to your Start Menu
  2. Right – Click My Computer and select Properties in the drop down menu.
  3. On the top-left, click System Protection
  4. Un-check the C: and any other drives there. Click Apply
  5. Re-check the drives that were checked before and click Apply
  • This process gets rid of your old system restore files, and creates a brand new one. This will clean up anywhere between 2GB and 40GB of space off your hard drive (Depending on how old the PC is)!

PART THREE – DISABLING INDEXING

  1. Go to your Start Menu
  2. Click My Computer
  3. Right-Click the C: – click Properties
  4. Un-check Index this Drive for Faster Searching, then click OK, and Continue (If “Continue” comes up.)
  5. Let it finish the process, if an argument comes up, hit Ignore all

PART FOUR – CLEAN YOUR TEMP INTERNET FILES / STARTUP FILES

  1. Open up Your internet browser, go to http://www.ccleaner.com
  2. Run the file, install it.
  3. Close all browser windows, Click Run Cleaner
  4. After this, go to the Tools menu and select Startup look at all the stuff!
  5. Here is the complicated part, each of these items takes up some RAM, and they are all loaded the PC starts.  Some are important, some arent. Here’s a few off the top of my head to get rid of.

THINGS TO DISABLE (NEVER DELETE THINGS, ONLY DISABLE)

  • Quicktime
  • Realplayer
  • Anything involving a toolbar
  • Anything involving Bing, Yahoo, Aol
  • Digital Line Detect
  • Viewpoint
  • Any “Search Optimizer” like Mywebsearch
  • Vongo
  • Anything for a brand of printer you don’t own anymore (Lexmark, Canon, HP (Unless you own an HP computer)
  • Any “Security Scan” Software like “McAfee Security Scan” or “Norton Security Scan“.
  • Anything about Safari or apple products (besides itunes)
  • Anything with the word “notifier” in it (Except Java updater)

THINGS TO KEEP

  • Wireless Assistants
  • Anything related to your current printer
  • Anything related to your current security software
  • Anything Itunes realted
  • Java updater
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