Annoyed with the performance of your Windows Vista? With MS Windows Vista, you can take great advantage of the functionalities and features that this operating system offers. However, when it comes to hardware resources utilization of this OS, some considerations and tweaks will have to be made to enhance system performance and optimize the benefits that you can get with Vista.
Upgrade Hardware Resources
• It is recommended to have additional RAM to match hardware requirements of your Vista, particularly with older computer processors. Upgrading your memory will eventually improve the performance and speed of your Vista.
• If upgrading the memory does not suffice and yields nearly the same result, you may opt to purchase a better hard disk with 8MB, 16MB, or higher cache for optimum performance.
Clean your Registry
• Windows Registry refers to the hierarchical database responsible for storing the configuration settings and options of MS Windows Operating Systems; it also serves as a way to access counters for profiling the performance of the system.
• More often than not, the Registry is the most deserted component of Windows; when in fact, it is the best means to speed-up Windows Vista. You speed-up and improve performance of Vista by ensuring that the Registry itself is free from all null and void entries that force Windows to perform needless tasks.
• Cleaning the registry greatly contributes to improving system performance and helps you get rid of Windows Errors that pop-up during start-up or boot-up.
Perform Defragmentation Regularly
• Defragmentation refers to the process of effectively fixing and reversing the problem of disk fragmentation; and thus, optimizing system performance, computer speed and lifespan. This process is done by organizing your files and folders next to each other for easy retrieval and cleaning-up the hard drive for temporary files.
• A Defragmentation tool is equally important as any Anti-virus software. Do defragmentation regularly most especially if your computer is frequently used to perform multi-tasking jobs that typically create multiple temporary files such as in scanning software.
• Most technical people suggest the use of a free third party tool which proved to be more efficient compared to other ways of defragmenting to speed-up performance – Defraggler. You may also search the net for other free Defragmentation Tools.
Get rid of unnecessary Start-up or Boot-up Programs
• When MS Vista starts up, a lot of programs are being executed either as Pop-up Windows or in the Background; some of these programs are not actually needed but tax your system memory resources and skulk in the background.
• The best way to remove these programs is to manage your programs and eliminate these memory suckers. To do this, open Start menu, point to Run then type-in 'msconfig' and select Startup tab. Uncheck the items that you do not want to auto-load upon start-up then click OK.
Turn-off needless Windows features
• Windows Vista by default is integrated with lots of features typically activated based on postulations that may be applicable or may not be applicable. Eventually, the system is enforced to execute unnecessary programs that run underground processes. Thus, it would be very helpful to deactivate these needless programs to boost your Windows Vista.
• To check the list of Windows features and Activate/Deactivate them, go to Control Panel, change to ‘Classic View’ then ‘Program Features’ then ‘Turn Windows Features On and Off’. These are some of the features that may be deactivated: Differential Compression, Windows Meeting Space, Tablet PC optional components, etc.
Turn-off Windows Indexing Service
• Windows Indexing service is purposely designed as a means to speed-up Vista by reducing the files’ search time. Due to the relatively vast increase in the hard disk’s volume when Windows indexed the millions of files in the system, the service has turned out to be taxing system resources causing substantial slowdowns.
• To turn-off this service, choose Start button then My Computer then right click on your C Drive then go to Properties, then General tab and then uncheck ‘Index this drive for faster searching’. On the next dialog box, select ‘Include subfolders and files’ and follow the same procedures for the rest of the drives.
Search the internet for other methods to speed-up computer and enhance system performance and you may utilize recommended free tools to optimize system performance; and thus, enjoy the features and functionalities offered by MS Windows Vista.