Jon: Of course I rebooted after having made the mods and prior to running
WEI. I've been in the business much longer than I care to admit <grin>.
I'm sure this issue will spawn many websites dedicated to Vista performance
tip and tricks, and I thank you for getting it started. If anything, it made
me aware of just how flexible Vista can be to the curious user. -William
"Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
> I'm sorry they didn't work for you. I did forget to mention the obligatory
> reboot after the services settings changes (without which there would be
> no effect in that area).
> I get a tangible performance gain here with some or all of those changes,
> but that may in part be due to the fact that Vista here is currently in a
> virtual machine, and hence not utilizing the full capabilities of my
> graphics card. The effect may well not be as marked once I am.
> I somehow suspect that this topic will be revisited a number of times in
> the next few months, though, so I'm sure there will be a number of other
> suggestions to emerge, plus a number dedicated websites to improving
> Vista's performance.
> "William" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> Jon, I followed your post "Speeding up Vista" line-by-line and made the
>> modifications you suggested after running a fresh WEI. True, the changes
>> did not leave Vista looking pretty, it confirmed there was no reason to
>> switch from XP. Take out the Security Center, Defender, Update, Aero,
>> Readyboost plus the slick graphics and Vista is nothing!
>> My computer was hardly flying. I did not notice the slightest change in
>> performance and in fact a post mod WEI yeilded EXACTLY the same results
>> and before the changes. Kudos to Microsoft for the stability in Vista for
>> that much.
>> I clicked on a JPG file and it took 20 seconds for Microsoft Office
>> Picture Manager (Vista version) to load up before the photo showed up on
>> the screen. I moved over to my older XP machine and did the same thing
>> using the same program (XP version) and Picture Manager was loaded and
>> running in a fraction of a second. I did this and several other
>> performance comparrisons, all with similar results. Several more tests
>> like this were done after your suggested mods with no noticeable
>> As a devout Microsoft fan, user and stockholder, I am very disappointed
>> to say (from my experience) Vista gets two thumbs down. I have no doubt
>> Microsoft will eventually get this thing right, but it could take a few
>> years. In the meantime, XP works well and for a few bucks extra, one can
>> buy most of the same add-on utilities and features as are in Vista.
>> "Jon" <Email_Address@SomewhereOrOther.com> wrote in message
>>> I've noticed that there are a number of threads started by people
>>> struggling with the speed of Vista, so I'll try to make some
>>> (non-hardware) suggestions, as to how you can get Vista zipping along
>>> like lightning....
>>> The suggestions are offered as is, and if you have any criticisms of
>>> them, or (better still) have any better suggestions then you are welcome
>>> to add them.
>>> They may not leave Vista looking as pretty, so they won't please
>>> everyone, but they should hopefully get it Flying along with a capital
>>> 1. PERFORMANCE SETTINGS
>>> Right-click 'Computer' > Properties > Advanced System Settings
>>> Click 'Settings' under 'Performance'
>>> On the 'Visual effects' tab of the 'Performance Options' dialog box
>>> uncheck everything apart from
>>> -Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop
>>> -Use visual styles on windows and buttons
>>> -Show preview and filters in folder
>>> -(Animate Windows when minimizing and maximising)
>>> -(Use a background image for each folder type)
>>> On the 'Advanced' tab, make sure 'Performance' is checked for
>>> 'Adjust for best performance of...'
>>> Click ok
>>> 2. EFFECTS
>>> Right-click Desktop > Personalize > Windows Color and Appearance >
>>> Effects > Uncheck all boxes
>>> 3. SERVICES
>>> Consider setting to manual or disabling some of these services....
>>> Control Panel Administrative Tools > Services
>>> Double-click on the relevant service and click the down arrow in the
>>> 'Startup type' box
>>> Tablet PC Input Service >>> Disabled
>>> Certificate Propagation >>> Disabled [unless system uses smart
>>> ReadyBoost >>> Disabled
>>> Windows Search >>> Manual / Disabled
>>> Background Intelligent Transfer Service >>> Manual
>>> Remote Registry >>> Disabled
>>> and **ONLY** if you know what you are doing with regards to security,
>>> then you could do the same with the following (enable when needed).....
>>> Windows Defender >>> Manual / Disabled
>>> Windows Update >>> Manual / Disabled [Enable when needed]
>>> Security Center >>> Disabled
>>> 4. REMOTE DESKTOP / REMOTE ASSISTANCE
>>> You could also consider the following...
>>> Control Panel > System > Remote (tab)
>>> Uncheck 'Allow remote assistance connections.....'
>>> and under Remote Desktop....
>>> Check 'Don't allow connections to this computer'