15 Tips To Speed Up Windows Vista

Here are a few tips to make Windows Vista faster:

1. Disable welcome center:

You get to see the welcome center as soon as you start Vista. The welcome center is mainly for new users. You can disable this feature from starting when you start windows by following the below steps:

1. Go to start and in the search bar enter Run and hit enter.
2. Type “Regedit” and hit enter.
3. Navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software >Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion >Run.
4. Right click on the WindowsWelcomeCenter key and select Delete.

2.Speeding up start menu search:

When you enter anything in the search box in the start panel Windows automatically searches the file index as well. The file index includes all of the search able files on your hard drive and can be quite large. You can speed up the search so that it does not include hard drive files by doing the following:

1. Go to start and in the search bar enter Run and hit enter.
2. Type “Regedit” and hit enter.
3. Navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Explorer > Advanced.
4. Find and right click on Start_SearchFiles and select Modify.
5. Set the Value to 0.
6. Restart the Explorer.exe process or just reboot your computer.

Another way to speed up search:

1. Right click on the start button and select Properties.
2. Click on the Customize button.
3. Remove the check from Search Communications.
4. Set Search Files to Don’t search for files.
5. Click OK.
6. Click OK once more.

3.Turning off Automatic Windows Defender Operation:

Windows Defender real-time protection against malware continues to run despite having Automatic operation disabled. To disable this feature do the following:

1. Go to Control Panel and select Windows Defender
2. Go to Tools > Options
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Uncheck Auto Start at the bottom of the window

4. Turning off Automatic Disk Defragmentation:

The automatic disk defragmentation feature of Vista makes it a slow; instead you can disable this function and run the disk defrag once a week. For disabling this you need to do the following:

1. Go to Start> Computer
2. Right Click on C: Drive and click on Properties
3. Select the Tools Tab and click on Defragment Now
4. Uncheck Run on a schedule

5. Ready boost:

With Vistas ready boost feature you can use a flash drive and increase your system performance. The drive acts as an extra RAM. To use this feature you need at least a 2GB USB drive. Follow the below steps to use this feature:

1.First connect the USB Flash Drive to your pc
2. Then go to Start> Computer
3. Right Click the USB Drive in My Computer and select the Ready Boost Tab
4. Choose Use this device
5. Select as much space as you can free up for RAM usage vs. Storage

6.Disable UAC (User Access Control):

UAC is a bit irritating and annoying as Vista asks every now and then your permission as you click anything. You can disable this feature by following the below steps:

1. First go to Start> Control Panel
2. Select User Accounts> Select Turn User Account Control on or off
3. Now Uncheck User Account Control Box
4. It will take into effect once you restart your pc.

7. Turn off unwanted features:

There are many features in Vista which are not really required. These features might slow your pc. You can disable such features by doing the following:

1. First go to Start > Control Panel.
2. Under Programs click Uninstall a program.
3. On the side menu, click on Turn Windows features on or off.
4. Scroll through the list as shown below and remove the check from any feature you do not want installed.
5. Click OK once you are done. The features will now be uninstalled.

8. Disable transparency of windows:

Vistas transparency of windows is really awesome but it might not be great for users who don’t have great pcs as it slows down the performance. You can disable the transparency in windows by following the below steps:

1. Right click on the desktop and select Personalize.
2. Select Windows Color and Appearance.
3. Uncheck Enable Transparency.

9. Disabling min/max animations in windows:

You might just love the minimizing and maximizing effect in Vista. But after a few days of use you may get irritated as it will increase the minimizing and maximizing time of windows. To disable this function you can do the following:

1. First click on the Start Menu enter SystemPropertiesPerformance in the search bar and hit Enter.
2. On the Visual Effects tab uncheck Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing.
3. Click OK.

10. Disabling the Network Printer Search:

When you browse through shared folders and network computers Vista slows down a bit when it searches the local network for printers. You can disable this feature by doing the following:

1. Go to the menu bar and select Tools>Folder Options. If you aren’t able to see the menu bar then press Alt.
2. Now on the View Tab, uncheck Automatically search for network printers.

11. Disable unwanted Windows Services that Auto-Launch at Startup:

1. Go to Start> Control Panel
2. Select Administrative Tools> System Configuration

Now click on the Services Tab and deselect the following:

1. Offline Files (unless you’re using Offline File Sync)
2. Tablet PC Input Service (unless you have a tablet PC)
3. Terminal Services
4. Windows Search (If you have already disabled indexing)
5. Fax (unless you’re using a fax modem)

12. Disabling unwanted applications that run when the computer boots:

There are certain applications which run when the computer boots like your antivirus programs, messengers, etc. You can disable unwanted applications from starting when the computer boots by doing the following:

1. Go to Start> Control Panel
2. Select Administrative Tools> System Configuration> Startup
Now you can uncheck the applications which you don’t like to start when you start your pc.

13. Turning off Windows Hibernation:

Windows hibernation might use a large amount of system resources. If you don’t really use this feature then you can disable hibernation by doing the following:

1. Go to start> Control Panel> Power Options
2. Now click Change Plan Settings
3. Click on Change Advanced Power Settings
4. Expand the Sleep selection
5. Expand the Hibernate After selection and enter zero on the box.
6. Click Apply

14. Speeding up external hard drives:

Write caching is disabled in external drives as it allows you to connect and disconnect any external drive frequently, but in case if you have a drive which is hardly disconnected then this feature might just decrease your performance. You can enable this feature if you are not disconnecting your external drive frequently by doing the following:

1. Go to Start, then right click on Computer and select Manage.
2. Click on Device Manager on the side menu.
3. Expand Disk drives and locate your external drive from the list.
4. Right click on the drive and select Properties.
5. On the Policies tab, select Optimize for performance.
6. Next, check Enable write caching on the disk and Enable advanced performance.
7. Select OK and restart your pc.

15. Enhancing your SATA disk performance:

You can improve the performance of your hard disk by enhancing write caching. But in case you have frequent power cuts and no battery then I strongly recommend you not to do this as there is an increased risk for data loss or corruption. You can enhance your writing cache by doing the following:

1. Go to Start and in the search bar type Device Manager and hit Enter.
2. Expand Disk Drives.
3. Right click on your hard drive and select Properties.
4. On the Policies tab, check Enable advanced performance.
5. Hit OK and close Device Manager.



11 comments for “15 Tips To Speed Up Windows Vista”

  • http://www.microsoft.com XP

    The best way is to uninstall Vista, and got back to XP

  • http://www.thinktechno.com Pranjal

    Thanks for the tip… it works pretty fast now after the tricks. Thanks man..

  • http://linksfilms.co.in Bollywood -Hollywood

    i was about to say what first guy said
    unistall Vista nd go to XP

    anyways good tips

    hey man why r u having TLA ??
    u r PR can suffer badly :(

  • matt

    the welcome center has a little check box at the bottom you deselect to not have it turn on, you dont need to be in the registry.

    make disk defragmenter run during the night, disabling it is only going to make your computer slower

  • zar

    that check box doesnt like to listen to you alot of the time. I unmark it everytime i log into my user name but it is persistent 😛

  • http://www.hategetsmeoff.com/ brian

    I’m with the other guys. #1 should be to uninstall Vista. :)

  • http://poetry.isgreat.org Reynard

    I am not sure how uninstalling Vista will speed up Vista. It will speed up your experience, not Vista. No point in telling one to uninstall OS which he has, IMO – after all, sooner or later we’ll all have to say good-bye to XP.

    Good tips, some better known, some not.

    And as for the welcome center – there’s a checkbox on it not to run in startup, so there is no need to mess with registry to disable it.

  • jon

    just so u guys know vista was built to run with uac enabled, disabling it will only slow your computer down

    if you don’t believe me Google it several tech guys and computer engineers agree.

  • http://www.bizztech.com Rahul Deshmukh

    good tips

  • kdswartz777

    I went through these steps and restarted my computer and now I can’t get into my sysconfig. it gives a message that I do not have privileges to run System Configuration.

  • http://www.bizzntech.com Joel

    Did you run it as administrator?

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