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    Default 9 steps to speed up windows vista

    Even after the release of windows 7 there might be a few that still use vista. This is for them

    1) Turn off unwanted animations. To do this click start menu. In the search box type “sysdm.cpl”( without quotes) and click continue when prompted by UAC. Click the advanced tab and under performance click settings. In the visual effects tab uncheck the options that are unnecessary.

    2) Set unnecessary services to manual. But you should be careful when disabling them because sometimes disabling an important service can cause problems. Look here for more info. Disable superfetch if you dont have more than 2 gb of Ram

    3) Reduce the start up items. For that click start menu and type “cmd”( without quotes). Say the user account dialogue box to continue. Select the startup tab and deselect the programs that you dont want to start with windows.

    4) Do disk cleanup and defragmentation periodically.

    5) Turn off the sidebar and welcome center. Right click the sidebar and select properties. Uncheck start sidebar when windows starts. While the Welcome Center is mildly interesting the first time you see it, you will quickly tire of it appearing every time you boot your Vista PC. This behavior is easily changed by unchecking the Run a Startup button located at the bottom of the Welcome Center



    6) Use readyboost to increase the performance of your system.

    7) For some strange reasons you cannot add Internet Explorer to your desktop the easy way throught desktop items. But you can add it by modifying a registry value. Before editing the Windows Registry it is always advisable to make a backup of the Registry file.

    Click the Start button
    Open the Run dialog box (or type regedit in to the search box on the Start Menu)
    Type in regedit and press Enter
    Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
    Create a new DWORD 32-bit by right clicking in the key area
    Copy this as the key name including the brackets:
    {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
    Close regedit
    Right click on the Desktop and click the Refresh menu entry — Internet Explorer should now appear.

    8) The default behavior in vista start menu is sleep. But you can change it to shutdown. Open control panel and select system and maintenance and click change power plan under appropriate settings. In the next screen select change advanced power settings.

    In the advanced setting’s tab collapse power buttons and lid and then start menu power button change the settings from sleep to shutdown.

    9) If you want to restart your computer quickly for some reasons press control + alt + delete. In the new screen you will see a red shutdown button in the bottom right corner. Simply click it by pressing and holding control. Then a screen will appear asking you to confirm. Just click yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nithinr6 View Post
    Even after the release of windows 7 there might be a few that still use vista. This is for them

    1) Turn off unwanted animations. To do this click start menu. In the search box type “sysdm.cpl”( without quotes) and click continue when prompted by UAC. Click the advanced tab and under performance click settings. In the visual effects tab uncheck the options that are unnecessary.

    2) Disable unnecessary services. But you should be careful when disabling them because sometimes disabling an important service can cause problems. Look here for more info Page Not Found superfetch if you dont have more than 2 gb of Ram

    3) Reduce the start up items. For that click start menu and type “cmd”( without quotes). Say the user account dialogue box to continue. Select the startup tab and deselect the programs that you dont want to start with windows.

    4) Do disk cleanup and defragmentation periodically.

    5) Turn off the sidebar and welcome center. Right click the sidebar and select properties. Uncheck start sidebar when windows starts. While the Welcome Center is mildly interesting the first time you see it, you will quickly tire of it appearing every time you boot your Vista PC. This behavior is easily changed by unchecking the Run a Startup button located at the bottom of the Welcome Center

    6) Use readyboost to increase the performance of your system.

    7) For some strange reasons you cannot add Internet Explorer to your desktop the easy way throught desktop items. But you can add it by modifying a registry value. Before editing the Windows Registry it is always advisable to make a backup of the Registry file.

    Click the Start button
    Open the Run dialog box (or type regedit in to the search box on the Start Menu)
    Type in regedit and press Enter
    Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
    Create a new DWORD 32-bit by right clicking in the key area
    Copy this as the key name including the brackets:
    {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
    Close regedit
    Right click on the Desktop and click the Refresh menu entry — Internet Explorer should now appear.

    8) The default behavior in vista start menu is sleep. But you can change it to shutdown. Open control panel and select system and maintenance and click change power plan under appropriate settings. In the next screen select change advanced power settings.

    In the advanced setting’s tab collapse power buttons and lid and then start menu power button change the settings from sleep to shutdown.

    9) If you want to restart your computer quickly for some reasons press control + alt + delete. In the new screen you will see a red shutdown button in the bottom right corner. Simply click it by pressing and holding control. Then a screen will appear asking you to confirm. Just click yes.
    Not being funny but where is number 10

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    ^ Maybe the 10th tip is to be understood ... Upgrade to Windows 7

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    quite funny. @Andy. btw these tips could be helpful for Windows 7 on low end PCs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyAndyK View Post
    ^ Maybe the 10th tip is to be understood ... Upgrade to Windows 7

    LOL

    However nithnr6 made a very good and easy to understand tutorial
    Last edited by leofelix; 17th November 2009 at 04:40.

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    Definitely, there are some rather useful tips there by nithinr6

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    sorry guys there was a tip about bringing mac xpose clone to vista. but when i checked again that link was broken. so i removed the 10th post and forgot to change the title

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    Quote Originally Posted by nithinr6 View Post
    sorry guys there was a tip about bringing mac xpose clone to vista. but when i checked again that link was broken. so i removed the 10th post and forgot to change the title
    I hope you wouldn't mind I corrected the title of your very good tip

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    Quote Originally Posted by leofelix View Post
    I hope you wouldn't mind I corrected the title of your very good tip
    oh no problem and thanks for correcting it

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    Good guide for Windows 7 and Vista beginners. Keep up your good work.

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