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Windows Vista

Windows Vista comes with an enhanced Graphical User Interface and is packed with innovative features. These features, though helpful, may slow down your PC at a point of time. You can overcome these problems with just a few tweaks. Read on to know how.
  1. Turn off Search Indexing For quick execution of files,             Windows has an index structure known as the Search Index. This index constantly keeps a track of fi  les and their whereabouts so that it can be executed quickly when required by the user. This inbuilt tool in Windows is quite handy but may also reduce the performance especially if you have minimum hardware requirements on your PC to run Vista. To turn off Search index, Double-click the “My Computer” icon on the desktop. Right-click an appropriate drive. Select the “Properties” option from the context menu. Under the “General” Tab, clear the “Index this drive for faster searching” checkbox.
  2. Disable Remote Differential Compression
    Remote Differential Compression measures modifi  cations of fi  les in a network, so that it can be
    transferred with minimal bandwidth rather than transferring an entire fi  le that has previously been
    moved. But due to this constant checking in fi  le modifi  cations, this feature might hamper your system’s performance. To disable this feature, click on “Start | Control Panel”. Double-click “Programs and Features”. Click the “Turn Windows Features on or off”. Clear the “Remote Differential Compression” checkbox and click “OK”.
  3. Turn off Windows Defender
    Windows Defender real-time protection protects your system against the latest malware and other
    threats. But at anytime, if you’re not working in a network environment, you can turn off this feature since it might reduce your system’s performance. To do so, click on “Start|Control Panel”. Double-click the “Windows Defender” icon. Click the “Tools and settings” link. Select “Options”. Clear the “Auto Start” checkbox and click “Save”.
  4. Disable Automatic Disk Defragmentation
    The defragmentor in Windows Vista scans your system for all scattered fi  les on the hard drive and
    rearranges them thus keeping your system healthy. This feature isn’t really necessary and can be disabled. But one should run the Disk Defragmentor at least once a week to maintain a healthy system. To disable automatic disk defragmentation, Click “Start | My Computer”. Right-click an appropriate drive and select the “Properties” option. Select the “Tools” tab . Click the “Defragment now” button. Clear the “Run on a schedule” checkbox” and click “OK”.
  5. Windows Ready boost
    The Ready Boost in Windows is a utility that can use your USB fl  ash drive to provide quick access memory which the operating system can use as extra RAM. The Ready Boost feature can thus signifi  cantly improve your system performance.To set up Ready Boost,  plug in a USB Flash Drive, Double-click “My Computer”. Right-click on the USB Drive from the “My Computer” window. Click the “Ready Boost” tab. Select the “Use this device” checkbox. Select as much space as you can free up for RAM usage against storage.
  6. Turn off System Restore
    Windows System restore is a useful tool that reverts your system to a previous state in case of virus
    attack or system crash. Though this tool is useful, you can disable it to increase system performance especially if you have minimal hardware to run Vista. This can help increase the performance of your system. To do so, open the Control Panel and double-click the “System” icon. Click the “System Protection” link  on the left pane. Clear the checkboxes next to the corresponding drives and click “OK”.
  7. Turn off Windows Hibernation
    The Hibernation service is extremly useful since it saves a lot of power especially if you are using a laptop but at the same time it also uses a lot of Windows resources. If the Hibernation feature is not used by the user frequently, it should be disabled to boost up Windows Vista. To disable the Hibernation service, Run Control Panel and double-click the “Power Options “icon. Click the “Change Plan Settings” checkbox. Click the “Change Advanced Power Settings” link. Expand the “Sleep” option. Expand the “Hibernate After selection” option. Enter ‘0’ in the textbox and click “OK”.
  8. Disable User Access Control (UAC)
    The new Vista feature protects your system from malware by making you manually confi  rm a host of useroperations. Every time an application is executed, the UAC pops up asking the user permission to proceed further. This feature doesn’t directly affect your system’s performance but it can be annoying at some point of time. To disable this feature, click “Start| Control Panel”. Double-click the “User Accounts “ icon. Click the “Turn User Account Control on or off” link. Clear the “User Account Control to help protect your computer” checkbox and click “OK”.
  9. Disable excess Windows Services
    Windows Vista loads several inbuilt features and services during startup which may be not used by mostusers. You can check the list of programs that execute during startup and disable the one’s you don’t require. To do so, Click “Start | Control Panel “. Double-click the “Administrative Tools” icon. Double-click “System Confi  guration”. Click the “Services” tab . Clear the applications you don’t require and click “OK”.
  10. De-activating Vista features
    Windows Vista comes with a variety of features thatcan be enabled or disabled by the administrator. Some of these inbuilt features which are not required by the user may be enabled. These unwanted features use memory unnecessarily and reduce your system performance. To disable these features, click on “Start | Control Panel”. Double-click the “Programs and Features” icon. On the
    left pane, click the “Turn Windows features on or off” link.The “Windows Features” dialog box appears with a list activated as well as of the deactivated features. A selected checkbox next to a feature indicates that the feature is enabled. To disable a particular feature, simply clear the
    checkboxes that you dont require and click “OK”.
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