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Tips for boosting Vista performance


Windows expert Deb Shinder has been hearing a lot of concerns from users complaining about Vista's hoglike performance issues -- and after she experienced it firsthand, she started looking for the bottlenecks:

Vista Ultimate runs great on my primary desktop computer, a fast Dell XPS with 4 GB of RAM. No noticeable performance problems there. So I expected the same when I bought a new laptop. I loved my little Sony TX model with XP, so I looked to replace it with an almost identical model running Vista Business Edition. It came with 1 GB of RAM (the XP machine has 512 MB), which I thought would be enough. However, I noticed from the beginning that the new computer took minutes to boot up instead of seconds, and running more than a couple of applications at a time slowed things down to an unacceptable level. Running Vista became the "hurry up and wait" experience that I'd heard about from other users.

I bought another 512 MB of RAM for it, maxing out its memory capacity, and got a 4GB USB drive optimized for ReadyBoost. All that helped some, but it was still significantly slower than its XP counterpart.

That's when I went looking for more ways to improve the performance of my laptop....

Her article "Tips for boosting Vista performance" offers a detailed look at some the tweaks she found effective in her quest to speed up various Vista components.

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2 comments
megamanx
megamanx

When I bought my laptop, since they only sold Vista, I noticed it was 1 gig, and went for it to make it 2 gigs. I had it professionally installed, but it seems that it was pretty slow and took a while to load and everything even with the 2 gigs. Now my desktop has Windows XP and it's about 2 - 3 times faster and it comes with 512 Megabytes of memory. Plus, I set the Virtual Memory to the max possible on the Vista, and no speed improvements. Now I normally defrag both the desktop and laptop with the same programs, and the only time the Vista does go faster is when I don't even use the programs at all, lol. Still, it's pretty slow.

shasca
shasca

Can you take it back to the original installer. Make them accountable for your performance issues, you shouldn't have to fight with it.

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