If you've committed to Windows Vista, you know that the recommended minimum of 1 GB of RAM is truly a minimum. Short of adding more RAM, there are a few things you can do to help a sluggish system run faster. In this video, I show you several ways to find and evaluate startup programs that you might want to shut down in order to get better performance from Vista.
For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Greg Shultz's article, "Increase Vista performance by trimming startup programs," on which this video is based.
For some suggestions on which Vista startup programs and services can safely be disabled, check out the TechRepublic Download, "Tweak Windows Vista Services the right way."
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.